Vidya Academy of Science & Technology
A unit of Vidya International Charitable Trust
Since the inception of Vidya Academy of Science & Technology, Thrissur in the year 2003, the Mechanical Engineering Department started functioning. This oldest and the largest department aims at imparting high-quality education in Mechanical Engineering through practical and theoretical training. The department is well set to create and maintain an environment which will facilitate the effective teaching-learning process for the faculty and students, thus moulding smart and dynamic mechanical engineering graduates who will shoulder real-life engineering problems by applying practical and theoretical knowledge along with various management tools and professional ethics. Started with intake strength of 60 students, now it is 120with two batches. The department strength is 24 faculty members and eight supporting staff in the workshops and labs. Four faculty members are with Doctoral degree from reputed institutes and four are pursuing it. Two lab staff members are with M. Tech and B. Tech degrees respectively. In addition to the Central Workshop, the department has eight laboratories which are full-fledged and equipped for conducting advanced experiments also. Every year, the department comes up with innovative and useful projects done by the students, a few of which have won awards from various professional bodies. The two prestigious projects from ISRO and SERB are progressing well. As part of the annual technical festival ‘Techfest’, the students exhibit the latest technological developments in various fields and improve their industry readiness as soon as they complete their graduation. Good numbers of faculty members are resource persons in various sectors, councillors and consultants. The students undergo regular industrial visits and internships. Apart from the regular course content, Add On courses in British English language, Additive Manufacturing, software like Fusion 360, Catia, Ansys etc are also extended to the students. Online courses through ASAP in AI/ML, Soft skills, coding etc are also provided to the students. The release of department magazine annually - MEK’D-, is unique. Commendable performances of students in the university examinations, higher education and research, as entrepreneurs and in business developments, and employment in Defense, hardware and software sections deserve special mention.
Vision and Mission
Progress through education by creating smart mechanical engineers who can shoulder both theoretical and practical situations in the complex mechanical engineering world.
1. To impart high quality education in Mechanical Engineering through practical and theoretical training.
2. To create and maintain an environment which will facilitate effective teaching-learning process for the faculty and students.
3. To mould smart and dynamic mechanical engineering graduates who will shoulder real life engineering problems by applying practical and theoretical knowledge along with various management tools and professional ethics.
PEOs, POs & PSOs
PEOs, POs and PSOs
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
PEO-1: Our graduates will have the ability to apply knowledge across disciplines and emerging areas of Mechanical Engineering for the promotion of higher studies, research, employment and product development.
PEO-2: Our graduates will have a strong sense of responsibility towards protecting the environment and are committed towards peaceful co-existence.
PEO-3: Our graduates will understand the need for life-long learning and nurturing a successful professional career that includes communication skills, managerial abilities, leadership qualities and decision making policies for academic excellence.
Program Outcomes (POs)
1. Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and mechanical engineering to the solution of complex engineering problems.
2. Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.
3. Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
4. Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
5. Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.
6. The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.
7. Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
8. Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.
9. Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
10. Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
11. Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
12. Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.
Program Specific Outcomes (PSOs)
PSO-1: Mechanical Engineering Design. The students of Mechanical engineering, after successfully completing the theory and practical design courses in thermal engineering, material science, manufacturing and service systems will be able to identify contemporary issues as a part of their term and external projects and solve them via design and implementation of solutions.
PSO-2: Mechanical Engineering Analysis. The students of Mechanical Engineering after completing analytical, computational and supplementing courses in the curriculum successfully aided by add-on or on-line materials will be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice and interpret the results by analyzing.
PSO-3: Managerial Expertise. The students of Mechanical Engineering will be able to work in professional teams with the concepts and intellectual skills, courage and integrity, awareness and sensitivity to fulfill the needs and aspirations of the society within certain realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
Former HOD of Mechanical Department , NIT Calicut
Scientist Gr. V at Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore,
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Previous Experience :-
Former HOD of Mechanical Department , NIT Calicut
Scientist Gr. V , Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore, Aug. 1980 - Aug. 1983
Project Assistant, Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore, Jun. 1979 - Aug. 1980
Trainee ; Kerala Agro Machinery Corporation Ltd, Athani, Ernakulam Dt
Areas of Interest :-
Unconventional machining- AJM , Material Science, Manufacturing Science
Mr. Vishnu Shaji
Mr. Abdul Gafoor C P
Junior Research Fellow
Mr. Madhu Kootickal
Mr. Abilash C.G
I T I
Mr. Sugunan M G
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
ITI Fitter (NCVT-1987-89) BARC Level 2 (RT) ASNT Level 2(MT, PT)
Mr. Jerin Poulose
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Sreerag Sreenivasan
B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Nikil N V
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Department Library houses 600 volumes in more than 100 titles in a spacious room. The titles cover the entire areas of mechanical engineering including emerging technologies. The books contributed by students, faculty and publishers, and are issued to the students and faculties on demand.
