Career prospects brightened for laboratory technicians of engineering colleges on Wednesday during a three-day training programme that concluded at National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) on Wednesday.

Participants, numbering about 80, realised how they were as much important as teaching faculty for students and how they could contribute to the decision-making process for purchasing new equipment in institutions.

The workshop on “laboratory training for technician in educational institutions” was conducted by the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering under Phase II of TEQIP (Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme).

Sessions handled by experts from top-notch technical institutions, research organisations and industries oriented the participants to periodic calibration of equipment, their role in helping students to fabricate hardware for projects, the methodology of preparing laboratory manual, computation of data related to equipment and instruments used in the laboratory, and avenues for pursuing higher studies to move to teaching cadre.

A majority of the participants were diploma holders and a handful had B.Tech/ B.E. qualification.

Most of them employed in private engineering colleges were in their twenties, the programme coordinator K. Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, said, and added that such a programme was conducted at NIT-T for the first time under community service initiative of TEQIP.

The participants gained insights into organising laboratory experiments in a manner that would facilitate students to understand and crosscheck theoretical concepts.

As practical knowledge was vital in engineering education, they were told that their role was as much important as faculty members in imparting practical knowledge, and were advised to be enthusiastic to learn about new equipment and instruments.

The NIT-T has created modern facilities in the department under projects funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, United Kingdom India Education and Research Initiative, the Indian Space Research Organisation, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, and other funding agencies.

  • 3-day training programme concludes at National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi on Wednesday

  • Majority of the participants were diploma holders and a handful had B.Tech/ B.E. qualification