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Dec. 26, 2009

Chairman: Shri. S. S. Sohoni, IAS (Retd) Director: Dr. S. S. Gokhale


At a Glance 1960

VRCE Nagpur started in June 1960 in Government Polytechnic – Nagpur with financial responsibilities shared between State & Central Government  Three branches Civil (60), Mechanical (30) and Electrical (30) with total of 120 students (50% from Maharashtra, 30% from neighboring states and 20% from others parts in country)  18 faculty members, 9 administrative staff  Governing Board was constituted for appointments, development, purchases, administration, construction etc. 


At a Glance 2002 In 2002 VRCE became VNIT with Deemed University Status from UGC and Central Government taking full financial & administrative responsibility  Academic Programs in 2002: B Tech - 8 + B Arch & M Tech – 6 (50% students from State & 50% from other States)  Degrees awarded between 1960 and 2002 under Nagpur University: UG 8776 & PG -1106  August 2007 VNIT becomes Institute of National Importance under the Act of Parliament 


At a Glance 2009 Academic Programs: B Tech - 9 + B Arch & M Tech – 13 (Teaching to Research)  Students on Roll: UG - 2096 & PG - 524; Faculty: 161, Non-Teaching & Administrative Staff: 211  Graduates till 2009: B Tech- 12589, PG- 2389  Student Placement Record ~ 90+% in recent time  11 patents awarded, 6 awaited  Books published by faculty 21 


Dr. Bhanu, Ex-Director Kalpakkam Nuclear Power Station 1973 Batch of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering


1983 Batch has set up w-fi network covering half of VNIT campus Various batches have set up funds for helping needy students


Qualitative & Quantitative Expansion between 2003 & 2009     

Built area 80300 m2 to 1,14,200 m2 Hostels capacity from ~900 to ~1500 New PG Hostel, Ladies Hostel Expansion, Mega Mess, Library & Informatics Centre Research Publications ~ 150+ per year Three fold increase in R&D and Testing & Consultancy earning


Paradox   

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Indian Industries are starving of Engineers – Financial Times (21-12-2009) ~2500 Engineering Institutions in the country Academic accreditation is based on inputs (class rooms, student/teacher ratio) rather than output based (learning outcome) Employability of the graduates is market driven and is questionable INDIA@75 with 9% sustained growth would need 200 million graduates and 500 million trained manpower


Motivation for current initiative

Connecting yesterday with today for better tomorrow for the Institute  Ideas & Suggestions for Scaling up Institutional capabilities  Developing Vision & Direction that Institute should take – Presentation to MHRD  Connecting all Alumni & Providing Platform for the same 


Critical Areas of Concern     

Teaching is not preferred profession & thus difficulties in attracting high quality faculty Faculty shortages in critical areas Enhancing academic and research capabilities of the faculty Training and skill development of Existing Non-Teaching Staff Use of technology in all facets of Institution


What has been done –       

SWOT analysis carried out by department visits ISO 9001 process has started NPTEL material is available Faculty participated in IUCEE workshop Internal review of all R&D projects completed Funding agencies are aggressively pursued Facelift of the Institute facilities – broachers, exhibition halls …


SWOT Analysis (Strength)     

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Qualified, Experienced Staff VNIT Students accepted in higher learning academic institutions (national/International) Alumni well placed in industries / Entrepreneurs Active participation of faculty in R&D Infrastructure to carry out cutting edge research (VLSI, Nanotechnology, CFD, Earthquake resistant structures) Good research publications Active participation in appropriate technology (KVIC, RG ST&C)


SWOT Analysis (Weakness)     

Paucity of space Qualifications & technical competence of supporting staff is inadequate Location disadvantage (industries) Removal of obsolescence from existing structures VRCE / VNIT Alumni not well connected with Institute


SWOT Analysis (Opportunity)      

Setting up of incubation centre Setting up of centers of excellence in interdisciplinary areas Starting need based certification courses NABL accreditation for some laboratories to enhance testing MIHAN and SEZ to provide enhanced industrial interaction Better pay package in VI Pay Commission


SWOT Analysis (Threat) 

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Fierce competition for acquiring quality human resources due to opening of new IITs and NITs This will indirectly affect adversely the quality of incoming students Faculty attrition and inability to attract good faculty in cutting edge technology areas


Technical Education Quality Improvement Program - Phase I World-Bank assisted MHRD administered 

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project ~ Rs 20+ crore between 2003-09 Infrastructure upgrade, Faculty Knowledge & Non-Teaching Staff Skill Improvement, Networking, Community & Tribal Development Starting new academic programs Regular audits and mentoring by senior academic professionals Perceived performance score has steadily gone up from 6.3 in 2005 to 9.1 out of 10 in 2008


Technical Education Quality Improvement Program - Phase II  

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Project to start in April 2010 Emphasis on Engineering Education Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Programs and Cutting Edge Research Anticipated financial outlay ~ Rs 15+ Crore VNIT is a strong contender based on past performance record VNIT Director to support in Nationwide TEQIP II evaluation & mentor setting up NIT in Mizoram


But in addition to all these ‌ ‌ efforts are made to bring together all the alumnus.


Few Distinguished Alumni

Dinesh Keskar, Senior VP, Boeing, USA Subhash Lalla, Former Chief Sec. Gov. Maharashtra Vijay Bhatkar, Former Director C - DAC Samir K Barua, Director IIM Ahemdabad M S Unnikrishnan, MD & CEO, Thermax Ltd Prakash Telang, CEO Tata Motors S R Ahuja, VIshal Group of Industries Ravi Kalia, Professor, City College, New York Surendra Kashyap, Vastushastra Expert, Astha TV Sudhir Kalla, VP, Exide India Country Head Jaydeep Balakrishnan, University of Calgary, Canada Ms. Kamal Singh, VC, Amravati University Jayant Apte, Retd. Air Vice Marshal Late Hemant Karkare – ATS

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Formalizing Alumni structure STEPS TAKEN  

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A Professor In charge alumni affairs made at an Institute level. Departmental levels talks conducted with a faculty responsible for coordinating affairs from each department has been made. Four students are selected from each department to assess the process in initial phases. Efforts are taken to establish a strong alumni cell. An all India Alumnus meet has been initiated on 26th Dec. 2009 to unite all Alumni of VRCE & VNIT


Future Plans with alumnus support     

A concrete alumnus structure with a registered organization and office bearers. Official chapter formation all across the world. A dedicated website & office for alumni affairs Life membership for alumnus with a VNIT email id and provision for use of institute resources A Centralized database to help you connect with all the other friends


Wish List:        

Academic syllabus review & upgrade Two way sabbatical between Industry-Academia Assistance in setting up laboratories & knowledge repositories Improved Industry academia relations, research projects & consultancy, placement cell Partnership in socially useful projects Employment opportunities to the VNIT students Setting up Institute Chair for Emeritus Professor Help in sustaining and expanding Alumni Network


We have a long way to go together‌ VNIT heartily welcomes you and Thank You for being with us this morning Wish you and your family a Happy, healthy and Prosperous 2010 !

Director Presentation on 26th December for General Alumni Meet Nagpur  

Director Presentation on 26th December for General Alumni Meet Nagpur

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