The department seminar hall can accommodate a maximum of 200 students. This seminar hall is being utilized for student seminars, project presentation, department association activities/seminars, farewell functions, conferences, invited talks etc.
Department has enough tutorial rooms to conduct tutorial classes & elective classes.
Department Counseling Room
Department holds a unique counseling centre. Every faculty receives counseling training at the time of joining. Three faculties deputed for each class. The counseling session for students is carried out in the counseling room.
The objective of this lab is to provide exhaustive knowledge in various concepts and applications of Thermal Engineering. The lab is well-equipped and enables students to understand the experimental methods on Thermal Energies in various Heat and Mass Transfer systems and Engines, to demonstrate and analyze their operational procedures. The Heat Engines lab provides a lot of opportunities for the students to study different types of IC engines and to do investigative experiments and innovative projects. The performance test, heat balance test, the retardation test and emission test can be carried in a variety of IC engines like petrol/diesel/biodiesel fueled with single/double / multi-cylinder engines with modern mechanical loading devices. Heat and Mass Transfer Lab provides knowledge and opportunity to conduct various experiments regarding the heat transfer through solids, fluids and analysis of convection, conduction and radiation in one and two dimensional steady and unsteady systems. Heat and mass transfer lab includes Dynamics Lab, where the experimental analysis of Dynamics of Vibrations can be performed through various types of equipment like free and forced vibration apparatus, whirling of shaft apparatus and Gyroscope. The lab also contains a number of models of various types of engines, cut section models, charts and specifications of various thermal engineering applications and various student projects.
In this lab, the students are given an exposure to various basic production processes taking place in the industry such as metal cutting and turning. They are given hands-on training in the most commonly used machines and equipment in the production field. The students are also made acquainted with the latest production techniques and production machinery used in industries of late.
Fluid Mechanics Lab
Experiments like calibration of various flow measuring devices, measurements of characteristics of flow through pipes, orifices and various notches fixed in channels, Raynolds experiments etc, are conducted in this section. Students are exposed to technical aspects of Hydraulic turbines such as Kaplan turbine, Francis turbine and Pelton Wheel and pumps such as Centrifugal pump, Reciprocating pump, Gear pump, Hydraulic ram etc besides doing experiments to analyse the performance characteristics in this section.
Heat Transfer Lab
Mechanical engineers often deal with heat, which is an excellent working substance. Hence heat transfer lab is included in the curriculum. This lab makes the students understand the basics of heat transfer. It gives hands-on training to students for handling various heat flow controlling and measuring devices.
Metrology and Instrumentation Lab
This lab enables the students to get trained in Calibration and Use of different measuring instruments. By the completion of this lab, the student will have a comprehensive knowledge of uncertainties involved in any measurement.
CAD/CAM and Robotics Lab
In this era of computerization, CAD-CAM lab offers a platform with all the necessary infrastructure where students get an exposure to various software and programming tools applied in mechanical engineering. It also makes them proficient in areas such as computer-aided drawing, simulation, modelling and computerized machine operation, robotics, numerical controlled machines and additive manufacturing using 3D printing.
1) Autodesk AutoCAD 2019 2) Autodesk Inventor Professional 2019 3) Autodesk FUSION 360
4) ANSYS 16.0 5) CNC Train 6) Sci Lab 7) LATEX 8) SketchUp 9) Autodesk Revit 2018
The mechanical department encourages its faculty members to continuously improve their academic qualification and teaching skills. The department has a research lab with work stations of configurations capable of performing high-speed computations. 25 user license of ANSYS has been recently added as analysis software for the faculty and students who pursue their research. Equipment like solar water heaters, catalytic converters, data loggers, Digital gas analyzers, etc have been installed.
