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This magazine is issued by the UoM Students’ Engineering Society affiliated with the UoM Students’ Union 2011/12

August 2012

Magazine 2012 1st Edition


Engineering Society Presents

engineering & SCience


21st - 23rd august 2012 unIversity of Mauritius 09h00 - 15h30 Contact us

Ravi Leelachand (9484689) Rishikesh Poorun (947 3588) Usham Teeluck (770 9225) Akhtar Jadhakhan (736 2859) Akilesh Kowlessur (490 4416)

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This event is organised by the UOM Engineering Society in association with the UOM Students’ Union under the joint collaboration of the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science.

Affiliated with UoM Students’ Union

Contents Message Section 3 The Dean of Faculty

The President of Students’ Union


The President of Engineering Society


8-9 Interview with Harvind Jeeool and Ravi Leelachand FOE Seen by Her and Him [Survey]

10 - 11

My Path as an Engineer, by Deena 12 UOM Engineering Society


16 A Glimpse into Engineering Profession The Institution of Engineers (Mauritius)


Important link (University of Mauritius)


Our Events Valentine’s Day 21 22 Street Soccer 23 Club Fair Engineering Job Fair 24 - 25 26 Deepavali Night 27

Eid Gathering

End of Year Party

28 - 29

FOE Outings

30 - 31

The Departments

Chemical and Environmental Engineering Dept


Civil Engineering Dept


Computer Science and Engineering Dept


Electrical and Electronic Engineering Dept


Mechanical and Production Engineering Dept


48 Textile Technology Dept Our Go Green Activities


Mind Puzzles


55 Join us on Facebook 56 Engineering Society Magazine Team 2012


Prof (Dr) Toolseeram Ramjeawon Professor of Environmental Engineering Dean, Faculty of Engineering “The great liability of the engineer compared to men of other professions is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step, are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like the doctors. He cannot argue them into thin air or blame the judge like the lawyers. He cannot, like the architects, cover his failures with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope that the people will forget. The engineer simply cannot deny that he did it. If his works do not work, he is damned.” – Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

On behalf of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Mauritius, let me welcome all new and returning students to the Faculty for the 2012/2013 academic year. Congratulations to all new students for securing admission in our Faculty! The Faculty of Engineering, established in 1968, is Mauritius’s top engineering and computing faculty. Its mission is to provide a world class education in the field of engineering, computer science and information technology. In 2011/2012 the total student population in the Faculty was about 3015 (2550 full-time students and 465 part-time students). 184 students were following MSc programmes and there were 42 research students enrolled on MPhil/PhD degrees. Our four year undergraduate BEng (Hons) programmes satisfy the academic requirements of the Council of Registered Engineers (Mauritius) for registration as Professional Engineers. We are very proud of our Faculty and our degrees is of international standard opening the door to a wider range of careers in Mauritius and overseas. Our graduates are held in high esteem overseas and our graduates have regularly gone on to pursue postgraduate studies at leading universities around the world. I urge all students to read the regulations on our website very carefully as they form part of a contract of sorts, one that automatically starts when you sign your registration forms. I would like to remind many of you that the degree for which you are reading is but the first milestone on the road to becoming a professional engineer. You will not be recognized as a professional until you have gained substantial work experience. As a professional you would be responsible for people’s lives and properties. It is a great responsibility. As such, it is incumbent upon you to strive for a truly deep understanding of the material that is presented in your course of study. The Faculty is noting with great concern that many students prefer to try to work their way round the system by not attending classes and some are satisfied with just barely passing to get the degree. I am sure that you would not like to know that your personal physician may have earned his degree in this manner. Returning students will notice many changes this year including refurbishment of our laboratories and improved health and safety in the Faculty. The Faculty will soon be launching a number of design competitions and I invite you to take part actively. New students will find the challenges of a University education daunting. At times, you will be under pressure from your peers, staff or family. You have much more freedom than before, but also have to manage your time to make sure you cope successfully. You will be in a new environment, facing many issues. If you need assistance during your course of studies, do not hesitate in consulting with your lecturers in a timely manner. We all wish you well in your studies. Your success depends on your commitment. Apart from the skills represented by your present qualifications, there is one key requirement for success in your respective programmes . You need a sense of motivation and be firm in your conviction that you need a degree either for the sheer joy and need of learning and/or because you are sure you would like to start your career with a degree from the Faculty of Engineering. A proper balance between work and play will ensure that you make the most of your talents and yet have a memorable stay at the University. I would like to congratulate the Engineering Society and the editorial team for producing the first edition of this magazine. I wish you all a successful start to the 2012/2013 academic year.



FOKEERAH Navish The President The Students’ Union 2011/12

The Students’ Union The Students’ Union, established in 1971, is the official organisation of the students of the University. It is run for students by the students under its own constitution and is the centre of student non-academic activities. The two main functions of the Union are: to act as the representative body in all matters concerning the students; and to promote and provide for the welfare and the social, cultural and educational activities of the students.

Dear Friends, It gives me immense pleasure and honour in delivering my message in this first ever faculty of Engineering Souvenir Magazine. The Faculty of Engineering has since long contributed immensely in making the University of Mauritius a famous and proud institution. Our country has benefited from countless graduates from the faculty who have helped in boosting our island’s development and economy. It is well known that engineering is an integral and highly significant component of any country’s economy and success. This magazine contains the proud history of the Faculty, articles and photos that you can cherish for a lifetime. It is praiseworthy effort, as the magazine helps strengthen the unity and sense of belonging at the faculty. I would like to convey my gratitude to the whole Engineering Society team and congratulate them for this endeavor. I would like to thank my friends; Manveer Mahabirsingh (President), Rishikesh Poorun (VicePresident) and Ravi Leelachand (Students’ Rep FOE) I seize this opportunity to wish all of you all the very best and may you enjoy your stay and success. Regards FOKEERAH Navish President, Students’ Union



