Shaikh Jamaluddin | NT
Goan engineering students had host of exciting innovations on display during a project presentation at the directorate of technical education (DTE), Porvorim, on November 3.Students came up with practical solutions for improving quality of living to residents and handy equipment for industry. The devices ranged from health to security and from traffic management to patient monitoring systems, etc.
One group developed an automatic traffic control system to ease traffic congestions. The device uses image processing techniques and can also detect emergency vehicles. Another group presented the ‘intelligent parking system’ that works on wireless and is apt for future smart city. The device collects parking fee and is aims at making parking hassle free.
To meet the tourism industry’s requirement for an efficient billing system there was the ‘Smart Tablet.’ Another appliance digitalized the traffic. It can be fitted on a vehicle to monitor the speed.
For the electricity department, there was the ‘Smart Billing’ device that will keep sending periodical readings to consumers and in case of non-payment of the bills it can even disconnect the power supply. The device could bring transparency in the billing mechanism of the electricity department and if developed further it can even work on solar and wind energy.
A cashew apple juice extracting machine demonstrated efficient extraction of juice from pulp while another device separated the cashew nuts by quality, graded them and segregated the produce. Students also developed a laterite stone dressing machine for the construction industry. The machine is economically viable and time saving.
A spray painting machine for high rise buildings was also on show along with a beach cleaning machine that can be fitted to the vehicle of the life-guard. The machine is designed to clean beaches easily and works on vacuum cleaner system. There were gadgets for hand writing recognition, automatic lighting control, smart ‘Hawk Eye System’ and a finger print base voting machine designed to avoid rigging. Besides, five teams developed unique wheel chairs.
Urging students to avoid ego, the chief guest, Goa Public Service Commission, chairman, Jose Manuel Noronha, asked students to listen to suggestions from even the most ordinary persons. He told the students to keep an open mind and absorb information because ideas and nuggets of information are from the most unexpected sources. His advice to future engineers, “build products that are resilient, give consistent performance and are appealing to the senses. In the new age looks are also important.”
The GCCI education committee together with the DTE organized the presentations of project works of final year students of five engineering colleges. Altogether 41 projects from 120 were shortlisted for display. The projects are conceptual frameworks, plans or ideas that can be effectively put into practice. On March 1 2017, the first such presentation was held at the DTE. “The response to it from local industry was very encouraging and we were able to garner support by way of direct funding, mentoring, advice on raising funds, use of laboratories, counseling on project improvement,” pointed out GCCI.
Raghuvir Vernekar, chairman, GCCI education committee, lauded student’s efforts for designing exceptional wheelchairs. Vivek Kamat, director, DTE, said, “The idea behind organising the event is to present project philosophy. He said that, engineering education is becoming learning based and undergoing transformation but marred by constraints like lack of finance, industry support.”
“Students need inspiration and motivation in putting forth their ideas along with financial help and sound backing from industry,” stated Dr Meena, Don Bosco Engineering College. Raees Anjum , Princess India & Co, suggested an apparatus for eradication of bed bugs and termites, while Greg Acuna, chief executive officer, Planet Earthings stated that the biggest need is of “more innovations.”
Director General , GCCI, R S Kamat and deputy director Pallavi Arondekar extended valuable support with BNI and NIPM.