Karkala, Apr 2: The Automotive Learning Factory (ALF) under the department of Mechanical Engineering at NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte was inaugurated on April 1 by N Vinaya Hegde, chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University) and president of Nitte Education Trust.
In his inaugural speech, Hegde expressed his desire for more collaboration between institute and industry such that students can get better industry exposure which will lead to producing industry-ready engineers during the time of their graduation. The main motive of this Learning Factory is to provide hands-on training and skill development to the students such as project-based learning in order to meet the requirements of outcome-based education and current trends in Automotive Engineering. Currently, this factory houses an operational Ashok Leyland chassis (222 Viking BS4 – Selective Catalytic Reactor (SCR)) and a variety of automotive components. Another attractive feature is a BMW Twin Power Turbo Engine with 8 Speed Steptronic transmission sponsored by BMW India under BMW SkillNxt programme for student training purpose.
Vishal Hegde, pro-chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Dr M S Moodithaya, pro vice-chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Rajendra (director, Finance & Planning, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Harikrishna Bhat (former president, HCL Ltd, Japan), Dr Niranjan N Chiplunkar, principal, vice principals Dr I R Mithanthaya and Dr Shrinivasa Rao B R, Dr. Parameswaran, director, Institute Industry Interaction and professors of the department were present during this ceremony.
Dr Shashikantha Karinka, HOD, department of Mechanical Engineering welcomed the gathering, Grynal D’Mello, assistant professor and coordinator of this factory presented the overview about the working of this factory and how it will be beneficial to the students of NMAMIT, as well as to the neighbouring institutions. Rashmi P Shetty compered the programme and Krishnaprasad rendered the vote of thanks.
As a part of Active Learning, a mini project exhibition was also organised during this occasion where students fabricated and presented the working models of automobile subsystems.