It will set up centres for energy and management studies The 60-year-old institute has pledged to take technology to the people
The institute has agreements with HP, NAL, TCS, IBM and Bosch-Rexroth It provides consultancy services to small units and training to industry personnel Technologies simplified by an NIE centre are being used in rural areas
MYSORE: The National Institute of Engineering (NIE) here, which was established 60 years ago, has tied up with major industries to enhance the quality of technical education.
Apart from pacts with Infosys and Wipro, the institute has entered into an agreement to train new recruits of HP and signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with major companies to strengthen linkages with industry.
In a presentation to presspersons on Saturday, the management and staff of the institute highlighted its contributions and stressed its commitment to serve society and take technology to the people.
The institute, which is recognised as one of the oldest private engineering colleges in the country, was established in 1946 thanks to the vision of S. Ramaswamy, D.V. Narasimha Rao and T. Rama Rao. It has set up centres of excellence, all of which have been recognised as dedicated research centres that provide technical expertise to industry.
NIE Principal G. Raghavendra Rao and President M.A. Sampath Iyengar said the institute recently acquired an additional 28 acres of land to establish centres for continuing education, energy studies, management studies and research and consultancy.
Dr. Raghavendra Rao said the institute has entered into MOUs with NAL, TCS, IBM and Bosch-Rexroth and is assisting the Government in monitoring the Mahiti Sindhu programme in Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts. In view of its commitment to quality, the World Bank has asked the NIE to help it implement the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme, he added.
The management pointed out that the establishment of the Centre for Appropriate Rural Technologies (CART) in the early 1990s was a reiteration of the NIE's commitment to making rural development ecologically and socially sustainable.
CART Director U.N. Ravikumar said technologies simplified or conceived by the centre have received support in rural areas. The innovative "CART pump", which requires little energy and can be locally devised by farmers, has been fabricated in the Narmada Valley and interior regions of Orissa, he added.
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the Mysore Zilla Panchayat have sought the cooperation of CART on environmental issues. An eco-friendly sanitation system devised by CART has been approved by UNICEF. "UNICEF has given its approval to install eco-friendly toilets. A feature of the system is that there is no groundwater contamination. It will be useful in areas perennially short of water as the system is not water-intensive," Mr. Ravi Kumar said.
Mr. Sampat Iyengar said the NIE is preparing to provide technical consultancy services to small-scale industries and training to industry personnel, and take up research and development projects with industries.