MAHABIRSINGH Manveer The President UoM Students Engineering Society 2011/12

First and fore mostly, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the many ingenious and inquisitive individuals who have recently joined a flourishing generation and a dynamic cohort of engineers. Moving on to tertiary studies involve many facets in the personality and development in a young individual, seizing the opportunity and ensuring a promising progress are objectives a prospective professional needs to set well ahead in time. The engineering society offers such opportunities where skills comprising of interaction and PR, communication, leadership and creativity surface at their utmost best. The many events, endeavours and projects conducted over the past 5 years have been concrete evidence of the innovative ability, forward-thinking and commitment of ambitious engineering students. A hard-working, dedicated and proficient executive committee has been overlooking the operations of the society since its establishment, whereby the members have pledged an on-going allegiance to the interests and advancement of the study of engineering as well as the wellbeing of the students. The many events organised by the body over the years depict a rich combination of the credits belonging to a complete engineering student. Each and every student is to find at least an area of interest in the range of events organised, prospects offered and involvement required on behalf of the engineering society, making the latter for one and all. University years are pillars to the foundation of a buoyant career but also memories to cherish. Joining the engineering society will provide you with the invaluable chances of engaging yourself both socially and academically as well as enjoying these years to the core by being active and resourceful. For these many reasons, I shall fervently encourage you to allow yourself the chance of making a difference and gaining out of it by joining the engineering society. On this encouraging note, I shall leave you to make the most of your time at the University and hope you choose the right path and accomplishments towards a successful career. Awaiting to see a good number of engineering students on the platform of the engineering society. Mahabirsingh Manveer President of UOM Engineering Society


Welcome to the Faculty of Engineering “Inovation in every dimension”

UoM Faculty of Engineering Faculty of Engineering


Every new beginning in life involves doubts, excitement, apprehension and indeed expectations. Well, embarking on a new journey requires courage, strength and determination. Starting university life is the best thing that one can cherish upon while starting one’s early adulthood life. However, if you sit on a hot bath, do not think that the whole town is warm. Accept the challenges and difficulties as opportunities to grow and discover yourself. Every long journey starts with a small step, and university life is one, a hub of knowledge where students are the main protagonists. Note that if you take big paces, you leave big spaces. Hence, cherish every movement and moment given to you before and after your time spent at our institution. The University of Mauritius is a platform for every student to develop him/herself in a unique warm social environment. With a view of providing you a complete university life, our institution offers a variety of services, social groups, societies and sports to assist you along your journey. You may as well find a worm in a good apple, but please, always remember that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Whenever you come across a stepping stone along your university path, be assured that you are always surrounded by your friends and seniors. And, the key is always Communication. As a senior student, and former President of the Students’ Union, striving for excellence and fighting for UoM students rights were the every essence that build my journey here, on campus. I shall encourage everyone of you to participate, enjoy and cherish of every activities done on the campus to enrich your journey and stay at the university. I wish you all a fruitful and successful stay at the university. Long live the Faculty of Engineering Long live the University of Mauritius Long live the Republic of Mauritius JEEOOL Harvind

2008/2009: Committee member of UoM Cafetaria Supervisory Committee & President of Engineering Society 2009/2010: Faculty Representative of Engineering 2010/2011: President of Students’ Union 2010/2012 Present : Senior Advisor of the UoM Students’ Engineering Society & Committee member of the UoM Sports Committee



Dear Student Friends welcome to University of Mauritius and in particular to the FOE, the second largest faculty in the university. No doubt, you newcomers are here with lot of dreams, aspirations and great expectations. As the students’ representative we would do our best to enable you to fulfill your dreams and aspirations and fully live your expectations. The students’ union, contrary to what many students think, does not exist to fight against the University. Instead, what we do is collaborate with the university to resolve issues that affect the student. Our role can be categorized as follows: entertainment, extra-curricular activities as well as academic responsibilities. As for the extra-curricular activities, we regularly organize job fairs, to keep you informed of the latest developments and needs of the job market. Our engineering clubs and societies are actively involved in activities such as the keep clean and green campaign, organization of workshops and seminars that help in the personality development of students. We are also aware that of students need some entertainment following the hard work that they do regularly. In this respect, we organized at regular intervals dance parties, outings, shows (divali show and multicultural show.) The faculty of Engineering, we have also put in place, several facilities that will help you in your everyday life for example; there is a mini-cafeteria which is now operational near the engineering tower and also a photocopy point which facilitates your task for printing every day. The process of placing lockers at strategic places in the engineering tower for the safe keeping of your belongings has also been implemented. As you can see we are actively involved in many activities that have as their ultimate goal the welfare of the student force. I will therefore make an appeal to you to come and join us so that together we can do many more wonderful things for the student community. I thank you all for your kind attention and wish you a fruitful and successful stay at the university. But Bear In mind my Friends, “Your past success guarantee nothing in the future, Yesterday is gone, let’s focus on tomorrow” Long live the students’ union, Long live the University of Mauritius, Long live the Republic of Mauritius.

Ravi Leelachand Faculty Representative The Students’ Union



at you are “To better understand wh of the box“ doing always think out - Mira

“Faculty of Eng has great capabilities with supportive environment.“ - Vanusha

“Engineering is one of the most promisin g career compared to others fields. I love engineering because it is very exciting, exciting to be creative , imaginative and in ventive, knowing that maybe something I’ ll work on would be eventually part of an aircarft or some complex systems.“ - Ashika

“dan faculty ferail, li vre ban cours la extra tough mai li extra fiere mo dan faculT ene faculT ki mariii seryE apre nou fac rep si bien dedicated enevers so travay“

“FoE : soi to apran so

i to fail xD “

- Sweta

- Reeya

“b foe ofai mo penC ki zot aC unfair ek ba ne etudiant..lor koT exams, tests, reports, training..bien bulky..“ - Jaya

g dificile, surtu pu ban in er ne gi en ki er ns pe u “Buk , engineering li pareil tifi ki on rs ga ki ! n! no tifi, mai build mo characteur ek pu les 2! Foe in aid moi n e, mo tujur fiere detre da mem si mo cour li dificil la fami engineering! “ - Saniya


pou ena “FOE un grand fami, pa perience! so 2eme!!!! ti un bon ex arad bon courage a nou cam level 1 ki p rentre :)“

- Ash

mon ss tro vite, kan a p in em et l o o “azi ai in , pan realizer m u to i n fi in n a k rentre - Hitesh amizer bien!!“

“ FOE faculty ferail - ni ckname foe kan mo ti fek rentre, un ti advic e a ban newcomers, so now dir toi tou lor en gineering!“ - Raj

dpi bistop ziska “Ena buku pou marcher engineering tower :(“

m ek “sa letem mon pass a uo bliyer ban pou t bliyer zamai, mai foder pa zo apran osi“ hley - As

- Nitish

“ Amazing, Awesome, Gr eat........... Man,.......these words ar e not enough to describe the FOE and th e family xD“

n feminin dan io in p o l k n a “m mo class“ - Koushal

“mo trouve FOE bien orga


niser “

- Belaal

tE urs facul e l il e m s de cest lune in“ in e b e o f “ ciliT ki biz a f - Magny e n a b u o t a nou en

