Department Profile

    Ever since the inception of the Department of Mechanical Engineering during 1995-96, the mission of the Department has been to provide sound technical knowledge and research facilities to students. The Department has crowned itself with the glory by achieving remarkable success in academic, co-curricular and research activities. The Department has been keeping abreast of the latest advancement by providing sophisticated modern equipments in various laboratories and training the students in the latest technologies in the field of Mechanical Engineering.



    The Department offers the 4-year B.E. Degree course in Mechanical Engineering. The syllabi and course structure are as per the guidelines of Anna University. The Course was approved by AICTE with an intake of 60 students in 1995 with affiliation under Madurai Kamaraj University and it was affiliated to Anna University, Chennai in the year 2002. Later it is affiliated to Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli in the year 2007. Now it is affiliated to Anna University-Chennai since 2011.The strength was enhanced to 90 students in the year 2004 and it was increased to 120 students in the year 2006, and it was increased to 180 students in the year 2012. Now the total strength has been increased to 240 students from the year 2013. Department of Mechanical Engineering has approved as Research Centre for Anna University, Tiruchirappalli in the year 2007. The Mechanical Engineering Department has approved as Research Centre for Anna University of Technology, Tirunelveli in the year 2010.


    Department of Mechanical Engineering has a band of well-qualified faculty, technical supporting staff. It has adequate classroom and laboratory facilities for imparting high quality Education to the students. Modern teaching aids like LCD projectors, overhead projectors, charts,models and NPTEL Source are used as teaching aids so that the student can understand the intricacies of the subject. Our Department has an Advisory Committee, comprising of industry professionals and academicians, to periodically review the curriculum, modernization of laboratories and to suggest the areas in which the department must progress. Department of Mechanical Engineering has signed MoU with Industries to enhance industry institute interaction.

GOALS OF THE DEPARTMENT

  • 1.All faculty members are motivated to pursue Ph.D programmes.
  • 2.To start an Industrial estate in the surrounding area so as to improve the economically and educationally backward area and to improve the    technical knowledge of students. To assist nearby industries by offering them suitable consultancy.
  • 3. To improve the students placement by signing MoU with reputed institutions like ISRO & DRDO.
  • 4. To provides 100% placement and graduation for the students.

Administration:

    Efforts are made continually to enhance the efficiency of the administrative procedures to avoid procedural delay. Various duties are delegated to the individual faculty and supporting staff, with the central administrative control resting with the Head of the Department. Lab development is carried out by the respective lab in-charge with the guidance of Head of the department. The monthly attendance statements for students are computerized. All the procurement procedures are maintained properly. Department of Mechanical Engineering is provided with computers to cater the needs of the faculty and students in addition to the well-established CAD/CAM Centre with internet facility.

Faculty and supporting staff:

    There are 48 faculty members in Mechanical Engineering Department among which 8 faculty members are holding doctoral degree, 23 faculty members are pursuing their Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering and 17 members of the faculty holding Post Graduate degrees.
The Department has 8 Professors, 10 Associate professors, and 30 Assistant Professors. The staff members have published 52 papers in International journals and more than 32 papers in National and International conference Proceedings. The staff members are also carrying out consultancy work for industries.

    Each faculty has approximately 22 periods per week as contact hours, which include both theory and laboratory session. Faculty members update their knowledge through their participation in Faculty Development Programmes, Short Term Training programmes, Workshops, Seminars etc. Our department has 18 numbers of qualified supporting staff in their respective trade.

Student Strength:

    The Department has the yearly intake of 180 students. It had an initial intake of 60 in the year 1995, and it was increased to 180 from the year 2012.The year wise student strength is shown in the chart.


Teaching – Learning Environment:

    Students of the department are offered a structured learning technique starting from the very first year. Modern teaching aids like LCD projector, Overhead projector, Models, Charts, and Cut-section models are used in the teaching of Mechanical Engineering subjects. Students carry out experiments in well- equipped laboratories. Experts are frequently invited from outside to expose the students to modern technologies and practices of Mechanical Engineering.

