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IQEC 2014-15


Internal Quality Enhancement Cell was initiated on - September 5, 2012.

The Last report for SoT was submitted in - September 2014.

It was pragmatic that to enhance internal quality in teaching-learning, administration and research activities of the various schools, IQAC were constituted on 5th September 2012 at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.

At School of Technology, Student Feedback program is organized and conducted. A standardized questionnaires form is designed online this year onwards for the feedback of undergraduate & postgraduate modules, lecturers and programmes. The main purposes of student feedback are:

  • Contributing to monitoring and review of quality and standards.
  • Identifying good practice.
  • Contributing to faculty development.
  • Ensuring the effectiveness of course design and delivery.

For every 20-25 students studying at School of Technology, a Faculty Advisor is appointed who provides a communications link between the students and the university and the student’s guardians. The Faculty adviser encourages the students for their various achievements and issues and helps them in their day to day university activities & requirements.

School of Technology has about fifty well equipped laboratories which enable the students and faculties to carry out the high quality research and contribute to the nation and scientific community.

At School of Technology, The Training and Placement Cell (T&P Cell) facilitates the process of placements for graduates and post-graduate students at the University, besides collaborating with prominent organizations in setting up of internship and training program of students. The placement policies and other related activities are handled by Training & Placement Cell, assisted by faculty In-charge and students’ Placement Committee.  Students Committee is closely co-opted in implementing these policy decisions. The process of coordination with recruiters is handled by the T&P Cell.

All the initiatives taken up by the School of Technology and the challenges faced for the internal quality improvement are summarized in detail as below.

(a) Curriculum Development and the Course Basket:-
BOS meeting was held in March 2015 to advise and discuss the various topics relating to the education, teaching, learning, and research in the subjects of the department, including curriculum and examinations. Board has given the permission for floating some “Open Electives” (common to all branches of Engineering) in UG curriculum. Board has also encouraged introducing the courses aiming at strengthening the research and innovation among all engineering departments.

The detailed department-wise working of the same is placed as Annexure-I »

(b) Faculty and Staff Recruitment:–
School of Technology recruited faculties in different branches of engineering in the previous Year 2013-2014. The process of recruitment is still in progress looking to the necessities of the school.

  • Lecturer - 54
  • Assistant Professor - 31          
  • Associate Professesor - 06
  • Professor - 02
  • Laboratory Assistant -18

(C) Collaborative Research Project:–

  • Dr. Dash from Department of Chemical Engineering is doing collaborative research project on Fundamental Study on Adsorption Led Solar Cooling Technology (FAST) with Dr. Ajit K. Shukla (Now @ R K University, Rajkot). He is also associated with two separate projects on modeling and simulation with Dr. A.K. Sahu of institute of plasma research (IPR), gandhinagar.
  • Dr. Pravin Kodgire/Mr Choksi/Ms A. Sharma/Mr Abhishek Kumar doing collaborative work on biofuel synthesis with Prof.S.S Kachawaha of mechanical engineering department.
  • Mr Himanshu Choksi is guiding various student research projects.
  • Dr. Vishvesh J Badheka of mechanical engineering department is in collaborative research with Faculties of Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT GN) wherein mutual facilities are used and research in field of welding is carried out.
  • Dr. Vishvesh J. Badheka of Mechanical engineering department is in collaborative research with engineers/scientists of Institute of plasma research (IPR), Gandhinagar wherein mutual facilities are used and research in field of welding is carried out.
  • MoU is signed between department and M/s. Carbon clean solutions, Mumbai to have research collaboration in the field of carbon dioxide sequestration.
  • The Siemens-centre of excellence has been established at PDPU to provide the need of skilled man power in the automotive industry. The Siemens centre of Excellence is established under an agreement between industries commissionerate - government of Gujarat, Siemens industry software (India) pvt. Ltd., design tech systems ltd., India & Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.

Detailed information about Siemens Centre of Excellence is enclosed as Annexure-II »

(d) Research Activities at PDPU:-
In support of the University's overarching objectives, the School of Technology builds on its strengths to manage a research environment which promotes rigorous research that is relevant to the nation and the region, develop and support existing and emerging research strengths within a "high performance culture", facilitate multidisciplinary research excellence, build sustainable research partnerships with government, industry and other universities, provides a suitable enabling research infrastructure.