“FOE li mari serieux ek mo proud to be in it“

ne “J’ai surement passé l’u de ma des meilleures années up vie. jai rencontré beauco fait de personnes. je me suis t une beaucoup d’amis. Ce fu ante.“ expérience tres enrichiss - Anshu

“FOE, We are making th

e futur“

- Ali

- Hassim

busy !“ “dynamic and - Ravi




Salil Prashant Deena I was a student at the University of Mauritius, studying Information Technology from 2002-2005. Since then, I have moved on working in the IT industry for one and a half years in Mauritius. I was then awarded a State of Mauritius postgraduate scholarship for my MSc in Advanced Computer Science at the University of Manchester. I really enjoyed my time at Manchester, mostly because of my frequent escapades to Old Trafford when the going got tough. Thanks to this reason, I managed to convince the university to offer me a scholarship for my PhD. I spent another four years on my PhD whilst working part-time as Kiosk Assistant at Manchester United. Those were the most fun days of my life. On finishing my PhD, I was offered a Research Engineer job at a company in Manchester, doing stuff directly related to my PhD. So, it seems I am destined to stay in this wonderful city for quite a while. The thing I liked the most about UoM was the easy access to lectures and the social life on campus. I found it quite easy to mingle with students from other schools and faculties. This is quite different at the University of Manchester because the campus is spread all over the city with a main road running through the university. As a result, there are not really many communal areas like the UoM “Raised Plaza� where all students gather. The University of Manchester has a very big campus and most student community life happens indoors as opposed to outdoors, thanks to the wonderful British weather! We only have a limited number of days of sunshine in spring and summer but otherwise, its pretty gloomy. The campus facilities were not really great at UoM but sufficient for the things I had to do. I used to spend hours in the university library prior to exams and before assignment deadlines. It was a great way to make new friends, especially because of the fact that the library was pretty empty at other times of the semester! The cafeteria was my best hang out place in afternoons after lectures especially because I could grab myself some tea with really delicious faratas. On the whole, I don’t think that students at UoM have anything to envy from university like the University of Manchester. The quality of education is not much different and I tend to think that UoM has more competition, encouraging students to give more of themselves. Moreover, there is a whole breadth of extra-curricular activities on campus that help students develop themselves both personally and professionally. The green campus at UoM is also an asset that you have and the nice and friendly people you meet everyday on campus are enough to put a big smile on your face. Students at the UoM should rejoice of the fact that they spend the formative years of their lives in a secure environment and surrounded by their families. This is a luxury that people in England do not have. Most British people I met pursuing their studies at universities in the UK are left on their own by their families and have to take student loans to fund their studies. We in Mauritius, are spoilt by our parents who handle all the financial and nurturing aspects of our lives, whilst we pursue our education to become the people we are meant to become. I thank the UoM for giving me the strong foundation that allowed me to pursue my dreams in the UK. Salil Prashant Deena Research Engineer at Image Metrics


UoM Students’



Gearing the future “Engineering problems are under-defined; there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.” – Quoted By Ove Arup

Engineering Society Email UoM Engineering Society

The purpose of the UoM Students’ Engineering Society is to explore the sides of engineering which defines interactions between technology and our society. Engineering Society is open to all UOM students in all departments at University of Mauritius, under the direction of the executive members, and the Dean of Faculty. And this year it is with great honour that we have been able to issue our very first magazine compiling all the good memories of the students and the Engineering Society during the previous academic year.

Our Activities Since its creation the UoM Engineering Society has been engaged into many acticities for the extra-curricular development of students, such as; the various site visits, seminars, job fair for the engineerig students and for the first time ever the Engineering Society would organize the 2012 Fair in collaboration with the Faculty of Science to approach the technological aspects in the development of our society rather than just engineering aspects. We have not limited ourselves to the organization of academic extra-curricular activities, but as well, for entertainment purposes, such as the club fair, street soccer, red hot valentine party, cultural gathering, and the faculty outing. We, however, would not stop here, bringing forward more and more innovative and constructive projects, as well as other events, for the benefits of the students and we strongly encourage you all to participate as much actively as possible into our forthcoming activities this academic year.

“Engineering offers a kaleidoscope of rewarding career opportunities across many disciplines. It’s worth remembering that Engineers change the world!” - Stephen Payne

What is engineering? Engineering is a vast discipline, skill, and profession of acquiring and applying the scientific, economic, social, creativity and practical knowledge, in order, to design and build structures, construct machines, develope devices, improve systems, and process materials, in other words, the mutual development towards the benefit and safe continuity of one’s society.

Your role as Engineers What is an “engineer”? This term has become somewhat generic and has been applied informally to almost any task. We use the term in the traditional sense of “one who applies education and experience to the physical elements of the world to produce a product or system”, but the real question is - How are you going to fit into this definition once you have completed your formation at the university. Well, here are a few tips which would define your role, as engineers; Planning - At the beginning of any project you are assigned/employed to, you need to start with the planning of the project, establishing all the parameters, accounting for all conditions and stepwise procedures of the project. Implement - The next step, implementing, constructing, making the project. Monitor the progress of the project according your planing, stay in liaison with the client. Prepare for any consequence and ready to seek for alternative at any moment during project implementation and ensure completion of project. Maintenance - The work do not stop upon completion of your assigned project, ensuring the proper usage and maintenance of system rest on the shoulder of the engineers.

Best Regards for the Academic year 2012/13


A Glimpse into the Engineering Profession Kiran BHUJUN C.Eng MIEI M.ASCE RPEM MPMI REGISTRAR, Council of Registered Professional Engineers of Mauritius


Over the years, engineering seems to have been the natural outlet of many science students exiting secondary schooling… And very often, three or four years later, a high proportion of them are amazed by the requirement of a job associated with engineering, as this was not what the movies said engineering was all about… Many are shocked at the lack of glamour associated with engineering, while others become dejected by the low salary as compared to their friends who did less “stressful” degrees, such as management or finance, and who ended up with plush jobs, earning sometimes one and a half to two times more than our typical engineering graduates at the beginning of their career. Those who are left, and who look at engineering as their career path, should however be aware of what lies ahead, and what they should expect and more importantly, what prospective employers and society at large would be expecting from them. A few of these requirements are summarized below:

Engineers as an asset to their organisation

Engineers are expected to be valuable assets to the organisation, with a variety of aptitude for the work environment. It is expected that Engineers, through their methodical mode of education and training, should be able to assess situations, whether technical or not, in a logical and systematic manner, breaking it up into solvable portions to help the organisation sort out the issue. Hence, for example, in planning the logistics for the shifting of an office, an Engineer, though it is not his field of responsibility, should be able to advise how to proceed, so that there is as little disruption as possible to the working space, with minimum risk of damage to the furniture being shifted. Or, Engineers should be able to advise on procurement matters and procedures, even though their initial responsibilities may be limited to preparing the specifications for the said procurement exercise. In the same way, Engineers are expected to be IT conversant and should generally be able to solve their IT blips or install a new printer or configure a new fax machine without having to disturb the official IT technicians who could then spend more time helping those not conversant with information technology.

