Mr Manoj K Gopaliya and Mr Satnam Singh, Dept of Mechanical Engineering were on externship in Federal Mogul, Bhiwadi Plant from 1–2 Dec 2017. This plant is manufacturing valve seats and guides for car engines and exports to automobile giants such as Maruti and Ford. Faculty members got an opportunity to see their world class manufacturing facility for various components and advance manufacturing process such as sintering.
During the interaction with the HR Manager, the team requested him to conduct pre-placement interviews for NCU’s pre-final year students and to engage some students on live industrial projects. This request was accepted and the Dept of ME is looking forward to a more fruitful engagement with the industry in the near future.
Mr B K Bhayana, DGM-Marketing, Delta Electronics India Pvt Ltd delivered a guest lecture on ‘Mechatronics and Robotics for Industrial processes’ to BTech Final year Mechanical Engineering students studying ‘Mechatronics & Robotics (MEL459)’ on 30 Oct 2017. Mr Bhayana discussed the importance of integration of different core discipline systems into multidisciplinary systems and cited many real life industry examples and case studies of synergistic approach of different systems to solve problems.
He also shared his vast experience in the field of variable speed drives. As a requirement of skills in designing of new Mechatronics systems for automation and increasing applications of robotics in industries, Mr Bhayana exhorted students to enhance their skills in this field. The session was very informative and interactive.
Students Shringa Vatas, Dept of CSE and Anushree Mishra, Dept of CEE attended the 7th Annual Conference of ASQ on the theme ‘Glocal Challenges: Excellence through Quality & Innovation’ (GLocal-Global Challenges and Local Issues) held from 18-19 November 2017 at Nirma University, Ahmedabad. Sharing her experience at the conference, Anushree Mishra said, ”For a student like me it was a tremendous exposure to meet industrialists and fellow students from other universities on a common platform.
It was great to meet and interact with eminent industrialists from Ford, Bosch Rexroth, Reliance India Pvt. Ltd., Havmor, HDFC Bank, ASQ, Seven steps and many more. The theme of the conference was highly relatable and it emphasized on how the future or the next generation is instrumental in placing India on a global level with the help of tools and techniques that prove efficient at the local level”.
To provide in depth understanding about pedagogy of research and teaching in the domain of Law, the Centre for Post-Graduate Legal Studies at NCU’s School of Law (SOL) organized a Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on ‘Legal Research and Teaching Methodologies in Contemporary Era’ from 5-9 June 2017. The aim of the FDP was to provide better understanding about various methods of research and to create awareness about the role of legal research in the development of law.
Prof. (Dr) Furqan Ahmad, Indian Law Institute, Delhi chaired the first session of the FDP and spoke on ‘Effective Pedagogical Tools in Legal Education’ on 5 June 2017.
In the 2nd session Dr Kanu Priya, Head, SOL stressed upon the importance of Bloom’s Taxonomy to better understand a students’ level of understanding and accordingly the syllabi should be framed.
Ms Prema Iyer delivered a guest lecture on ‘Mentoring as a technique for effective teaching’ on 6 June 2017. She spoke about various issues such as student counselling, faculty counselling and how it can be effective in improving teaching and student receptiveness.
Prof.(Dr) M. Afzal Wani chaired a session on Research Methodology with special reference to Empirical Research on 7 June 2017.
Dr Keerti Jain conducted a training session on ‘Statistical Package for the Social Sciences’ (SPSS) which can be used in Empirical Research relating to socio-legal studies in the field of Law on 8 June 2017.
Cyber Security Expert, Capt. AK Kataria delivered an expert talk on the topic ‘Cyber Security and Recent Issues’ on 9 June 2017.
He discussed about issues relating to cyber security, current trends in the field of cyber security, possible cyber threats and their solutions.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Govt. of India, has approved the installation of an ‘Automatic Weathering Station’ (AWS) on The NorthCap University Campus, Gurugram. AWS is an automated type of weathering station which records real time data about weathering parameters like rainfall, humidity, sea level pressure, wind speed, wind direction, insulation, maximum and minimum temperature. Prof. Pramila Goyal, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, NCU says, “There is a deficit in real time weathering data collection in India, and the data obtained from AWS will be very useful for effectively monitoring and recording weathering parameters for research works related to environment assessment for BTech, MTech, and PhD students. Rainfall data obtained from the AWS will also be useful for regional farmers.”
The process of installation of AWS in NCU has already begun. Mr Sanjeev Tyagi, IMD visited NCU campus on 12 May 2017 and investigated a number of suitable sites for installation of AWS and has proposed a suitable site in the workshop area. Mr Sanjeev Tyagi says, “Govt. of India is focused on transition of weathering stations from manual to automatic due to its high range applicability. Currently there are only 675 AWS installed in India and nearly every district in India has been installed with an AWS.” He has affirmed that AWS equipment is likely to be installed at NCU within four to five months. Mr Tyagi also explained to the faculties of the Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering the detailed methodology of processing data parameters obtained from AWS. The general public can also access the data from any AWS station in India through the IMD website.
It is a well-known fact that air quality of Gurugram is a matter of serious concern. The need of the hour is to have effective environmental policies for which reliable meteorological data is required. To enhance the assessment of air quality, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering discussed the need and scope of installing an ‘Air Quality Monitoring’ equipment at NCU, Gurugram.
School of Management organized a guest lecture on ‘Management Ideas: to Attain a Competitive Edge’ by Prof. Andrew Sturdy, Head-Department of Management, University of Bristol, UK on 3May 2017. The session started with an address by Prof. R Narasimhan, Dean, SOM. Subsequently, Professor Sturdy, in his lecture, provided insights into the adoption and use of ideas. He discussed as to how management is akin to fashion with changing preferences, why managers adopt new ideas and emphasized the role of strategy in selling new ideas. He also discussed about the generation of innovative ideas in an organization and shared several industry relevant examples. It was a learning and interactive session where students discussed many issues during the QA session. The session concluded with a vote of thanks given by Dr Sushmita B Waraich, Head, School of Management. The session was coordinated by Dr Saumya Dixit, along with student coordinators of BBA 4th Sem.
Prof.R Singh (Honorary Distinguished Professor, The NorthCap University Academy Professor, Dept of Mechanical & Aero Engineering and OSU Emeritus Academy Director, NSF Smart Vehicle Concepts Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA) visited NCU on 9 May 2017 to conduct a Faculty Development Programme on research, funding and publications, in Mechanical Engineering Department. The FDP was attended by 18 faculty members and research scholars. Prof. Singh interacted with the Pro VC and ended the mentorship programme with interaction with the Pro-Chancellor.
He engaged faculty members with exhaustive discussion on varied topics like, origins of research problems, formulation of research problems, resources or funding needed for research activities, scholarly publications and research credentials, elements of publications, independent work vs. collaborative, team oriented research, publication ethics. Prof. Singh gave significant guidance to pursue research and gain recognition. He discussed about innovation paradigms with mechanism to generate a highly skilled workforce for tomorrow. He also shared upcoming R&D topics for vehicle trends and needs along with role of academic research from students, faculty, industry/government perspective. He shared common academic research examples which were highly appreciated specially by the faculty members who are planning to register for the PhD programme. Prof. Singh visited the labs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he gave valuable inputs like modification in approach to conduct practical in the collaborative manner where a practical would need knowledge of more than one course to be performed.