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T.S. Atul Swaminathan
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New training programmes at Loyola Engineering College aim to enhance students’ professional skills.

T.S. Atul Swaminathan

With a majority of fresh engineering graduates lacking professional skills , Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering Technology (LICET), Nungambakkam, has introduced a couple of training programmes for them industry-ready.

The programmes, ‘Training by System Discovery’ and ‘Training by System Analysis,’ is expected to help students prepare for their future projects.

Under the ‘Training by System Discovery’ programme, students work on commonly-used engineering systems such as an electric fan, a water pump, a starter motor, and a refrigerator.

“The first-year students have hands-on experience by dismantling the systems, understanding the function of each internal sub-components and studying the circuits. Later, they assemble the system and ensure it works properly,” Dr. Jose Swaminathan, Principal, LICET, said. An orientation programme, ‘Bridge Course,’ is also conducted for these students. It is a short-course lasting 30 days.

The module comprises of English, Applied Mathematics, Engineering Graphics and Fundamentals of Computing.

Students are taught the skills they need for their course of study.

The course is also conducted for the second-year students at Loyola and Anna University and its affiliated colleges, Mr. Swaminathan added.

At the end of the course, an introduction game-cum-talent show is conducted, where students are divided into three groups, each named after a manufacturing company.

The students are asked to design a product according to specifications given by a faculty member.

The best product is awarded. This helps students know their counterparts, interact with their faculty members, encourages team spirit, and kindle creativity.

Training by System Analysis programme is conducted for second-year students. Here they learn to dismantle the systems, understand the functions, importance and design requirement of each sub-components. Students prepare a two-dimensional engineering drawing of each sub-component and write about their role in the main system.

This helps the students to learn the usage of various tools and manufacturing process involved in the fabrication of the systems, Dr. Swaminathan noted.

The college is planning to establish an International Standard Experiential Learning Lab with innovatively designed training gadgets for engineering education.

Each gadget will educate the students about the engineering concepts, design details of system and sub-systems, selection of equipment, methods of fabrication and working principles.

The lab will be established at a cost of Rs. 54.4 lakhs.

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