Creativity level expressed by Registered Professional Engineers

Modern world thrives on technological feats and novelties, which attract businesses and which can be either a source of revenue (direct or indirect) or a source of pride. Engineers are closely linked with all technological concepts as well as the maintenance of previously implemented technological feats in an efficient manner. Local examples abound and one of the visible ones may be the new MCB headquarters in St-Jean. While general public would marvel at the elliptic structure and photo-voltaic glass panes and supporting structure being in fact water retaining structures, Engineers would be delighted that counter-parts have shown creativity in constructing something which at first sight is technologically very difficult.


As example, an elliptic shape is beautiful to the eye, yet it takes a mature understanding to appreciate the difficulties the Engineers must have had to cast concrete on that shape, the level of calculation and checking required, at that height, to ensure the formworks had been properly placed, the level of supervision required to ensure proper placing of concrete at height as well as the application of the right technology to select appropriate materials for the photo-voltaic window panes such that it is thick enough to resist cyclonic gusts, opaque enough to provide privacy and yet clear enough to maximize on the availability of sunlight, thereby furthering the concept of sustainable development. Similar feats are carried out every day in other fields of engineering and fresh engineering graduates are expected to be knowledgeable enough, or be willing to read and learn about new processes to such an extent that they become valuable contributors to this process.

Participation in the decision making process

Engineers are usually seen as a main link in the decision making process to implement policies. The advice and knowledge of Engineers are being tapped on a daily basis, at all levels, before taking major decisions. Some aspects from the public sector which require input from Engineers are: (i) alleviation of traffic congestion, (ii) construction of new school or drains in remote places, whereby Engineers are required to apply creative thinking to solve local problems like soil condition, water-retaining land, sloppy or rocky land, (iii) the decision to pull down an old building or its repair, (iv) the energy supply sustainability aspects (v) the amount of money to be paid to Contractors, (vi) the choice of a passenger lift to allow the public to go to public offices, (vii) the choice of electric wiring and type of lighting to be used, or (viii) the type of procurement method to be used in a public procurement process, Engineers are often given little credit for these contributions which, in most cases, exceed the Engineer’s primary role of being purely a technical Professional. A Professional Engineer however is seen as an all-rounder employee who could equally chair a meeting, handle a management report and present a project to a wide audience.

Understanding hazard as part of the Engineering job

One aspect which fresh engineering students should realise is that Engineers are not expected to drive to their office, sit there the whole day and drive back home at the end of the day. Engineers are required to inspect sites of work, to supervise that works being undertaken are in line with set requirements, are being done as per the prescribed specifications and are being done in a way which respect the Health and Safety regulations in force in the country, as well as good practices. In this connection, it is a common sight to see Engineers climbing scaffoldings, or worst, ladders and formworks, to visit and check a building reported to be in a damaged state, visit and inspect a site declared as a landslide-prone zone, check the level and position of reinforcement bars, the secure anchoring of a transformer on a pillar, check the safety aspect of lifts, boilers, engines and generators, or open to inspect sewer manholes, or climb down manholes to inspect pipes, to name but a few common tasks. These tasks all require positive personal action from Engineers. How can an Engineer check the safety of a lift or the secure anchoring of a scaffolding except by climbing on it himself,


thereby putting himself in danger. How can an Engineer assess the structural soundness of an old building except by entering the said building and inspecting it, without regard to the risk of concrete bits falling off the roof, into his eyes or on his head? Engineering is a profession of responsibility and this involves taking risks and taking responsibility to ensure everything is safe for society. In this connection, even the forthcoming OSHA Regulations on Scaffoldings will expect Engineers to design, verify erection and certify the hazard-free nature of scaffoldings on all sites of work.

The engineering registration process for the practice of engineering

Engineering is a specialised and complex field to be undertaken by only qualified Registered Professional Engineers. Hence, as per the Registered Professional Engineers’ Council Act 1966, practice of engineering means “the advising on, the reporting on, the designing or the approval of designs of” a series of items, amongst which public utilities, bridges, highways, harbor works, cranes, drainage works, irrigation works, water works, sewage works, power transmission systems, steels, concrete and reinforced concrete structures, gas and oil developments, country and community planning. Statistics at Council indicates that engineering graduates nowadays take about 5 years to register, much longer therefore than the required minimum two years post qualification period. For recall, an engineering graduate can only practice professional engineering in Mauritius provided s/he is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Council of Registered Professional Engineers under the RPEC Act 1966. Registration first requires a mandatory minimum satisfactory supervised training period of at least 24 months prior to a consideration being given to an application for registration. The process requires applicants to submit a report on their training and attend a technical interview of about 1 to 2 hours, where their technical knowledge is orally tested. Registration has never been an easy routine process and it is still not a routinely easy process. Registration requires applicants to demonstrate their ability to handle responsibility expected of a Registered Professional Engineer, with the consequence that the success rate to the registration interview is roughly 65%. Further details on the registration process is available from


Engineering is a profession of responsibility, one where people are expected to be willing to learn and willing to do the extra mile to always remain aware of latest development in their respective field. Recently, an applicant for registration came to his interview and said “I don’t know about this aspect of engineering; I will find out when the works on site reach that level”: this is a good example of mediocrity, something that the engineering profession does not want and does not need. The engineering profession will only progress further when the newer generation understands the value of being prepared and not thinking that life is cool and everything is a breeze… Is there in the new generation someone ready to be a future bright Engineer? The way to succeed is already chalked out, but the decision to make the required effort is in your hand … THE REGISTRAR, COUNCIL OF REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS c/o MINISTRY OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, LAND TRANSPORT & SHIPPING, Civil Engineering Section, Phoenix, Mauritius (Phone) 698-8376 (FAX) 686-4506 (E-mail)


INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS (MAURITIUS) The Institution of Engineers Mauritius (IEM) was founded on 23 February 1948 during a meeting attended by 12 founding members. The Association was first named the Engineers Association (Mauritius) and later renamed The Association of Professional Engineers of Mauritius (APEM). In 1978, under the leadership of Mr Roland Desmarais, the APEM was renamed as the Institution of Engineers Mauritius now better known as IEM. A new constitution of IEM was approved in1993 which transformed our institution into a learned professional body in line with other similar overseas institutions. The main objectives of IEM are as follows: (i) To foster engineering science and its applications in all engineering disciplines; (ii) To ensure the highest standards of service in engineering, and (iii) To improve the status and safeguard the interests of the engineering profession. The IEM is managed by an Executive Council composed of 8 elected members during the Annual General Assembly + a maximum of 4 other co-opted members in line with the provisions of the Constitution. IEM is proud of the recognition given by Government with the vesting of a government quarters at Quatre Bornes which has now been refurbished into our own IEM House and the nomination of IEM representatives on the Boards of many parastatal bodies or Government institutions such as The Council of Registered Professional Engineers (CRPE), Central Electricity Board (CEB), Mauritius Standards Council (MSC), The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), The Court of the University of Mauritius etc. Today, IEM regroups engineers in all disciplines working in both the public and private sectors. There are five grades of membership – Fellow Member, Corporate Member, Associate Member, Technician Member and Student Member. IEM values the admission of university students on its roll; the latter benefits tremendously in the interaction and meeting with the more senior members of the profession. Admission fee is Rs200 and there is no annual membership fee for Student Members. IEM works in close collaboration with the University of Mauritius and participates in the joint IEM UoM Final Year Project Competition where the best three final year projects are recognized; cash prizes and shields are offered to the winners on Engineers Day scheduled on 13 September of each year. IEM will welcome any request from the university students in sharing the common engineering vision and in so doing strengthen the status of the engineering profession in Mauritius. Engineers of tomorrow must look forward to work freely anywhere in the world as per the Washington Accord once the local universities courses are accredited and accepted worldwide. We hope to count many of you on the IEM membership roll soon. C/o Pro-Five Ltd, 56 Ylang Ylang Ave. Quatre Bornes Mauritius Tel. 465-8047/465-8660 Fax 465-7333/465-3247

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QUICK UPDATES 21/08/2012 Engineering and Science Career Fair 2012 organized in joint collaboration of the Faculty of Engineering with Faculty of Science. 03/09/2012 End of online module registration for non-level one students. 19/09/2012 “Semaine de L’etudiant” One week full of academic activities, sports competitions, club fair, extra curricular activities and dance party.

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Event organized by The Students’ Union, Clubs and Societies Photo by: Sandeep Doorgah


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Event organized by The Students’ Union, Clubs and Societies Photo by: Sandeep Doorgah


Event organized by the Engineering Society and the Students’ Union

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The Engineering Job Fair The Engineering Society and the Students’ Union have worked together, bringing forward this fair whereby students from the university and colleges come in contact with recruiting and developing companies and firms. The Engineering Society provided different interaction platform, during the fair, between company and students for recruitment itself and/or for career building and guidance in the different evolving engineering field in Mauritius and worldwide.

Event organized by The Students’ Union, Clubs and Societies

Eid Gathering

Event organized by The Students’ Union, Clubs and Societies


academic breaks After one long academic semester, the Students’ Union often organizes the faculty-wise outing for UoM students, including the Faculty of Engineering. In collaboration with other societies and clubs, the Engineering Society had few activities planned, such as the tug-of-war, beach volley and the “flash mob”. Recently, the Students’ Union even offered the students a Beach Foam Party.


Head of Department Welcome to the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Mauritius. Chemical engineering is a discipline that extends to numerous areas of technology and development. Chemical engineers are responsible for the conception and design of processes for the purpose of production, transportation and transformation of raw materials into desired products. In simple terms, chemical engineering involves the conversions of raw materials into valuable products on an industrial scale and in particular through a sustainable approach. It encompasses research and development in the laboratory followed by implementation of the process and technologies in commercial scale production. In our department besides core chemical engineering, the programmes have been mounted to address two additional key pressing global concerns, namely the environment and energy, which provide numerous opportunities to the learned scholars in these specialized areas in integrating the knowledge acquired in developments across almost all economic sectors, an imperative need to ensure sustainable progress. The wideness and versatility of our programmes continue to open new opportunities for our graduates. The department has a relatively young but energetic, hardworking and promising academic team who altogether communicates the essential knowledge and creates awareness on all levels to ensure build up of an efficient needed work force in the said disciplines. The leading edge areas of research in the department include the wide-scoped environmental and energy engineering and management, process systems analysis, waste management, renewable energy technologies, biomass and biofuels, bioremediation, cleaner production, life cycle analysis, sustainable development, climate change and green chemistry. The academic team has a good track record of publications in the mentioned research areas while we also run international research networks and have published globallycommented books on specific themes. From this perspective, we are very proud of our track record of excellence in both teaching and research which leave us well positioned and committed to disseminate the best knowledge to our scholars. I hope that you find the information pertaining to our department useful. And on behalf of the department, I wish you the best to successfully continue to pave your career path during your stay at the University. Dr Vikram Seebaluck Senior Lecturer & Head of Department

Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering Website:





Chemical Engineering is a broad based discipline which requires a knowledge of mathematics, science, chemistry to solve problems in industries. With their skills and experience, graduates can work in the fields of chemical, environmental and energy engineering and as scientific/technical officers in a wide range of industries. They can also offer consultancy services in related engineering projects. The core of the programme is focused on Chemical engineering principles and the current programme leaves students with the choice to specialize in two areas at the end of their fourth year of studies, they can specialize in either Environmental or Renewable Energy engineering. Students can pursue further studies in fields related to Chemical engineering such as Biochemical engineering, environmental or energy engineering. They can also conduct MPhil/PhD research in a field of their choice associated to the undergraduate degree. At the end of the undergraduate degree, a multitude of job opportunities exist. Chemical engineers can aspire to work in scientific, research and development services. And actually offering the following course:




BEng (Hons) Chemical and Environmental Engineering BEng (Hons) Chemical and Renewable Energy Engineering



Dear Friends, A warm welcome to you all and congratulation to be part of the University of Mauritius, the Faculty of Engineering as well as the Chemical & Environmental Engineering department. It is an honour to share a few words with you which hopefully may guide you through a remarkable journey, at uom. Since now on, you would be no longer a teenager, you are an adult, so forget about your secondary lifestyle, you would now going to embrace a new one, a bit more complex, one whereby you will have to manage your life with great responsibilities coupled with hard work and social activities. The tertiary level is neither a difficult milestone in your life, nor an easy one. With the proper management of your time and efforts, I firmly believe that you can lead yourself to the set goals and targets in your life. Your life at University of Mauritius is going to be in fact one of the most memorable one. I would highly recommend you to be active through the Societies, Student Union as well as Classmates. This will help you very much throughout your stay at the university by the sharing of knowledge and valuable information about the course programme as well as the university activities. In case of problems incurred, do not hesitate to be assisted by senior students, you will find numerous ones who are always ready for help.


