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(Centre for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
Unleashing the vast potential of human resources in Tier –II cities by creating and supporting entrepreneurship can reshape the socio-economic landscape of the Nations. BVB has taken initiation to setup ‘Center for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ (BVB-CTIE), to drive, promote and support entrepreneurial community in the region.
Centre for Engineering Education Research (CEER)
Academic Autonomy granted to BVBCET in 2007 offered an opportunity to innovate and excel in Engineering Education. This also came with the responsibility of performing to the expectations of all the stake holders including the regulatory bodies. It was at this time that the leadership of the system invested in collaborations to elevate itself to the next level of performance.
The first such collaboration which gave the sound foundation was with Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE). The faculty leadership institutes (FLIs) organised by IUCEE in 2008 and 2009 gave the exposure to global best practices of Engineering Education leading to sprouting of innovations in teaching –learning space showing visible results.
It is essential that the institute continues to strengthen its association with the industries to enhance its student learning experience and relevance of its research activities.
Engineering Problem Solving and Design Experience
To solve complex engineering problems and develop solutions for real life situations, student needs to understand and practice engineering design process. To strengthen the design skills, the college has introduced ‘Engineering Design’ course across the major engineering programs.
The course deals with problem solving approach to real life challenges that are generally ill-structured and open ended. It emphasizes on the creative problem solving, using structured approach.
The student experiences in the course include: aspects of understanding the customer requirements, identifying the objectives, constraints, defining the problem, establishing the functions, generating alternate solutions to the problem, choosing the best alternative, modeling, analyzing and simulating, building prototype, testing and documenting.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
This is an initiative to promote culture of innovation and research in undergraduate students by introducing ‘Research Experience for Undergraduates’ course. The course first of its kind in India, has created a lot of excitement in the students who want to pursue research as their career and has lead to substantial increase in the paper publications by students.
Introducing ‘Calculus Reform Movement’ in Engineering
Understanding the difficulty students face in appreciating mathematics and mathematics related courses, lead the initiative to bring about reforms in mathematics teaching on the lines of ‘ Calculus reform movement’ of Harvard University consortium. The pedagogy of mathematics teaching in the college follows rule of four i.e. every topic is dealt not only symbolically and numerically but also visually and contextually. Digital tablets with appropriate software help every student in visualising and contextualising mathematical concepts.
A course on ‘ Social Innovation has been conceptualized and offered to the students of first year undergraduate engineering. The course was designed in association with ‘ Deshpande Foundation’ with following objectives
a. To build students’ capacity to use problem solving skills to address social issues through innovative solutions.
b. To transform students' perspective on the world around them by enabling them to identify areas ripe for innovation.
The course successfully implemented from last four years is first of its kind in India. Every year, over 200 projects in social space are done by First year undergraduate engineering students, which help them to connect with societal issues.
Emphasis on Experiential Learning
Curriculum design puts high emphasis on experiential learning by introducing Course projects, Mini-Projects, and Industry Internships. Mini-projects vertically integrated with each of the curriculum threads of the program, are carried out by the students in the pre-final year and provide an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in a set of courses belonging to the curriculum thread to solve complex engineering problems.
Introduction of mini-projects also provides sufficient resolution to directly assess student learning outcomes in each of the curriculum threads. As these projects are carried out in teams, students are able to develop and demonstrate several professional competencies that are critical for engineering practice.
Innovations in teaching learning processes
Keeping in mind lack of focus on education research, the college started Centre for Engineering Education Research (CEER) with an objective of bringing out innovations in curriculum frameworks, pedagogy and assessment. The centre inspired by Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) has enabled the college to adopt Outcome Based Education Framework (OBE) and carry out many innovations in teaching learning practices and assessment. The centre also undertakes outreach activities and has trained over 1000 faculty of other engineering colleges. A group of faculty headed by Principal is recognised by ‘International Institute for Developing Engineering Academics (IIDEA)’, USA as OBE trainers. (only group recognised in India) .
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