The research objectives of the PDPU aim to express its research philosophy, which are aimed at meeting the needs of the university as well as other stakeholders. The research objectives of the school shall be:

  • To ensure the conduct of excellent, high-tech and cutting-edge research by providing excellent research facilities and national and international media for research publication;
  • To encourage all academic staff to engage in result-oriented research activities in their areas of specialization especially those in line with the university priorities and which are relevant to national need with the aim to establish a vibrant research culture that shall exert a positive impact on the quality of teaching;
  • To ensure that in training the students, the university emphasizes proper orientation in research and research methodology to equip students with tools for defining and solving problems;
  • To develop a research agenda document for the university outlining its research priorities and areas of interest; and to share same within and outside the university community;

List of ongoing research project is enclosed as Annexure-III »

(e) Symposiums and workshops conducted by the School:-

Departments

Workshops

Symposium

Mechanical Engineering Department

1. One day workshop on “Research Opportunities and Resource Assessment of Wind Energy”, on the 21st of February 2015
2. Two day workshop on “CREO” on 8-9th November, 2014, PDPU, Gandhinagar
3. Two Days workshop on “FEA” on 21-22 February, 2015, PDPU, Gandhinagar
4. one day workshop on “Opportunities and recent trends in Applied Energy”at PDPU, March 7, 2015

5. Coordinator of one day workshop on “Industrial applications of Evaporative cooling” at PDPU, 31.01.2015.

6. A three day workshop on Emerging Solar Energy Technologies: Trends and Development on 30 January to 1 February, 2015 at Gujarat Institute of Solar Energy, Sector 20, Gandhinagar

7. A one day workshop on Energy Conservation Awareness. On 14th February, 2015 at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar.

8. A one day workshop on computer aided thermal system analysis On 28th February, 2015 at at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar.

9. Workshop on ‘WPS & PQR’, jointly with M/s Rajiv Machine Tools organized at AMA, A’bad on 24th Jan 2015.

10. Welding for Engineer a joint workshop organized at M/s Ratanamani Metal & Tubes, Kalol, 16-17-18 Feb 15 along with welding consultant Mr. Alap Mistry.

11. Short term training program on Solid Modeling, Synchronous Technology, Parametric Modeling and Sheet Metal Design, 18-24 May, 2015.

12. Short Term Training Program on Advanced Simulation and Manufacturing using NX” 25 to 29 May 2015

13. Short Term Training Program on Siemens CNC Controllers, Computer Integrated Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping, 1 to 5 June 2015.

 

Chemical Engineering Department

International Conference On Chemical Industry-August 2014

Civil Engineering Department

Workshop on

Smart Cities:
Prospects and Challenges-14th August-2015

At PDPU School of Technology Civil Department organized “ Recent trends in sustainable Geotechniques”, a symposium on March 23, 2015.


(f) Public Lectures:

List of Expert Lecture organized in department of Electrical Engineering:

Sr. No. Name Designation & Organization Topic Date
1 Prof. Kaumil B. Shah Assistant Professor
Sankalchand Patel College of Engineering, Visnagar
Advanced Electrical Machines (SRM) 25/10/2013
2 Prof. Santosh C. Vora Professor
Nirma University, Ahmedabad
SMART GRID TECHNOLOGIES 11/02/2014
3 Prof. Nilesh K. Patel Associate Professor and Head
Sankalchand Patel College of Engineering, Visnagar
Flexible AC transmission system 03/04/2014
4 Prof. Ragvan K Assistant Professor, IIT
Gandhinagar
Excitation systems in power systems 21/04/2014
5 Prof. Pinkal J. Patel Associate Professor Sankalchand Patel College of Engineering, Visnagar Shunt and series active filter for Mitigation of Harmonics” / power quality issue 21/11/2014
6 Prof. Bhavesh Bhalja Assistant Professor, IIT Roorkee Smart Grid and WAMS 20/03/2015
7 Prof. Bhuvanesh Oza Retd. Professor
BVM Engg. College, VVNagar
Ex. Employee PDPU
Power System Protection 05/05/2015
8 Mr. Kalpesh Pathak Jacobs Ind Industrial Expert 30/06/2015
9 Mr. VirendraLakhiani Transformers & Rectifiers Industrial Expert 30/06/2015
10 Mr. Jayendra Vyas Electrotherm India Ltd. Industrial Expert 03/07/2015

 