1. All classrooms are well ventilated, illuminated and provided with overhead projectors.
2. The lesson plans and the course files are prepared before the beginning of the Semester.
3. Additional experiments are carried out so that the students get initiated into the recent trends in the respective areas.
4. Students, who are identified to be weak in certain subjects, are given additional inputs through remedial/special classes.
5. Special classes help the students to solve graded problems in analysis-oriented subjects.
6. Value-added courses like CATIA, Pro-E and ANSYS are conducted for the students to enhance their knowledge and also to improve their employment potential.
7. The Department has an exclusive seminar hall for the departmental activities Such as Guest lectures, seminars, and paper presentation competition are conducted in this seminar hall.
8. Visits to industries are arranged to enable the students to get exposed to the machinery and the equipments and to make them grasp important practices prevalent in the industry.
9. Special lectures, expert lectures, and workshops are organized exclusively for the students to help them to gain an insight into topics not covered in the curriculum and also to provide inputs about the practices followed in the industry.
    Nowadays, students need practical exposure in addition to academic background. By having this concept as key factor, we are motivating the students to undergo In Plant Training. Students undergo training in various reputed industries for a period of one or two weeks during vacation. Students collect information pertaining to the company, their products, the manufacturing process, new technologies, the recruitment procedures etc. The reports submitted by the students are evaluated by the faculty. By acquiring this kind of practical knowledge, the students can prepare themselves to face the industrial problems. In future it has been planned to involve external experts for the evaluation of project reports.

Advisory committee:

    The department has an advisory Committee consisting of three practicing professionals from Industry and the senior faculty members of the of the department. The Committee meets regularly to discuss about the curriculum development, emerging fields of research, thrust areas of Industry, and value added courses, teaching and evaluation methodologies and student projects.

Proctorial system:

    Proctorial System has been introduced with 15-20 students allotted to a individual faculty members and hence monitors their progress, achievements, and shortcomings, academic and personal problems.

    The feedback is also obtained from the students and remedial measures are taken. The proctors continue to be with the allotted group of students for the entire period of their stay in the campus. This provides an opportunity to both the students and the faculty to cultivate closer teacher-student relationship and Further strengthen the teaching-learning process. External counselor is also available to counsel students periodically.

Personality development programs for the students

1.“Goal setting” training was given for Lateral Entry students
2.Personality Development Program - Study Abroad Awareness programme was conducted.
3.Feel Employable program
4.Leadership and Personality Development program
5.An Inter collegiate Group Discussion
6.Carrier Guidance Cell
7.Student Social Activities Club
8.Rural Development Activities Club

Industry – Institute Interaction:

    Establishing and maintaining good relation with industries is one of the objectives of our department. Students and faculty are encouraged to do various activities related with industries. Also many nearby industries have availed many of our facilities like lab equipments, staff consultancy etc. Memorandum of Understanding. (MoU) have been signed with seven reputed industries to promote the energy related activities. Industry Institute Interaction helps mainly in the following categories.

1.Students in plant training programme
2.Students project work
3.Faculty consultancy works
4.Student Industrial Visit
5.Student Mini Project

Departmental activities:

    The faculty members are encouraged to carry out research work. The faculty and the students have published quite a number of Research/Technical papers in National and International journals and presented papers at conferences. Further, the students are encouraged to send papers not only to student symposiums but also to National Conferences for which the College provides partial financial assistance in the form of registration fees, travel allowances, etc. Some senior faculty have delivered expert lectures at the other Colleges and organizations. The faculty members are encouraged to undergo faculty development/subject specialization courses in the form of Summer–Winter Schools. They are also encouraged to carry out research, either for obtaining a higher degree or to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in technology.
    Students of the department have bagged University Ranks from the inception of the year. The students have also been awarded prizes in paper presentation competitions and design contests. The Career Guidance Cell of the department with six members of faculty as advisers provides career-oriented counseling to the Final year students. A centrally organized Placement Cell of the College provides placement assistance to the students, with the members drawn from the different departments. The department also provides pre-placement training to the students. The Mechanical Engineering Association (MECHASSO) provides a platform for the students to get adequate exposure to modern Mechanical Engineering Technologies. The students also get an opportunity to display their organizational and managerial skills. There are adequate facilities for pursuing extra curricular activities like National Service Scheme, Sports & Games, and Annual College Festivals.