Genesis

INDIAN SOCIETY FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION (ISTE)

The major objectives of the ISTE are:

  1. To formulate the general goals & responsibilities of technical education.
  2. To adjust curriculum & educational processes to changing conditions.
  3. To develop effective teachers & educational administrators.
  4. To improve instructional methods & practices & administrative usages.
  5. To enhance professional ideals & standards.
  6. To foster research as a function complementary to teaching.
  7. To cultivate fraternal spirit amongst the teachers, administrators, industrialists & professionals.
  8. To bring about effective linkage between technical institutions industry & society.
  9. To award honorary fellowships, Awards and Prizes, for furthering the objectives of Technical Education.

ISTE: Technical Talk on Nanofluids by Prof. Shuichi Torii

A Technical Talk and Interaction was organized by the Indian Society for Technical Education (I.S.T.E) SJEC Students’ Chapter on 31th August 2016 for the students of Mechanical Engineering Department. The topic presented was Nanofluids by Prof. Shuichi Torii, Assistant Director and Professor in the Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Kumamoto University (College of Cross-Cultural and Multidisciplinary Studies) - Japan from 10:15 am to 12:00 noon in Spoorthi Conference Hall, 7th Floor of Academic Block - III.

The programme began at 10:15 a.m. with the prayer song sung by choir team led by Mr Joshwin Sequeira. Mr Vicky Vaz, ISTE Student Coordinator gave a brief introduction to ISTE SJEC Students' Chapter to the audience. Ms Gautami Shetty, ISTE Student Coordinator, welcomed the gathering. Mr Noel Shiri, ISTE SJEC Chapter Chairman, introduced the Chief Guest, Prof. Shuichi Torii and gave a detailed description of the research work and achievements of Prof. Torii to the gathering.  

Rev. Fr Rohith D'Costa, In-charge Director – SJEC, Dr Ajay Kumar Yadav, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK, and Dr Sudheer M, Head of Mechanical Engineering, were the Guests of Honour; Dr Rio D' Souza, Vice Principal – SJEC, presided over the function.

Dr Rio D’souza, Vice Principal of SJEC delivered the presidential talk to the gathering. He told about the importance of such technical talks, and gave brief introduction to Nanotechnology and the challenge set by Richard Feynman which led to the development of Nanotechnology. He gave an example of storing giga-bytes of data in a chip as small as a pin head, which can be possible only through Nanotechnology. He talked about recycling and how it could be possible through Nanotechnology. He appreciated the efforts of ISTE in organizing such a good technical talk. He also thanked Dr Ajay Kumar Yadav in helping SJEC to bring Prof. Shuichi Torii for technical talk. He thanked Prof. Shuichi Torii for agreeing to give this Technical talk. He then called upon all the gathering to benefit from this technical talk. Later a Memento and a gift were given to Prof. Shuichi Torii by Director-in-charge Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa as a token of love and appreciation.

Technical talk on Turbulent Heat Transfer behaviour of Nano Fluid in a circular tube heated under constant heat flux was presented by Prof. Shuichi Torii. He started his talk by showing the location of Kumamoto, Japan in the world map and how far it is from India. He gave a brief history of Japan and specifically about Kumamoto University and the legends born from this university. He also told about the recent earthquake which struck Japan and how international news channels like CNN, BBC gave wrong information about the whole of Kumamoto city being destroyed in earthquake, but in reality only a small town outside of Kumamoto was affected by the earthquake.

Later in the talk Prof. Shuichi Torii described what exactly a Nano-Fluid is. He stated that it’s a fluid with particles less than 100nm in diameter suspended in a conventional fluid like water, engine oil or any other fluid etc. Then he continued by showing a brief history of all the research works done on Nanofluids. He stated that the research on Nano-Fluids is particularly recent i.e. around after 1980s. All the research being done is on Convective Heat Transfer on laminar flow of Nanofluids. They see the thermal conductivity of the Nano-Fluids against the concentration of Nanofluids. Generally, the Nano-fluids include agglomeration of Alumina or Graphene or Carbon Nanotubes in traditional fluids. He even told about Nano Fluid technology and its Current Status and Future Research scope. Prof. Shuichi Torii stressed that in Industries, turbulent flow is of higher importance than laminar flow. Therefore his research is about Thermal Conductivity of Nano-Fluids in turbulent flow. He shows the compounding of Nano Particles of Cu and Al2O3 with water. He showed the thermal conductivity and normalised conductivity against the concentration of the Nanoparticles. His research is being done in the Shockwave and condensed matter research centre of Kumamoto University. Here he uses dynamite to make Nano-particles of diamond using detonation and shock application. It’s a low cost and easy process of producing Nano-Diamonds. His research of nano-fluid is water + Nano-Diamonds. He also showed the Zeta potential of Nano- Diamonds in fluid.

