Industrial visit has its own importance in a career of a student who is pursuing a professional degree and it is a part of college curriculum. The objective of industrial visit is to provide students an insight regarding internal working of companies. The theoretical knowledge is not enough for making a good professional career. With an aim to go beyond academics, industrial visit provides student a practical perspective on the world of work. It provides students an opportunity to learn practically through interaction, working methods and employment practices.
An Industrial visit to jThread, IT training and Consultancy, Bangalore for B.Tech Computer Science students were intended to familiarize them with various web based technologies and emerging trends in the field of IT. Mr. Saju Pappachen, Chief Consultant at jThread briefed about their company. His team members covered topics related to software product lifecycle, different areas for which industries works and core concepts related with current industry needs. The students are benefited in terms of the technical details provided by the company and various career opportunities in I.T. industries. The company persons also appreciated our students after the question answer sessions. The talk seems to be very informative and gives good learning experience. Students are now looking forward to take up courses related to web based technology with a greater zeal.
Students of BMCE had got an opportunity to visit the start up village at Kochi as a part of their industrial visit. Startup village acts as a learning platform for those who would like to become an entrepreneurs. They guide students on how to create a great startup. The line under the logo of Startup Village read “Build. Break. Innovate”. This reminded us of a quote by Keri Smith “To create is to destroy” which felt quite true. Innovation is a constant process of breaking thought processes which you have built and challenge yourself to do one better. We were sceptical about the number of start-ups the building could host. A person on joining the team might be an expert at one way of creative work, but in a period of 3 months they learn other arts of the trade and end up teaching their own. Startup Village, recognized by the Union Government as the Best Technology Business Incubator in 2015, has already tied up with five universities for integrating entrepreneurship with curriculum. These are Gujarat Technological University and Gujarat Law Society, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University at Anantapur and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, and APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) in Kerala.
Another exciting experience for the BMCE students were Banasura Sagar dam which is constructed over a tributary river of Kabini River in the Wayanad district of Kerala, state of India. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders. This project was started with the aim to help and support another power generation project named Kakkayam HEP Project of the same district. Another intention of this dam was also to provide drinking water to the residents of the surrounding area as the area faced dryness in the summer season. Visiting this dam was an unforgettable experience for the students.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore (VITM), a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The information regarding different machines, information technology, space technology, Bio technology, Electronics and Communication created a great impact on students. The work done by the astronauts Kalpana Chawla, Rakesh Sharma and Sunitha Williams inspired students a lot.
In short, industrial visit has provided exposure to the final year students with industrial life.