Discussing New Age Tech Courses: In Interview with Dr. R.B Jadeja – Dean of Engineering, Marwadi University (Rajkot)

1. Tell us in regards to the Department of Engineering at Marwadi University and what sort of Skilled Professionals is the division making an attempt to create? 

The Marwadi University – Faculty of Engineering, is a world-class engineering faculty acknowledged for excellence, innovation, and the societal relevance and influence of its pursuits. We produce inventive and technically sturdy engineers and pioneering analysis options to international challenges. We do that with an unprecedented dedication to integrating engineering with sciences, arts, enterprise, and different disciplines to yield transformative outcomes.

In the classroom, the analysis lab, or the design studio, our neighborhood is busy pursuing ground-breaking analysis or instructing college students. Our school members are engaged and accessible.

A big a part of our success comes from our top-notch school. Our school push learners past conventional disciplinary boundaries to discover and create new areas of research. Their state-of-art-research appears at important points in supplies, processes, methods, infrastructure, {hardware}, and software program at each scale—nano to macro to international—grounded in a translational strategy that integrates the values of fundamentals and utilized analysis to satisfy societal wants.

Research at Marwadi is on an aggressive development mode with packages in engineering geared to satisfy the altering wants of {industry} and society. Marwadi University supplies undergraduate engineering college students with early instruments for analysis, the thrill of discovery, and the chance to implement concepts. Our golf equipment reminiscent of ‘Construction Club’, ‘Aeromodelling Club’, ‘IOT Club’, and lots of extra, and packages reminiscent of ‘Parivartan’ assist put together profession-ready graduates.

The establishment’s sturdy alliance with industries ensures relevancy in school rooms and analysis labs. One of our outstanding {industry} associations is ‘MUJCAL’ – a business-education partnership provides high-achieving college students skilled expertise. Every yr, the school is more and more turning discoveries into commercialized improvements by government-supported ‘Start-ups’ that assist our mission to construct options for a greater tomorrow.

A shared objective drives Marwadi University to make a greater world by training, analysis, and innovation. We are thrilling and distinctive, superlative however not discriminatory, resourceful and inventive, eager with numbers, and open-hearted to expertise no matter the place it comes from. We are dedicated to producing, sharing, and preserving information to fight important challenges. MU is devoted to offering its college students with an training that mixes rigorous educational research and the thrill of discovery with the assist and mental stimulation of a various campus neighborhood. We search to develop in every of our college students the flexibility and fervour for working correctly, creatively, and successfully for the betterment of humankind.

2. The newest addition to the division has been the set up of supercomputer by the federal government of Gujarat. How do you see this transfer as a turning level for Marwadi University by way of R&D, Collaborations, Partnerships, and upskilling of Computer Engineering Students?

Marwadi University has been conferred a supercomputer facility from the Gujrat Council of Science and Technology (GUJCOST). This facility is provided with a Param Shavak system developed at C-DAC for high-performance computing, and deep studying with x86 based mostly newest Intel processor, 98 GB RAM, 16 TB storage, Nvidia based mostly co-processing accelerator applied sciences, and a software program growth setting.

The set up of Supercomputer makes Marwadi University Gujarat’s solely University with Supercomputer and AI and Big Data, ICT programs below one roof, enabling the extremely motivated people, schools, and researchers who want to excel in varied topic areas of Computer Science and Engineering.

An enormous turning level in training and analysis within the AI & Big Data may be estimated by the truth that, at current, Marwadi University has 400 college students yearly taking admission within the Computer & IT Department and 60 college students in Computer Applications. With an estimate of round 20% of scholars endeavor initiatives in AI/ML/DL using supercomputing services, we may have roughly 90 college students who might be instantly concerned with the power of Supercomputer. Adding to this estimation, we’ve round 600 college students from Electrical, Mechanical, Pharmacy, and Science streams, of which 3% might be benefited instantly or not directly attributable to this tremendous useful resource on the campus.  