List of Expert Lectures Organized in Deptartment of Civil Engineering

Sr. No. Name Designation & Organization Topic Date
1. Prof. SaswatBandopadhyay Professor, Faculty of Planning, CEPT University Understanding the Smart Cities 14.07.15
2. Prof. Sejal Patel Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Planning, CEPT University Genesis and Development of Smart Cities 14.07.15
3 Mr.Rajnikant Patel Chairman, Graduate School of Smart Cities, Gujarat Technical University Smart Cities : Prospects & Challanges 14.07.15
4 Mrs JankiJetti Vice President – Gift City Smart Cities: A Case Study of GIFT City Gandhinagar 14.07.15
5 Dr. G. J. Joshi Assoc. Professor, SVNIT Recent Advances in Transportation Engineering 02.04.15
6   Dr.Mayank Desai Asst. Professor, Dept of Applied Mechanics, SVNIT Virtual Web Based Reality in Structural Engineering 27.03.15
7 Prof. Devanshu Pandit Associate Professor, Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad Overview of Construction Contracts Management 06.02.15
8 Mr B. J. Vasavada Techno Legal Consultant Tenders, Contracts & Specifications 06.02.15
9 Prof. GoutamDutta Professor, Production & Quantitative Methods Area, IIM Ahmedabad Critical Chain Project Management for Infrastructure Projects 22.08.14
10 Prof. Ajit Desai Professor, CEPT University Software Applications in Project Management: Primavera 12.09.14
11 Mr Manesh Sharma Technical Head, ESRI GIS Applications in Civil Engineering 17.01.14

 

List of Expert lecture organized in the department of Solar school of Engineering

Sr. No. Name Designation & Organisation Topic Date
1. Dr. Klaus Bucher   CEO(Optosolar
Gmbh)
Process for the measurements of IQE and EQE of solar cell 11/11/2014
2. Prof. Govindsamy Tamizhmani Clinical Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology and Innovation Reliability and Durability of Photovoltaic Modules   25/11/2014
3 Dr.Manav Sharan Sr. Scientist, Applied Materials,USA High efficiency ion implanted IBC solar cells   22/12/2015
4 Dr.Ajay  Upadhyay
GATECH, USA

Sr.Scientist, Applied Materials,USA  

COE in PV research  
5. Dr.Ranjan Pati, Assistant Prof., SVNIT Lecture on Fuel Cell research 03/03/2015

Expert lecture organized in the department of Nuclear Engineering

Sr. No. Name Designation & Organization Topic Date
1. Dr. D. Bora Director, Institute for Plasma Research Research opportunities for University students at IPR & ITER 30-10-2014.
2. Dr. C. V. S. Rao Senior Scientist Fusion Energy – Energy of Future 30-10-2014.
3. Dr. Chaitanyamoy Ganguly Department of Atomic Energy Prospects and challenges of nuclear energy 17-08-2015.  


Expert lecture organized in the department of Chemical Engineering

Sr No. Name Designation & Organization Topic Date
1     Prof. Moharir IIT Bombay Piping and Pipeline Engineering: Fundamentals and applications 1st August 2014
2 Dr. Bharat Jain Member secretary, Gujarat cleaner production centre, Udhyog bhawan Cleaner Production- A pollution prevention strategy 12 September, 2014
3 Dr. R.K.Jain Adjunct Professor, SPT, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Pipeline Engineering 1st August 2014
4 Mr. Jayant.K.Bagchi Manager of Projects, Jacobs Engineering Design / Detailed Engineering & Project Management of Oil & Gas Projects – An Overview”.

21.08.15
5. Prof. Krishna Kaushik Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Modelling and optimization in the petroleum and petrochemical industry 25 September
2014
6 Prof. Krishna Kaushik Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Computer aided design in the petroleum and petrochemical industry 26 September
2014
7 Dr. S.K.Dash Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engg, pdpu Introduction to aspen plus 1st August 2014
8 Dr. Kaushik Nath Professor, GCET, Gujarat Membrane Technology 11.04.15
9 Mr. Sachin Palav Project Engineer, L& T Heat exchanger 11.04.15
10 Mr. Pradeep bansal General Manager of Projects , GSPC LNG Limited LNG 11.04.15
11 Dr. Sudhakar Dantiki Manager, International Research centre, Akzonoble India Limited Research and innovation in chemical industry 22.08.14
12 Dr.  B.P.Mandal HOD, Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati CO2 sequestration 22.08.14
13 Dr. S.S.Bandhopadhyay Professor, Cryogenics Centre, IIT Kharagpur Clean Coal technology 07.08.15

 