VAST and Bosch Ltd signed the Memorandum of Understanding to set up a lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department with the objective of preparing students for industry-oriented learning through Bosch automotive training programs with the assessment. This lab was inaugurated on 21st October 2016. Bosch Ltd. has Automotive Service Solutions (AS) as a part of Automotive Aftermarket business division in India to provide complete service solution for automotive workshops by offering latest workshop/Diagnostic equipment’s and giving excellent service and training support. Apart from contributing to develop the student’s skills and knowledge in advanced automotive systems and services by various training and joint certification programs through Bosch training centres and Joint certification training setup at Institutions across India, this MoU provides students to Know more on advanced automotive systems, attend Guest Lectures, Seminars from Bosch professional trainers/experts, Motivate students to work on real-time projects with industry and thus help students to meet the auto industry expectations.
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An Interactive session by Dr. Narayanan Komerath, Professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States was held at 10.00 am on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. He enlightened the gathering of Directors, Principal, Heads of Departments, faculty, and other staff members about need for developing and implementing various technologies to meet the energy requirements of our nation. The energy needs can only be met by developing a host of technologies across bio-gas, natural fuel, solar photo-voltaic cells, etc. Over 300 million people in our country still lack access to basic power; so a big challenge also lies in educating our people in the villages and helping them achieve their basic necessities.
Mr. Divakaran PK, Manager Operation at CEFIRE Global also spoke during the occasion about the various offerings from his organization and on how these could be leveraged to help skill development among the students.
Later, Dr. Narayana Komerath fielded questions from the gathering and answered them which ranged from engineering education to product engineering, and patents.
- INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY INSTITUTE INTERACTION
- Date and Venue
The seminar was an International-Industry Interaction Programme, took place on 16th January 2017 at the Auditorium of Vidya Academy of Science & Technology, Thrissur. The resource persons arrived at the venue at 10:45 AM and the seminar started at 11:00 AM, after a function for welcoming the guests and dignitaries, in and off the dais and the participants.
- Resource persons
Two eminent engineers from USA were the speakers for the seminar. First speaker was Mr. Patrick N Davis, who is currently the Vice President of Carter Cryogenic Services (CCS), USA. He has over 35 year experience in the cryogenic pumping and holds many patents in cryogenic pumping improvement technologies. Second speaker was Mr. Nidhin Kadavil, who is currently the President of TriSeas International, USA.
The seminar was attended by respected Principal, Dr. Sudha Balagopalan, Executive Director Er. G. Mohanachandran, Author Trustee and EC member, VICT, Er. K. G. Sukumaran, Heads and faculty members of various departments and final year B-Tech students of all branches. Approximately there were 300 participants in the Auditorium.
- The Programme
The programme started with a prayer. Afterwards Ms. Swathika K. S. (S8 ME B), welcomed all the dignitaries on and off the dies and handed the function over to Principal, Dr. Sudha Balagopalan for presidential address. It was followed with the message of the day by Executive Director Er. G. Mohanachandran. Afterwards the resourse persons were introduced and the technical talk was declared open by VICT, Author Trustee and EC member Er. K. G. Sukumaran.
The seminar was opened by Mr. Nidhin Kadavil and he introduced the topic “Cryogenic Training Solutions & Basics of Cryogenic Liquid Pumping”. Mr. Patrick N Davis gave an overview about the company, Complete Cryogenic Services, Inc. and mentioned their responsibilities and operations in the global scenario of Cryogenic requirements. Then the two resource persons together delivered a seminar on the basics of Cryogenic Liquid Pumping. They discussed in detail about the basics of pumping, Cryogenic liquid gases, Commercial Cryogenic Pumping, various applications etc. citing many real-life examples. They also discussed in length about the Engineering Challenges associated with Cryogenic Pumping, with the help of different designs of Cryogenic Pumps. Mechanical, Hydraulic, Electric, Material Science & Instrumentation design considerations were also briefly explained.
The session then continued with relevance of Cryogenic Liquid Pumping in a fastest growing industry like LNG Industry and what are the career profiles and outlook of an Engineer, associated with Cryogenics, in those industries. Names of Cryogenic Pump Makers, LNG Engineering Consultants, LNG Owners, LNG Carriers, Petrochemical Owners etc. were cited on this context.
During the closing remark, Mr. Nidhin Kadavil explained about the importance of an Advanced Training in Cryogenic Pump & LNG Plant Design and the availability of such a course.
Afterwards the seminar, the guests were honored by giving mementos and a thanking note by Executive Director Er. G. Mohanachandran and Er. K. G. Sukumaran.
In the end, Mr. Sreekanth Unni (S8 ME B) delivered the vote of thanks to all the invited guests and participants for gracing the occasion by their solemn presence.
It was then followed by an Industry-Institute interactive session, among the resource persons,Faculty and students of various departments.
Official programme came to an end by 12.30 PM.
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