MU can be wanting ahead to selling the paradigm the place AI researchers work in shut collaboration with the researcher in different domains like healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, and lots of extra enabling such cross-sectoral collaboration, as an example, a medical physician and a pc scientist, to guide analysis for utility of newest know-how in fixing medical issues and likewise making realtime knowledge accessible within the course of. The alternative will act as a assist for computation assets, simulation, and knowledge evaluation and likewise encourage analysis that gives international options for environmental and societal considerations.

MU has additionally began working in direction of partnering with worldwide universities that can present a plethora of nationwide and worldwide alternatives within the area of AI, CE/IT, ICT, and so on., by collaboration and partnerships with the industries and different analysis facilities inside the nation and overseas.

3. Kindly Elaborate on Some of the New-Age tech oriented programs being supplied at Marwadi University

Engineering has at all times been one of many favourite programs among the many college students. Every yr, lakhs of scholars seem for engineering entrance exams for the admission in BTech course. While Computer Science Engineering/ Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and so on. have extra demand and competitors in India, there are some distinctive or new age engineering programs, which have been gaining momentum in India. Aligning with nationwide impetus on AI/Big Data/ICT/Cybersecurity and worldwide traits, Marwadi University has been providing these new-age tech-oriented programs which are anticipated to form the way forward for the nation.

Here are a number of the new-age programs supplied at Marwadi University:

Robotic Engineering: Robotic Engineering has been attracting the scholars over the previous couple of years, and it is without doubt one of the rising newest engineering programs in India. Generally, Robotic Engineering offers with designing the robotic, its development, operation, and utility. At current, Robotics is being supplied as a topic in Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Due to the emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in India, Robotics Engineering is predicted to tune the nation’s future. 

Some of the numerous roles {that a} graduate of Robotic Engineering can take up are researchers, analysts, robotic specialists, robotic methods engineers, and so on. On the opposite hand, the idea of Robotics may also be utilized in Bioengineering, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, and so on. In the long run, Robotics could also be utilized in all the most important fields, and there could also be a great scope for fast development in employment alternatives.

Automobile Engineering: Indian auto {industry} has turned very aggressive lately because of the fast development of know-how and the emergence of hi-tech automobiles. The Automobile Engineering curriculum at MU offers with designing of various automobiles, designing modern fashions for automobiles, manufacturing merchandise required for automobiles, restore, and servicing of automobiles. Students of Automobile Engineering research varied topics like motor methods, automobile design, know-how, and far more. 

As the demand for Automobile Engineering is on the rise, expert vehicle engineers in vehicle manufacturing industries, aviation and plane industries, and so on. might be a lot wanted.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: AI and MI programs are designed to make college students competent in constructing clever machines. AI and MI programs are particularly designed for college kids who wish to purchase the aptitude to plot sensible options to challenges in quite a lot of analysis and enterprise domains.

These graduates have an enormous scope for employment as Machine Learning Engineer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Architect, and so on.

Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of issues is the interconnection of gadgets, residence home equipment, safety cameras, and so on. the place all gadgets change into sensible and interconnected to every thing round us. Internet of issues is predicted to create alternatives for extra direct integration of the bodily world into computer-based methods which can lead to enhancements in effectivity, financial advantages, and scale back human efforts.

At MU we perceive that the world of at this time is all set to enter an age the place extra superior connectivity choices amongst networks, methods, gadgets are going to alter the way in which we dwell which is able to transcend the human to machine communications. The Internet of issues has already begun altering the world by offering an extra of choices to function and dwell a life stuffed with ease.

It isn’t any shock that because the world turns into extra interconnected, the boundaries which have historically outlined totally different engineering disciplines are dissolving. The engineers of at this time and tomorrow see the world, and the way they will deal with its challenges, in a really holistic method. They are keen about more and more interdisciplinary analysis that brings collectively engineering fields with different disciplines, and an academic curriculum that trains future college students to collaborate, create, and lead.

Ultimately, the long run is outlined by those that will dwell in it. Our excellent school, employees, and college students will decide the place we go from right here throughout three areas which are important to success: analysis, training, and tradition. At MU, we’re excited by the trail ahead that’s outlined — and we’ll work to make this imaginative and prescient of our future a actuality.