(g) Community Work:-

Community Development Initiative (CDI) 2015

The fifth edition of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University’s Annual CSR program, the Community Development Initiative (CDI), was organized in the summer of 2015 during May 8-15, 2015 at PDPU Campus. CDI promotes inclusive development of villages and educational institutions near its campus. The aim is to sensitize and motivate students to be a part of societal progress along with their own development. CDI aims to accelerate the learning process of students from villages by offering them various skill sets and inculcate confidence through exposure. Students belonging to three villages in Gandhinagar district, Raisan, Koba and Sargasan, as well as students from Premdhara Shishuvihar, Gandhinagar, attended a 10-day event offering multiple workshops aimed at personal development and enterprise. For PDPU, it provides a platform to engage meaningfully with young students from disadvantaged or rural socio economic backgrounds. Workshops in 2015 included Paper and Balloon Art, Block printing, Tie-n-dye, Theatre, Folk dance, Contemporary dance, and Acting for camera. Two documentary films were made with the participants as actors. A lot of fun and games happened as well; a fun-fair was organized where participants enjoyed the screening of cartoon movies in the PDPU auditorium, played cricket and kabaddi, and had fun on the jumping jack and other rides. Village volunteers as well as students from School of Liberal Studies provided the ground-level planning & support which made the program fun and memorable for all. Ms. Neeta Khurana and Mr. Phalgun Kumar coordinated the event on behalf of the school.

(h) Library Resources:-
Libraries Resources Number of Books and Titles, Journals subscribed e-journals, Self study CDs and learning materials at SoT. It’s very encouraging to see the increase in the total number of Titles & Volumes in the school library.

Please find below the SOT library resources info as required:

Particulars At SOT Library
  Current Status Last Year
Number of Titles 3986 1818
Number of Volumes 10750 9114
National Journals 50 48
International Journals 7 7
National E-Journals 0 0
International E-Journals 3674 274
Database 6 7
CDs 462 350
Newspapers 14 14
Case Study 0 0
Others 0 0

 

New Services in SOT library

1. Current Awareness Service of New Additions of titles
2. Knimbus E-Library & Discovery Services
3. Institutional membership service from IIT-Gandhinagar 
4. Life time membership of The Institute of Engineers India - IM 

(i) Internationalization:–
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) is established by Gujarat State Legislative Act in 2007. The University is supported by Govt. and large number of Energy Companies from India. The University has program in Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts and Sciences. The University also has leading research in Geothermal Energy, Shale Gas, Electrical Engineering and other areas of energy. The University campus is located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat and spread across 100 acre land with state-of-the art Infrastructure. The University has strong International Relations and collaboration with many International Institutions in USA, Canada, Australia and Japan.

In this regards, PDPU had initiated the short term program called International Exposure Program (IEP) for the PDPU students of engineering with the objective to provide international exposure and to get acquainted faster with changing technology in their sector and also expose to the cross-cultural environment of Canada. The Program is designed for 4 weeks; which comprise of engineering seminars, hands-on experiment in engineering laboratories, visit to engineering projects site & research facilities, cultural workshop, meeting with engineering faculties and excursion visits.

IEP is a core activity of University’s Internationalization plan to develop global citizens from the campus. The aim of the IEP program is give our students an exposure to technical, academic, research, practical, industrial and cultural facets of the program from a International perspective. The program was specially designed with University of Saskatchewan with these objectives and over the last three years these objectives have not only been met but exceeded our expectation.

We also initiated the Travel Grant Support which is a financial support to students for attending international conference/symposium. The Financial Assistance is provided as per the guidelines approved by the Travel Grant Committee. The Assistance is granted to a Student / Research Scholar through his/her faculty supervisor. The norms approved are as follows.

This is applicable for all schools students. The Support granted would be as follows: For conferences/workshops/symposia organized within :

  1. North America or South America: Rs.60,000/-
  2. Europe, Australia, New-Zealand, Japan & Africa: Rs. 45,000/-
  3. Singapore, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, other Asian Countries: Rs. 30,000/-
  4. Within India: Rs. 5000/-

In addition to the above, every student will get an additional support towards registration fee: At actual, up to a maximum of Rs. 20,000/- (International) & Rs. 2000/- (within India)

These programs played an important role in the overall development of student’s personally and professionally it’s a huge learning experience for the students who want to pursue their career internationally. It has also motivated students who want to pursue their Master program in internationally. The students having exposure to this program have developed more employable skills as per the needs of the industry.

 (j) University Arms:–

Women’s Cell:-
School of technology has nominated Dr. Poonam Mishra, Ms.Hiral Prajapati & Ms.Punyata Bhagat for the women Cell of the University.

NCC Activity:-
Mr. Anil Markana is efficiently handling the NCC Wing of the university.

CSSI Activities:-
Faculties are facilitating the CSSI & Industrial orientation programs of different department of the school.

Purchase of Lab Equipments:-
Mr.RK.Singh is heading the purchase cell for all the laboratories capital purchases of the university.