His future vision is in cooling systems by the usage of Nanofluids as coolants where higher performance and lower size can be achieved. He ends the talk on a positive note on the Main Research topics on the Enhancement of nano-fluids, Heat transfer performance, Aggregate Nano-Particles and how to separate them. The talk was followed by interaction with mechanical engineering students.

Dr. Ajay Kumar Yadav suggested all the students to read some books and watch the video lectures on Nano-Fluids. He also gave the information on the international symposium which is held in Japan every year around the month of March and requested the students and staff members to apply. After the technical talk a Memento was presented to Dr. Ajay Kumar Yadav by Dr. Sudheer M, Head of Mechanical Engineering, SJEC. Vote of thanks given by Mr. Loy Fernandes, President of ISTE-SJEC Students’ chapter.

ISTE: Seminar on Product Design in India

A Seminar and Interaction was organized by the Indian Society for Technical Education (I.S.T.E) SJEC Student’s Chapter on the 28th of March, 2016 for the students of all branches.

The topic presented was Product Design in India by a German national, Mr Wolfram Thurm, who is a Product Designer, from Bauhaus University in Weimar, Dresden, Germany.

The programme began at 2:15 p.m. with the dignitaries being welcomed into the Bethania Hall by the M.C. Mr Vicky Vaz and ISTE Student Coordinator. The prayer song was rendered by the College choir led by Mr John Rodrigues.

Mr Loy Fernandes, ISTE Student Coordinator presented a brief introduction to ISTE SJEC Students' Chapter to the audience. Mr Ankith K.R., ISTE Student Coordinator, presented the Report of Activities organized by ISTE since 2014. Mr Sandeep, ISTE Student Coordinator, welcomed the gathering. Mr Noel Shiri, ISTE Chapter Chairman, introduced the Chief Guest, Mr Wolfram Thurm, to the gathering.

Rev. Fr Rohith D'Costa, Assistant Director - SJEC was the Guest of Honour and Dr Rio D'souza, Vice Principal – SJEC, presided over the function.

Mr Wolfram Thurm kicked off the series of short and insightful speeches, followed by Rev. Fr Rohit D’Costa, Assistant Director. Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice-Principal of SJEC articulated his thoughts and views of the Seminar topic in his Presidential Address. Dr Rio, in his speech, shared a few insights into the art of Disruptive Creativity, wherein a person seeks creative answers by questioning the norms.

Assistant Director Rev. Fr Rohit D’Costa, presented the chief guest with a memento.

Certificates of honour for the teachers and students who had participated in I.S.T.E sponsored Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematical Competitions 2014-2015 (SRMC 2014-15), the nationwide mathematics exam held on 1st November 2014 for Engineering Students and Teachers, were distributed by the chief guest Mr Wolfram Thurm and Dr Rio D’Souza, to the teachers and students respectively. Mr Prashanth Kamath, ISTE Student Coordinator, concluded the formal function with a vote of thanks.

Mr Wolfram Thurm started the seminar by introducing himself in a manner that showed his humble nature whilst highlighting his achievements. He is a conglomerate of a Musician, Product Designer and Fashion Designer. As a Designer, Mr Thurm believes that a product has to be made based on logic and purpose whereas the aesthetics comes in secondary. He then went on to elucidate his current project work in India.

In his talk he presented his belief in the Right to Interaction among people concocted his project titled – TOGETHERNESS – Public Spaces for Transformation in which he specified a few key points, notably:

Always look at problems as potential for improvement.
His aim is to eradicate the nuisance of garbage.
His project had to be relevant to society.
Materials used are different forms of plastic (garbage included).
Incorporated the Universal Design Concept (Durability, Affordability and Modularity)

Plan for an existing site (public space).

He asked the gathering – Why Should People Work Together? His answers were eye-openers:

Spirit of Collaboration will be felt.

Design + Engineering = Exceptional Products

Meaningful ideas and innovations will lead to better economy and understanding.

With this, Mr Thurm ended his seminar on a retrospective note – To create something with his Own Hands rather than Just Talk about ideas. After this, he answered the myriad of questions posed by the intrigued audience. And on the request of students, Mr Thurm sang a hymn by playing a guitar.

Dr Vincent Crasta, HOD-Physics felicitated Mr Thurm, and with that, the activities of ISTE SJEC Student’s Chapter for the current semester had culminated.


Teachers' Day: Felicitation to Prof. Ganapathi Bhat by TORQUE and ISTE

The Student Association of Mechanical Engineering Department, TORQUE, along with ISTE Student’s Chapter, celebrated Teachers Day on 5 September 2014, at 2:30 pm, in the Seminar Hall, Civil Engineering Block. A video on the life of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was presented.

It was also an occasion to felicitate senior faculty member from the Mechanical Engineering Department, Professor Ganapathi Bhat, who retired in June 2014.

Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal, presided over the function and Rev Fr Ajith Menezes, Director in-charge, was the Guest of Honour. Dr Raju K, HOD, Mechanical Engineering, and Dr Thirumaleshwara Bhat, Dean Quality Assurance, were also present on the dais.

The program began with a prayer led by Mr Denzil Tom and students from VII Sem.

Dr Raju K, welcomed the gathering after which, Dr Thirumaleshwar Bhat, introduced the Chief Guest, Professor Ganapathi Bhat, to the gathering and shared his experience of working with him as a colleague. Mr Joel Concesso addressed the gathering on behalf of the Alumni and Mr Shishir Aithal spoke on behalf of the students, about their experience with Professor Ganapathi Bhat.

In his speech, the Chief Guest urged the teachers to be committed and dedicated toward their duty of imparting knowledge to the students. He called upon students to take Dr S Radhakrishnan as their role model and urged them to use modern technology to enhance their learning and experience of engineering. He also remembered Fr Valerian D’Souza, former Director, and Dr R K Yaji, former Principal, on this occasion.

Mr Shreeranga Bhat, Coordinator TORQUE, proposed the Vote of Thanks. Ms Ramya, Assistant Professor, was the emcee. The function was followed by games and other activities that were conducted by the students for teaching and non-teaching staff.

TECHNOVISION-2014: Academic Project Exhibition

An Engineering Academic Project Exhibition contest TECHNOVISION-2014 was held on 16th and 17th May 2014 in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at St Joseph Engineering College, Mangalore. The exhibition was jointly organized by the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering and SJEC Students Chapter of IEEE and ISTE. The main objective of the exhibition was to motivate the interests of students in the fields of Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering and to provide a valuable educational experience for students. Here, students got an opportunity to showcase their engineering talents and their outstanding efforts and achievements were recognized.

On 16th May, 2014 the contest was held for the final year students of Electronics and Communications Engineering of St Joseph Engineering College, Mangalore. A total of 33 teams participated in the contest and the contest was held in the Logic Design Laboratory, Analog Electronics laboratory, and Advance Communication Laboratory. Six Judges were invited to judge the projects; three from the Department of Electrical and Electronics and three from the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering. Two best projects were rewarded and selected for inter college project exhibition held on 17th May, 2014. Projects were Smart Street Light Monitoring Control System and I-Series Smart Kitchen. Another nine best projects were selected for College level project exhibition.

On 17th May, 2014 inter college project exhibition was held in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering. A total of 21 teams from neighboring Colleges registered for the event and among those the best 10 projects were selected for the event. The contest was held in Logic Design Laboratory and Analog Electronics Laboratory. Two judges were called for the event. The External judge was from NMAMIT, Nitte, Prof Sunitha Lasrado, Department of E&C and the internal judge from SJEC, Prof Satisha K from the Department of E&E.

The valedictory program was held in Logic Design Laboratory with MC being 3rd year E&C student Ms. Raksha Jathanna. Principal-SJEC, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis was the Chief Guest of the function and Head of the Department of E&C, Prof. B.V. Nityananda was the Guest of Honor. Best Project prize was won by students of Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management for the project titled “Image Transparency Computer Vision for Effective Content Delivery”. Second place was shared by students of N.M.A.M.I.T, Nitte, for their project titled “Semi-Automatic Electronic Gear Control for Automobiles”, and students of St Joseph Engineering College, for their project titled “Smart Street Light Monitoring Control System”. The exhibition was convened by Mr Rohan Pinto, Assistant Professor, IEEE Branch Counselor - SJEC, and Mr Gandhimathinathan, Assistant Professor, ISTE-ECE Branch Coordinator – SJEC.

Technical Talk Organized by ISTE ECE-Chapter

Technical Talk on:

Error Control Techniques: Modern & Classical Approach

The ISTE SJEC Chapter in association with Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering organized a Technical Talk for the III Year UG and II Year PG students of Electronics and Communication Engineering on 25th April 2014 at 3.30 pm in Fr Fred Memorial Hall.

The program was started by welcoming the Guest Dr Prashantha Kumar, Assistant Professor, NITK Surathkal. The event was also attended by Prof BV Nityananda, HOD ECE Dept, Mr Gandhimathinathan A., ISTE-ECE Coordinator, and Mr Prajwal & Ms Prajna, Student Counselors of ISTE-ECE Chapter, Staff members from ECE Department, and III Year UG & II Year PG students of Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Dr Prashantha Kumar introduced the topic “Error Control Techniques: Modern & Classical Approach”. He elaborated how Error Control coding is frequently used to minimise the errors which occur naturally in the transmission and storage of digital data.  He also explained many methods for decoding such codes which are already in use, and the choice falls mainly into two areas: Hard-decision algebraic decoding, a computationally-efficient method, and Soft-decision combinatorial decoding, which although more complex, offers better error-correction.

Nearly 110 students took part in this session. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Mr Shashank U, III Year ECE, who was also the Master of Ceremony for the event.