The single most important aspect of learning from the recent project of deploying instruments to study dynamics of near-shore sea has been teamwork and planning, student-members of the inter-institutional team have said.
The entire exercise, right from charting the problems and identifying the parameters, whose study could reveal the factors responsible for beach erosion, has fired up the imagination of the young members of the team.
They were part of the team led by professor of GVP College of Engineering Rao Tatavarti, along with professor of Earth Sciences in University of Hyderabad A.C. Narayana and professor of Indian Maritime University R.K. Patnaik, that deployed sensors some 150 metres off the Kursura Submarine Museum to study the near-shore sea dynamics to find a lasting solution to beach erosion.
“We had seen a platform that was deployed by our seniors in Tuticorin to study the near-shore sea dynamics and did not in the wildest of our dreams imagine that we would actually be working on it, said Ch. Pardhasaradhi, student of electronics in GVP Engineering College.
The hands-on experience of taking up a field study was rewarding in itself, said Sanjukta, a student of electronics in VIT. It was an experience in teamwork, Chahat from VIT added.
The participation in the project helped them understand how to plan a project, S. Gayatri of GVPCE said.
The rigging was for a different set of boats and they had to modify it at the last minute as those boats were not available. It was a lesson on how to take a decision on the fly, she added. Other members of the team — J. Ravindra, Ch. Naveen, Bhargavi B, Raghavendra U, Revathi P, B. Sravani, V.L. Jyotsna, K. Chakri, K. Umamaheswar, P. Murari, and D. Siva — narrated their experiences.