On a concluding note, I wish you the very best for your studies as well as a significant journey of your life and really expect that you become a capable, responsible and respectful citizen with good moral values and right intelligence ,thus inspiring innovation and progress nationally as well as internationally. Faithfully Yours, Preetsingh Daumoo Chemical Engineering Society (President)



Quote “Engineering is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer’s high privilege.� - Herbert Hoover

Head of Department


Welcome to the Civil Engineering Department. You are about to start a post secondary study in a new environment with a new approach. We will provide you with the required support, facilities and encouragements and we look forward to working together. Recognising the responsibility that awaits our graduates, the Civil Engineering Department has provided for a well-rounded quality and challenging education. Our programmes consist of core modules which give students a thorough understanding of the subject of study, and electives which channel students towards different fields of specialization. In addition, the programmes include individual/group assessments, presentations, design projects and a main thesis, which help students develop a confident and professional attitude. We also encourage team work, responsible behaviours and self-learning, as these are key lifelong qualities. Regular attendance to lectures, participation in class, a positive attitude towards your studies, respecting deadlines and above all a good sense of responsibility are some additional skills that you will need.


The Civil Engineering Department has acquired a good reputation on the job market and has produced many well respected professionals. Our graduates have contributed significantly in shaping our world; from the buildings that shelter us, the structure that support the high rise buildings, the roads that take us around, the utilities that provides us with potable water, the reticulation system that ensure safe disposal of effluent, to the development and planning of land resources. Many of our graduates hold responsible positions and are involved in decision making at national level. You can be one of them, and this is our wish for you. All it takes is hard work, dedication and self-discipline. While we are here to guide you, remember always, you are the one to work your way towards sucess. We hope your stay with us will be pleasant and memorable. NOWBUTH Manta Devi Head, Civil Engineering Department


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Dear friends,


First of all, I would like to welcome the newcomers to the UOM and Civil family. It is a great pleasure to be able to share few words in this magazine. Indeed, you are the few lucky ones to have been able to secure a seat in one of the best course at the university and I would like to share a few tips with you that would be helpful throughout your studies. To start with, HARDWORK and RESPONSIBILITY should be your motto throughout your stay. Here you will have to work from scratch. From my past experience, I can tell you that only hard work and dedication will bring new success in your studies. Moreover, University life is a new journey where you will meet lots of friends; spend wonderful time and where you will pave your career path. Therefore, it is important to have a good balance between your studies and other activities. There are going to be no one to force you to attend lectures or not to. You will be on you own and your attitude toward this newly obtained freedom will certainly shape your career path and it will also develop yourself as a person. Finally, as I used to say each year to freshers, working in team is going to make your studies a hell lot easier. Share your knowledge, work in groups. This will really help you in your studies. If you still have problems, do not hesitate to ask for help from senior students. We are after all one big family! I wish you all the best in your studies. May your stay at the university be enjoyable. Yours, Doomun Mohammad Zubeir Civil Engineering (Final Year)

Overview Civil engineering is a broad engineering discipline which includes major specialised areas of practice such as: structural engineering, water and waste water engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, and construction management engineering. Civil engineering affects many of our daily activities: the building we live and work in, the transportation facilities we use, the water we drink, the drainage and sewage systems that are necessary to our health, our well being and the environment. The Department of Civil Engineering has been offering courses at Diploma and Degree levels over the last twenty years. Postgraduate research is also carried out, mainly thorugh MPhil and Ph.D projects. Since the last four years the Department has embarked on taught Masters courses. The Department maintains an active link with industries, through industrial training for level 3 students, consultancy services, and collaboration of practising engineers in the servicing of courses on a part-time basis.









The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department comprises 36 academic staff supported by 9 technical staff. Although, it is one of the youngest departments of the Faculty of Engineering, it is highly committed towards quality teaching, research in advanced areas of computer science and consultancy work. The department is keen in having good working relations with industry in terms of collaboration in Research and Development (R&D). People from the different fields of Information Technology are invited to be part of the Advisory Committee for our different curricula where they give their views on the relevance of our courses to industry’s needs. The department is equipped with a number of labs, where students have facilities, in terms of hardware, software, network infrastructure and internet access, to carry out their practical work and assignments.


The department is presently catering for more than 700 students making it one of the largest departments of University and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study as follows;



BSc (Hons) Computer Science BSc (Hons) Computer Applications BSc (Hons) Information Systems

MSc Enterprise Systems Development and Management MSc Internet Technology and Web Development MSc Software Engineering Projects and Management MSc Computer Science


Hello Newcomers, welcome you all to the temple of knowledge, UOM. This is another great step in your life friends to come in this new academic world discovering the tertiary education. As a student of the CSE department and Faculty Of Engineering, I have learned and discovered so many things which are really cutting edge. I am sure that you too will make that same experience. Our department is one of the most demanding in the whole University, so friends remember you are among the best if you are doing a course here. One advice is whatever the course you are doing, give the best of yourself and prove to yourself that you can do it. Programming stuffs will be your daily topics, don’t get scared, it is fun though. I wish you all the best for your studies and make the University proud of you. Hope that another Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Job are among us.


Have great time during studies here. Nitish Jhummun Information System (Final Year) Computer Club (President)




E L E C T R I C A L & E L E C T R O N I C D E P T

Head of Department Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Mauritius. The department currently offers the following degree programs:

B. Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering B. Eng. (Hons) Electronic and Communication Engineering B. Eng. (Hons) Mechatronics (jointly with Mechanical Engineering Dept.) BSc (Hons) Electronics and Computer Science BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Technologies MSc in Information, Communication and Wireless Technologies MSc Electrical Engineering (Specialisation: Communication Engineering/Control Systems / Power Systems)

