Inspiring engineering students to take up research

Director, GVP-SIRC, Rao Tatavarti along with his associates and interns, at the lab Visakhapatnam. - Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

Encouraging engineering students to look at research and innovation as an integral component of technological solutions for problems faced by society and industry is the Scientific and Industrial Research Centre of Gayatri Vidya Parishad Engineering College.

The idea is to create an atmosphere conducive to encouraging innovation among students and providing them an opportunity to get a hands-on experience on cutting-edge technologies, says director (Engineering Research & Consultancy) GVP-SIRC Rao Tatavarti.


“The students have developed an opto-electronic system for monitoring vibrations and a patent has been applied for it, both in India as well as a number of other countries,” he said.

“While the idea is not new, the innovation is the cost-effective solution developed by students who have been working as associates and interns in the centre,” Prof. Tatavarti explained.

The centre had provided an opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies, an associate, J Anil Kumar, said. The motivating factor was the opportunity to do research on cutting-edge technologies, OV Sanjay Sarma said. Both had quit jobs to join the centre.

Among other projects is a wind tunnel that has been built using locally available material. The interesting part is the creation of a honeycomb for planar flow using ordinary plastic drinking straws. For monitoring, they have deployed an opto-electronic system comprising a UV laser for high accuracy.

Another intern Aparna Tatavarti is working on development of algorithms to filter human voice from a high-noise scenario to be utilised for analysis of an opto-electronic vibration monitoring system. This would enable deployment of the VMS in search and rescue operations in storm scenarios.

The students of the college, after finishing regular classes, throng the lab to be involved in the ongoing research work being carried out by interns and associates who come from a number of other institutions.

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