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Title of the Practice

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        TECH DAY IN-HOUSE PROJECT DISPLAY

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Objectives of the Practice

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  • Students will be able to apply the knowledge acquired through curriculum based education to work on a project useful to the society
  • Students will be able to refer published literature over and above the course work and apply the concept to design and develop a product by working on a project.
  • Students will be able to work in a team of the same discipline and/or interdiscipline areas and develop group dynamics.
  • Students will be able to think and apply innovative ideas in visualising and working on a project which exposes the creativity among them.
  • Students will be able to work in a competitive environment which will help them to acquire self-confidence.
  • To recognise the competitiveness and quality of projects through awards/prizes which motivates all the studentsto participate in the project contest.

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Context

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The institution provides a platform to show case the talents and skills of all the students so that the basic knowledge gained through regular course work(both theory and laboratory practice) along with an innovative mind will improve the placement potential of the students especially in core industries. Although the main context is placement, this practice can also promote entrepreneurship among the students. The challenging issue in designing and implementing this practice is allocation of project guides specialised in certain areas. Another challenging issue is to arrange total participation of students in this practice as the students have to spend money for the project which is not a part of the curriculum.

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The Practice

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  • The uniqueness of the practice – all the students from second year to final year B.E. participate in the contest with teams chosen by themselves irrespective of year of study and discipline (programme/branch of study). Further, this practice is carried out in the odd semester and also in the even semester independently. First year B.E students participate in this practice during the even semester.
  • The project teams are chosen by the students themselves with a team size of maximum four members drawn from second, third and final year of the same discipline or interdiscipline. The majority of the teams are from the same discipline but may be from the same year or different year of study.
  • Head of the department allocates the guide depending upon their specialisation and expertise to supervise the project chosen by the students.
  • The project teams present the title of Project and a brief Abstract to the HoD.
  • The project teams work after regular working hours upto 6.30 PM and at home/hostel.
  • The project(product) demonstration is given to the HoD by the teams before completion.
  • The project(product)is displayed and report presented by the student teams on Engineer’s Day(Tech day) during odd semester. Projects(products)conceived and completed during even semester by the students are presented on a day notified by the authorities.
  • During both semesters, Judges for each discipline from Industry/ Alumni depending upon their specialisation, inspect and evaluate the projects in each department based on innovation, concept and societal value and declare the prize winners 1,2,3 for each department.
  • During the even semester, the Judges after finalisation of winners 1,2,3 from each department, inspect jointly the prize winning projects and declare the overall prize winners 1,2 and 3.
  • Cash prizes of Rs.5000/-, Rs.3000/- and Rs.2000/- are awarded to prize winners 1,2,3 from each department during the odd semester.
  • Overall prize winners are taken for a trip to Malaysia and the other prize winners to Bangalore on flight Journey , fully sponsored by the institution, during the even semester.

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Evidence of success

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  • Some of the projects are taken up for regular final year project works as a part of the curriculum.
  • Patents are filed for some of the selected projects(products).[ 12 patents filed 12 patents published]
  • Some of the project works gave scope for placement in Industries. Placement in core industries have improved.
  • Students could participate in project competitions conducted by leading Institutions/Industries.
  • The students have participated in Texas InstrumentsInnovation Challenge (IICDC), Webench, DrishTI and MSP430 contests at all India level during 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 and won prizes/awards.
  • They have participated in Mitsubishi Electric Cup during 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 and won prizes/awards.
  • The students have participated in FAER(Foundation of Advanced Education and Research) scholarship award 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 and won prizes/awards.
  • They have participated in Tamilnadu Science city award conducted by TN Government and won prizes.
  • Two students have participated in Quest Global Ltd project contest and won prizes as well as placement in the company.

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Problems encountered and Resources required

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The problems encountered in organising Tech Day Project display are (a) time management by the students for doing Tech Day Project in addition to time spent on regular academic programme (b) some Projects not giving expected results/output (c) some students not able to present well through the project work may be good (d) Absence of students (10 to 15 %) during project presentation (e) lack of concentration by students in regular academics.

The resources required for organising Tech Day Project display i.e space, computers, work benches, electric power including back-up generator etc… are available in the institution.

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Notes(optional)

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The Tech Day project scheme envisaged by the institution is aimed to enrich the knowledge of students irrespective of year of study and promote innovation. It is recommended that the affiliating University (Anna University) places this subject in the Board of Studies of various programmes and include this practice in the curriculum so as to promote innovation leading to product development.