4. How has the supply of programmes addressing advanced applied sciences reminiscent of ai, ml, massive knowledge, cybersecurity, ict, helped marwadi college set up its title amongst high universities within the area.

Aligning with nationwide impetus on AI/BigData/ICT/Cybersecurity and worldwide traits, Marwadi University initiated UG packages on AI & Big Data, UG on ICT, and a PG program on cybersecurity inside 4 years. After that, there was no wanting again – MU has been constantly upscaling and upskilling – exploring superior know-how to unravel issues of their area areas. Today, Marwadi University has comparatively massive analysis teams led by skilled school members within the area of Pharmacy, Foundry, Physiotherapy, Photonic & Electronic Devices, and Health & Energy deal with AI/ML/DL enabled initiatives. Some of the present process and deliberate initiatives by these teams are: sensible inspection of steel casting, prediction device for high quality meal casting, short-term load forecasting, gait evaluation in 3D movement, design optimization of power supply, a medical diagnostic system based mostly on the medical sign, and picture knowledge, doc classification, handwriting detection, restoration and therapy prescription in musculoskeletal and neurologically impaired sufferers, personalised drugs utilizing 3D Printing know-how, and IoT enabled anti-TB/ anti-cancer therapy adherence monitoring. These initiatives might be using supercomputer services in mannequin constructing and evaluation.

Also, Marwadi University is a collaborator institute for the leadindia.ai venture of the federal government of India below the management of Bennett University. Marwadi University additionally hosted and arranged the largest IEEE-sponsored convention, ‘INDICON’ in December 2019, with the theme of “Applying Artificial Intelligence for Prosperity and Betterment of Humanity”. Marching forward with dynamic concepts and synchronizing with the nationwide and worldwide wants in technical development, Marwadi University challenges the curious and passionate to think about and ship work that issues.

4. Due to the unprecedented disruption posed by COVID, how has know-how performed an important position for Universities from Tier 2 cities to emerge as the popular selection for college kids.

When it involves selling the regional financial system, folks usually hyperlink it with manufacturing and supporting homegrown corporations. However, native instructional establishments of excellence, at par with different nationwide institutes, have additionally began being thought-about on this regard. It is a standard false impression that solely metro cities can cater to scholar calls for based mostly on social life, infrastructure, employability, and so on.

But instantly we’re seeing an increase within the demand for native universities. COVID-19 has created a brand new world order requiring a shift in perspective and necessitating pondering in several methods. Due to the pandemic, security and proximity are turning out to be the deciding components whereas on the lookout for a great college.  

The present scenario is an unexpected likelihood for the native establishments to show their mettle. Today, dad and mom and college students are choosing hometown universities somewhat than taking pointless dangers of touring to the metro cities. We are witnessing a altering development the place college students who had been beforehand selecting to check in metro-cities reminiscent of Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and so on. are on the lookout for good native choices. 

To sum up this case, we foresee that particular cohorts of scholars will choose to check nearer to residence. Parents and college students will more and more look to regional universities for tertiary research. There is a transparent development that extra college students will look to check of their hometown.

With NAAC A+ accredited training establishments like MU, already geared up with superior infrastructure that ensures the holistic growth of the coed’s persona with the utmost concern for security in thoughts are an comprehensible selection. In reality, we’ve acquired many inquiries from college students to switch their admissions to our college so college students may be nearer to residence and never compromise on their security. We have already acquired greater than 200 purposes to switch credit from college students learning in universities from Metro Cities. ‘Better safe than sorry’ appears to be an apt summation of fogeys’ sentiments within the occasions of this pandemic as increasingly more college students are taking admissions in premium native faculties that promise a protected setting and a aggressive syllabus.

Having stated that, we dwell in a world the place norms are always unravelling across the edges. What will occur as soon as the pandemic is over and life will get again to regular? Will the native universities get the identical significance? The reply is clear – these universities that maintain upgrading and upskilling will maintain and thrive. And Marwadi University has at all times believed within the idea of being and creating lifelong learners.

5. Elaborate on the measures initiated by Marwadi University catering to scholar and researchers expectations for hi-tech infrastructure offered by universities in India.

