Glimpses of Progress (1975)

Reproduced from Late Prin. S. D. Phatak Memorial Souvenir(1975).
The Annual intake for Degree and Diploma
The annual intake for degree and diploma courses which was 60 for civil and 30each for Mechanical and Electrical branches has been increased to 60 in each branch. A new branch in Diploma viz. Industrial Electronics has also been started with 30 students as intake since 1971. Post-Gradute courses in all the branches Civil, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical have now become a routine. And,believe it or not, the number of lady-students has grown up to about 175. The teaching staff has also grown from 47 to 110 and the non-teaching staff has increased from 90 to 270. The physical facilities as also the academic activities have increased several-fold.
The College Campus
The built-up area of the College buildings has increased from 6,000 Sq. m. to 16,000 Sq. m. An entirely separate building for the Library has been constructed. The number of volumes is 22200 and of periodicals is 100. A Bank-building with 'Bank of India, Engg. College Branch' and some shops, is also now on the Campus. Four more hostel blocks viz D5, D6, D7 & 08 each accommodating 72 students alongwith a Dining Hall have also been added for the students.
A Students' Amenities Centre, housing Canteen, Reading Room, Record-Library alongwith a small dispensary are in use since last 10 years. A new building for Foundry and fitting shop ( which together also functions as a Production wing) has been constructed.
Approximately 20 quarters for the staff and about 20 for the menial staff have been provided.
Laboratory Developments : The following Laboratories have been set up newly.
1) P. G. Laboratory in
a) Mechanical Engg. Dept;
b) Structural Engg. Dept;
2) Environmental Engg. laboratory;
3) Soil Mechanics Laboratory;
4) Experimental Stress Analysis Laboratory;
5) Heat-Transfer Laboratory;
6) Control Systems Laboratory;
7) High Voltage Laboratory;
8) Tribology Laboratory;
9) Vibration Laboratory and;
10) Transportation Engg. Laboratory.
11) Power Control Laboratory:
12) Circuit Analysis Laboratory:
13) Theory of Machines Laboratory:
Apart from these additions, most of the old laboratories have been brought up by purchasing the most modern and sophisticated equipments.
The College has entered the computer-age by installing a mini-computer with 32 bytes of storage. The P. G. and U. G. students are taking advantage of this facility.
Faculty Development —
On the academic side also the College has made great achievements. Almost all the teachers in the college including those on the polytechnic wing are postgraduates and sixteen of our sfaff have completed their doctoral studies. So far 64 studunts have completed their P.G. studies and three have completed their Doctoral thesis from the college. The teaching staff of the college has been now divided into :—
i) P. G. Teaching staff.
ii) Degree teaching staff or Engineering college staff; and
iii) Diploma teaching staff or Polytechnic staff.
The faculty from the college is recognized as experts in various management, administrative and, naturally, technical fields.
Experts from the industries visit the college regularly and deliver 'state of art' or 'series' lectures on specialized subjects
Seminars on various technical topics have become a regular feature.
Special short-term courses not only in technical subjects but also in management and behavioural sciences are conducted.
The college has already conducted several Summer / Winter Schools for the members of teaching stalf and industries.
Institution-Industry Interaction —
Quite a bit of liasion between the College staff and the particular field has been established. This is achieved in the following ways —
1. Testing facilities .- The testing facilities in almost all fields are available, as per I. S. I., to the industries. A lot of testing is done in ;—
(i) Pumps, (ii) Electric motors, (iil) Engines, (iv) Concrete, (v) Steel, (vi) Building materials, (vii) Soil Mechanics, (viii) Environmental Engineering, etc.
2) In many cases consultation and design services are also being provided e.g.
i) Foundations ;
ii) Stability testing and modification to dam and other irrigation structures;
iii) Industrial Waste Treatment and Disposal;
iv) Special purpose equipment/component design and manufacture;
v ) Structural design of specialized types of structures;
vi ) Ground — water exploration studies;
vii) Design and estimates for Lift Irrigation Schemes;
viii) Accoustical studies and suggesting remedies or giving designs.