The department provides education characterized by quality and relevance. Students enrolled in our programs take balance set of modules to obtain a solid foundation in engineering and general education. Students undergo industrial and vacation trainings to acquire and sharpen their technical and communication skills. As well as the professional approach of the Department, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive and friendly environment for our students. In taught programmes, students at all levels have the support of a named programme coordinator who is always available to discuss any difficulties with regards to their studies. Our degrees develop the knowledge and professional skills of our students, for careers that lead the future development of electronics, communications and computing technologies. The department has 17 academic and 6 technical staffs with four laboratories namely Microprocessor lab, Machines Lab, Electronics Lab and Communications Lab. There are two staffs at Professor rank who are contributing extensively to the development of Mauritius. Professor HCS Rughooputh attended and participated in the annual conference in Lightning protection in Nepal’ 2011. He has supervised students to successful PhD completion. He is presently appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. Professor KMS Soyjaudah is a pioneer in the field of communication engineering and related areas. He is presently supervising many MPhil/PhD students and has successfully supervised many PhD students until completion. He is the director of the board of Multi-Carrier Mauritius ltd. The department was recently represented by Dr P Fowdur in the workshop organized by the Ministry of ICT on National Broadband policy. Also, Dr B Rajkumarsingh attended a 5-day training session on solar energy technologies organized by the Ministry of Energy and public utilities. The department is also represented by Professor Soyjaudah, Dr I Jahmeerbaccus and Mr Y K Ramgolam in the setting of electrical engineering standards for the Mauritius Standards Bureau. Furthermore, the department is involved in the design of photovoltaic systems at the University of Mauritius and Dr R. AhKing is presently working in this project. Our mission is to take you with raw talents and transform you into well qualified technologists and engineers by fostering innovation, leadership and professional ethics through high standards of education and training. HOSANY Mussawir Ahmad Head of Department

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Website:


Overview Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a rapidly developing field of study incorporating many different subject areas, such as Digital Signal Processing, Mobile Communications, Computer Networks, Optical Fibre Communications, Power Systems, Power Electronics, Instrumentation, Microprocessors and Control Systems, just to name a few. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been offering degree courses for more than twenty years and the course contents have been under constant revision to adapt to changing technology and meet market requirements. Moreover, the department has been regularly introducing new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and presently offers the following taught courses: B. Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering B. Eng. (Hons) Electronic and Communication Engineering B. Eng. (Hons) Mechatronics (jointly with Mechanical Engineering Dept.) BSc (Hons) Electronics and Computer Science BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Technologies MSc in Information and Communication Technologies MSc Electrical Engineering (Specialisation: Communication Engineering/Control Systems)

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E L E C T R I C A L & E L E C T R O N I C

Dear future engineers, First of all, warm welcome to the Electrical/Electronic/communication family and congratulate you all to have secured a seat in this particular field of engineering. In this same spirit I hope that you will make the most out of it and let the hard work prevail. I have been part of the UoM family for 2 years now and starting from the very first day till now, each day has been a memorable one. And so I’ll advise you the same during your stay here. Like all engineering courses at the university, our courses are tough, challenging and bulky. You will be learning many new concepts and introduced to new subjects and fields. The difficulty of our courses will also depend on the amount of hard work that you put in your studies and whether you like doing the course or not. Well if you have got good results at A-level, that’s very good but don’t take your degree for granted! You will have to be regular and consistent throughout the academic year. There’s a huge gap between college life and university life – forget “spoon feeding” type of learning! Here you’ll be self-dependent and you’ll have to do loads of research work to supplement your lecture notes. Group work will be of great help mainly while doing your tutorials, as most of the lecturers don’t usually give the solutions. As the saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”; one thing that keeps puzzling me is that many students just come for lectures and then rush back home. UoM will be, for many of you, the last stage of your teenage life. So don’t hesitate, make maximum of friends, make extensive use of the gymnasium, games room, join societies and get ready to experience another breathtaking journey. Hope that this piece of note will be of some help to you, and if ever you need more advice, you are most welcome. Best of luck for your studies. VIVA FOE, VIVA UoM!!!! Usham Teeluck Electrical & Electronics Engineering Engineering Society (Event Manager)




Head of Department


Dear Student It gives me great pleasure to welcome you within our midst at the Faculty of Engineering. You will realise within a few days on campus that you have embarked on a passionate journey. We hope you live up to this passion all the way through during your stay at the University and even after, when you have been graduated as an engineer. For those embarking on Mechanical, Manufacturing, Mechatronics Engineering, and to our students on Production and Operations Management, I wish you a special welcome to the department. Now that the doors of the Faculty are open for you, I suggest you find answers to some simple questions: What is engineering? What is mechanical/manufacturing and mechatronics engineering? Why did you go for it? What would an engineer be involved in? Are you passionate about engineering? The answers to these simple questions are vital for you to appreciate your own choice. If you know and are convinced of where you want to be, you will surely pave the way successfully. Else the road can be a difficult and challenging one. In whichever case, the staffs of the department, academic technical and administrative are here to guide you through. We are in fact one of the largest departments within the faculty. We currently have over 500 registered students, many of whom you will be meeting during the orientation session. We suggest you talk to them and learn from their experience to avoid the mistakes they probably made.

& P R O D U C T I O N

Engineering is mostly about design using mathematical and scientific knowledge. While our responsibility is to guide you through the process, your challenge will be to demonstrate mastery of the subject: and for that, attending lectures and solving problems is a pre-requirement but certainly not enough. Success will depend on your ability to think, to innovate, to assume responsibilities, to perform in a team, to be independent, to communicate and to act as a coach. It is these qualities that will turn you into an engineer. The three to four years that you will be spending at the University will probably be the best part of your life. Make it memorable. Most importantly, if you have any concerns, talk to us. We look forward to meeting you soon and make the most of your stay. Dr Dinesh Kumar Hurreeram Associate Professor and Head Mechanical and Production Engineering Department


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M E C H A N I C A L & P R O D U C T I O N

Overview Set up together with the establishment of the School of Industrial Technology in 1968, the Mechanical and Production Engineering (MPE) Department has played a vital role in producing diploma holders and undergraduates to support the industrial revolution of Mauritius. Starting with the Diploma in Mechanical and Electrical (DME) Engineering in the early 1970s, the Department now offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to meet the requirements including the IT touch. The undergraduate programmes currently on offer include BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering and BEng (Hons) Mechatronics BSc (Hons) Production and Operations Management. Postgraduate programmes are; MSc in Quality Management, MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management MSc Total Quality Management & Performance Excellence The MPE Department presently occupies the largest space in the Faculty of Engineering with eight specialised laboratories namely, the Thermodynamics, Fluid Power and Drives, Structural Mechanics and Dynamics, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/ CAM), Mechanical Workshop, Metrology, and Metallurgy labs. A number of facilities in the labs are currently being used for conducting consultancy projects aimed at solving problems faced by industry.