Marwadi Education Foundation was incepted to reinforce human capabilities in direction of the betterment of humankind. MU strives to contribute information & talent to reinforce human life and supply immense alternatives for each particular person to find his/her true potential. The dedication is to offer the perfect and industry-relevant training.

Today, Marwadi University is residence to 9000+ college students from 31+ international locations learning in 32+ programs in Science, Commerce, and Humanities taught by 500+ educators that embody 110+ Ph.D school from prestigious establishments like IITs, NITs, Stanford University, and NALSAR. IBM, CISCO, Cyberoam, TCS, Wipro are our Knowledge Partners.

Above all, the Marwadi Group of Institutions has been accredited by NAAC with A+ Grade, which makes it the one establishment in Gujarat to have acquired this prestigious grading. The establishment is among the many high 4% of Indian establishments accredited with NAAC A+ Grade.

At MU, we provide a novel mix of high quality training, {industry} join, international publicity, entrepreneurial expertise at a really inexpensive value in a protected and safe setting of Gujarat.

Besides being the one college of Gujarat to have Supercomputer and AI and Big Data, ICT programs below one roof, we’ve just a few latest ingenuities that strengthen hi-tech capability constructing and assets. For occasion, the college has acquired 15 Nvidia deep studying kits and organized a coaching program for school members on the campus. Also, organizing workshops given by the consultants working in industries, collaborating with international and nationwide institutes/universities operating related packages for scholar change, and arranging internships for real-life initiatives with industries – all these are Marwadi University initiatives to arrange college students for future challenges in fixing issues utilizing a hi-tech and sustainable strategy.

6. Where do you see Marwadi University within the subsequent 5 years?

It was a really proud second for Marwadi University when State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, who heads the NEP 2020 state activity pressure, introduced Shri Ketan Marwadi, Founder and Chairman of Marwadi University, as one of many pivotal committee members to arrange a highway map on the way to implement the brand new training coverage within the state. With such a visionary chief on the helm of Marwadi University, we not solely stay up for development, however we see our establishment as a number one college ushering within the winds of change on the earth of training. Marwadi University might be pivotal in creating and implementing the NEP 2020 – the place the curriculum and pedagogy of our establishments will develop a acutely aware consciousness of 1’s roles and tasks in a altering world. The imaginative and prescient of the Policy might be to instil among the many learners a deep-rooted delight in being a great human, not solely in thought, but additionally in spirit, mind, and deeds, in addition to to develop information, expertise, values, and tendencies that assist accountable dedication to human rights, sustainable growth and residing, and international well-being, thereby reflecting a really international citizen.

7. Where will we see ourselves within the subsequent 5 yr?

Our mission is to hunt options to important international issues and to coach leaders who will enhance the world by the facility of engineering rules, methods, and methods.

Our key objectives are to:

  • Conduct curiosity-driven and problem-driven analysis that generates new information and produces discoveries that present the foundations for future engineered methods
  • Deliver world-class, research-based training to college students and broad-based coaching to leaders in academia, {industry}, and society
  • Drive know-how switch with profoundly and broadly educated folks and transformative concepts that can enhance our neighborhood and our world.

The corona pandemic is an eye-opener for the academic policymakers because the world as an entire got here to a standstill because of the public well being emergency. Even the training system stays weak in direction of such outbreaks as such epidemics have profound penalties on uninterrupted training for all. It has been a studying expertise as Covid-19 takes its toll on human life and the worldwide financial system. The scenario not solely pertains to strengthening the well being system but additionally hyperlinks to education-based contingency planning and social empowerment of the plenty upfront to extend their psychological preparedness for coping with such an epidemic. Though as a well-equipped training system, we’ve managed to reap the advantages of studying with new applied sciences, the transformative energy of ICT might be identified in occasions to come back. But as instructional planners, we should stay watchful and versatile even sooner or later to adapt shortly to any sudden flip of occasions to keep up continuity of training. As vigilant and forward-thinking educationists, we should embark upon new options to encourage ‘learning anywhere, anytime’.

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