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Facility: Sheila Sarver, Vice-President, General Motors; Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math and SJCE principal B.G. Sangameshwar at the inauguration of the SJCE-PACE PLM Centre in Mysore on Tuesday.
Facility: Sheila Sarver, Vice-President, General Motors; Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math and SJCE principal B.G. Sangameshwar at the inauguration of the SJCE-PACE PLM Centre in Mysore on Tuesday.

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Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education constituted

MYSORE: General Motors (GM) India and Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), here, have joined hands to constitute Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) to promote development of automotive engineering and foster industry talent.

The endeavour is a joint venture with Autodesk, Hewlett and Packard (HP); EDS, an HP company; Siemens and Sun Microsystems, and the new centre is expected to strengthen collaborative efforts between academic institutions and the automobile industry.

Projects

Projects proposed under the agreement include bio-diesel, compressed air reciprocating engine, reciprocating electromagnetic compressed air engine and electromagnetic compressed air rotary engine.

Sheila Sarver, Vice-President, GM, said on Tuesday that it was a long-term collaborative plan stretching over many years and SJCE was the third institution in the country to be roped in for PACE.

B.G. Sangameshwar, Principal of SJCE, said, “We work closely with renowned corporate houses to equip students with advanced skills, hands-on experience with leadingopen-source technologies and confidence to create new technologies.”

The PACE partners will provide SJCE with over 75 sets of CAD/CAM software as well as CAE software from Altair Engineering, among others. The SJCE has also received nine workstations and one large-format printer from HP.

The SJCE, which was selected as one of the lead institutions for support by the World Bank under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) of the Government of India, is among the 49 PACE-supported institutions in 10 countries around the world.

A company press release quoting Balendran, Vice-President at GM India, said, “We are proud to be associated with SJCE, Mysore, to meet the objective of providing students with the most current and technologically relevant education thus equipping them with the skills demanded by the industry. This initiative is an extension of GM’s commitment to India’s automotive industry and the development of the next generation of industry professionals.”

The SJCE-PACE Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Centre was inaugurated on the occasion. Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math was present.

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