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Unlike many manufactured products, textiles have a history as old as man. Yet the textile industry is today in the midst of change following the introduction of novel fibres, new processes for converting them into textile products, and new commercial structures and methods of management. The Department of Textile Technology is linked to an industry which is involved in taking fibres and turning them into fabrics we wear and other soft furnishings in our homes. The Mauritian Textile Industry is rapidly growing into a capitalintensive, scientifically geared industry. Its success will largely depend on the support and effort input from its scientific, technical, industrial, commercial and design community. The Department of Textile Technology is preparing the workforce to face the future and actually offering the following courses at the university;


BSc (Hons) Textile and Fashion Design BSc(Hons) Fashion Technology BSc (Hons) Design and Colour Applications BSc (Hons) Sustainable Product Design Hello colleagues,

A very warm welcome to the new students of the university, as well those joined in the Textile undergraduate program. Sharing my knowledge in this magazine is indeed a must for me since it talks about knowledge innovation. It is really a great pleasure to be able to express a few words, you are very fortunate to involve yourself in this Textile course which is one of the best among courses in the academic calendar programmed of the university. I would like to go throught a few guidelines which will be very helpful throughout your studies. First of all, you’ll have to love your course whatever happens. In reality, you need to have a saying in life, MOTIVATED, HARDWORK and RESPONSIBILITY; this should BE within you as long as you stay. During your tertiary career, you need to start from zero and go on smoothly so that you do get successful in your education. My experience shows that only hard work and dedication contribute to fulfillment of goals. Henceforth, you will embark in a new era, the University life, better to set scales among the various activities you’ll be going through. During this new journey you will meet lots of friends and spend wonderful time among them, but also focus and concentrate on studies as well. Attendance is a necessity despite there is no one to force you to do so. In addition you will receive freedom and thus certainly shape your career path as well as develop your independence and maturity.


My advice to all new students is to work in group as teams, where sharing of knowledge contribute to success and achievement of goals, always be prepared to face any new challenge and if do have any problems, do not hesitate to ask for guidance from others. We are after all one big family! I wish you all lots of success in your studies. Hope that this sole experience of tertiary education at the University of Mauritius be memorable! Truly Yours, Sheetal Khadun Textile and Fashion design



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We have heard a lot about going green, posters, advertisements, little programs on television following sensitization campaigns and so on. But the most important question is ‘what have we done so far?’ below, we will give a few tips, the few important ways any individual can go green.


A simple action like turning off the lights in a room where no one is, using the washing machine on full load and using a bucket of water to clean your car instead of the hose, could save much more than you would realise. We encourage you to turn towards the energy saving devices, such as the economic light bulbs which save you from high electricity bills.


As students and futur engineers, we would be using a lot of paper for printing purposes - projects, assignments and other notes, we should however remember that these papers were made from trees which took years to grow and contributes to the natural balance. We can, however, help mother nature by encouraging to plant more trees and to use both side of the papers whenever we are printing our documents.


Riding your way home or using the public transport would not cause you any harm, on the contrary, using public transport saves you from fueling your car since most of students have NTA bus passes nowadays - you would not even pay for travelling. Enjoying your journey is much fun when you are among friends, not when you are alone in a car. Those living far from uom and use their car for the journey, do not travel alone and drive safely.


We do not have reservoirs at every inch in Mauritius, and thus we collect only at specific areas, which limits our capacity for fresh water storage. We, therefore, encourage everyone to collect rainwater as much as they can - not for drinking purposes since it would not be filtered but for other sanitary purposes and for cleaning - which consequently reduces our consumption of supplied water and thus the bill. Any appropriate vessel would suffice to collect.

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Emtel First Again…


29th May 2012, on its 23rd Anniversary, Emtel laid another major milestone in telecommunications that will change the life of each and every Mauritian. In the presence of the ICT Minister, Emtel officially made the first 4G/LTE data session. 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network, is the new Mobile generation after 3G, also introduced by Emtel in 2004. Emtel prides itself to be among the very few in the world to provide Data speeds of up to 150Mbps. Emtel 4G shall be fully commercial as from July 2012, when customers having a 4G device and USIM will experience seamless HD Movie streaming or 10 times faster downloads.

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Usham Teeluck “I’ am very proud to be part of the editorial team for our very 1st magazine. To be honest, when we first volunteered, we had no idea what was in store for us. At the beginning, the editorial team was just a group of amateurs who did not know the first thing about editing. But after several meetings, discussions and even a few disagreements, we somehow evolved into a well cimented group. I would like to bestow my greatest thanks to the whole editorial team, who have devoted much of their precious time for the realization of this masterpiece.” Meera Hauradhun “Dear newcomers welcome to FOE. Holding this souvenir magazine today gives me immense joy and satisfaction for it represents the realization of a long cherished dream of our dear friend Rishikesh Poorun. I can only describe this magazine as a real adventure! Throughout our journey towards giving birth to our magazine, we had all sorts of encounters. Feelings of solidarity, friendship, cooperation and sense of responsibility are some of the things we learned and developed. After months of both fun and stress, our collective work has finally yielded its fruits. I hope you all enjoy reading the magazine as much as we enjoyed making it! Good luck and enjoy the magazine!!” Archer Bappayya “It has been a great experience and a lot of fun. I got to learn of lot things and met a lot new people. It was a pleasure to work together on this task and I really like the result. Thanks to our fac rep and Rishikesh for making this possible, Great job!” Delvin Pajani Ramassami “Yes! Yes! We did it!!! - Our first engineering magazine has finally seen the light of day. Now it is your time and duty to help it grow and change it for the better. The purpose of designing this magazine is to provide an overview of what has been done during the past academic year, and alsoto help familiarise yourself with recent developments and updates in our field.” Keshav Nundloll “Working on this mag had not been an easy task, specially finding the sponsors... Nevertheless, we stayed together as a team and always supported each other..... My friends newcomers, welcome to FOE and the great family of UoM”

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It was indeed a great pleasure and honour for me to have worked with such an active team to make our very first Engineering Society Magazine a real success. Of course, making the magazine was not at a mouse click and the work’s done. We had hard times struggling to collect information, assembling the contents, photos and setting up the relevent design for the magazine. Though we had to start from scratch, working together on this project, it had its fun part too and it brought along very good enriching experience to the team. This magazine reflects the activities and the passion of the Engineering Society during the previous academic years, however we are not stopping here. Be ready for some more promising, more constructive and innovative activities in a near future. I would like to thank all the members of the magazine team, the Students’ Union, the administrative and academic staff, our main sponsors and as well as all those who have helped in delivering this magazine into your hands. Enjoy the magazine, and best of luck for the academic year ahead.

Rishikesh Poorun Vice President UoM Students Engineering Society UoM Students’ Union 2011/12 Thanks to all members and contributors of the magazine; Harvind, Ravi, Zubeir, Manveer, Hafeez, Navish, Samantha, Lovna, Nitisha, Sunny, Ashwin, Adarsh, Ken, Jesher, Keshav, Hans, Nitish

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