Student Activities and Leadership:-
Office of Student Activities & Leadership works to help students to explore, nurture and exhibit their passion and develop life & leadership skills. Thus, in such short time span of the Universities existence, its students have organized number of events in fields of art, culture, language, media, sports, science & technology etc. In the year 2014-15 there were total 17 student organizations, which conducted around 150 intra-University, Inter University and National level events.

The students’ organizations in PDPU are majorly categorized as: Social & Cultural, Science & Technical and Sports. The activities at the OSAL are majorly driven by Student Clubs, Student Chapters of professional societies and each focusing on different aspects of art, culture, or science—as well as a theatre, film archive, robotics, and photography. Many Clubs host exciting programs, lectures, classes and activities for students throughout the year. From theatrical plays and musical performances to robo wars and guest speakers, students can find a breathtaking range of university-sponsored activities that will expand students’ world view and enrich their life.

With support and mentoring of the office, students organizes various inter college and intra college sports, culture, technical and social events. FLARE - annual Cultural festival, Tesseract – annual Technical festival and Petrocup – Annual Sports festival are gaining popularity among students of other reputed institutes and received good participation during inter college events.

Training and Placement Cell:-
The Training and placement activities are supported throughout the 4 years that the student is here at PDPU. The activity starts from the first week itself when he joins the college as a new admit. There are industry experts chosen from different disciplines who talk to students about the expectations of the industry as well as understanding of the discipline they are expected to join. Thereafter, in the same week, students are taken to different industries which are chosen basis their choice of discipline to give an overview of things that they are going to join. This helps the University to build the existing relationships with the companies later for the placements.

In the first year, the students also undergo a compulsory subject of communication skills as a part of their curriculum which helps the students coming from a vernacular background to cope up with the changeover to English and improve their general written and oral communication.

At the end of the first year students undergo a Rural/Civic Social service internship to be able to understand and implement the applicability of the Technical knowledge in the rural sector as well as develop keen sense of observation to solve unstructured problems.

The students also undergo a comprehensive programme of Industrial orientation of around 2 weeks at the end of their second year where they are taken to industries working in their stream and there is a long interaction cum detailed visit explaining the company operations for them to gain a deeper understanding of the applicability of the academic principles that they have learnt over a period of 2 years. There are also technical lectures delivered for each stream by Senior industry veterans having a vast experience to give them the practical understanding of the subjects.

At the end of 3rd year, the students undergo a 6 weeks Industrial training with industries where the university has already an existing relationship or we are looking to forge a new relationship. Basis the work done by the students at these companies, the companies accordingly take a view on the quality as well as the attitude of the students for taking decisions on continuing/getting into a relationship with the university for placements. In the final year of their studies, the students undergo sessions to prepare them for the companies who would be coming over to the University for recruitments. They are given training on Technical (revision), Aptitude, Group Discussion and interviews which now form a part of the process for most of the good companies visiting the campus. They are also given understanding on CV/Resume development for being able to showcase the achievements that they have done over the period of 4 years.

The Alumni relations cell is also active under the T&P umbrella to maintain a relationship with the Alumni of the institute who help us to reach out to their own companies as well as provide leads for new companies. An alumni meet is conducted every year for the students to let us connect back to our Alumni.

The T&P cell also publishes a placement brochure and conducts pre placement visits to leading corporate in Gujarat and major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Chennai to help get the companies to campus. There are Guest lectures conducted every month where people from the Industry are invited to interact with students and taken on the campus tour so that the University is known and respected throughout the industrial sector. T&P also arranges for Conclaves and Seminars every year at the University/Branch level to be able to get the industries involved in partnering with the University. Apart from the above efforts, T&P persons visit all the companies in Gujarat and surrounding regions on regular basis to be able to maintain and further the relations with the companies.

All the above activities on a continuing basis throughout the 4 years of the engineering that a student undergoes at PDPU results into the placements of the students.

(k) Challenges Ahead: –

  • Seamless integration between faculties to allow students to register and gain credits imparting flexibility.
  • To reduce gap between faculty- student, admin-faculty.
  • The challenges for recruitment of distinguished faculties.
  • To strengthen examination section of the university.
  • To install or place a system at university to-
    1. Monitor HR related issue.
    2. Corporate relation with industry and brand value.
    3. Curriculum design (Academic section), enable internationally accredited and industry oriented curriculum
  • School of Technology has grown many folds in the last couple of years. School of technology is having maximum number of Students in the University. The school requires more human resource in staff for regular office work and proper & appropriate documentations.
  • Placement of SoT students is a very challenging task for the placement team along with the school Department.
  • Faculty development plan pertaining to teaching and learning is an important challenge.
  • Proper research facility and guidance is a very important mission.