Excelling In the Road Not Taken
Aug 07, 2017 | Mrinal Chaudhury
The Department of Industrial Design, despite being relatively new in the Engineering Scenario of India, has grown immensely popular due to its value observed in the growth of this field. Despite being argued as being subjective in appeal to students, it is on the way to becoming one of the most in-demand professions. NIT Rourkela displayed rare foresight when it opened this branch some years ago. In this issue, we bring you the Interesting summer Internship experiences of 5 stallions of this demanding branch.
1.Describe your mode of Application for the Internship & the project/experience/work you were assigned.
Mode of Application: I was an intern at IIT Guwahati (IIT-G) under Dr. Urmi Ravindra Salve of the department of Design. While IIT-G releases a form every year for students to apply for internship, it isn't necessarily the only way to avail the same. You can simply mail the professors of any department and if they accept your proposal, then you bag an unpaid internship.
My project was regarding the ‘Development Of Jewellery Making Tools Used By Jewellery Workers In India’. I had to meet some jewellery workers personally at their work and enquire about their conditions and the tools they use and the problems they faced, based upon which I was to design a newer tool which would be better than the previous one on several fronts and would be cost effective too.
Mode of Application: I did my internship at IIT-Guwahati under Dr. D. Udaya Kumar of the Department of Design, who is the designer of Indian Rupee Symbol (₹). I sent him an e-mail in January this year, regarding my interest to work under him and a project proposal along with my portfolio, which he approved in March. It was an unpaid internship.
My work in the first month was completely research-based. I was asked to read different books related to graphic design in the institute library and keep pictures and write small descriptions of the designs that I liked in those books. Later my guide used to discuss about the design principles that were followed or violated in those designs with me. In the second month, using the study that I did in the first month, I made an interface of a website about design education in India.
Partha Sarathi Minz:
Mode of Application: Campus selection
I was teamed up with my fellow intern Pratik Padhi for ‘Standardization And Vaulting Of Drawings Of Screen Product’.
There we had to collect product drawings of each year, find the specification of the product from the drawing and put it in the inventory according to classification. We were being told about various product and process of the company before classifying the products. The job seemed monotonous in certain aspects.
Mode of Application: Personal Contact.
An aptitude and a technical test were further taken by the concerned authorities, only after passing it, I was selected as an intern.
I was assigned 2 projects. One was regarding the ‘Visual Management Of A Shop Floor’ and the other was the implementation of Just-In-Time production system in one of the production lines. This was a whole new concept for me and it was extremely interesting to learn and apply. The factory is one of the best in Asia and is based on the theme of manufacturing happiness. Due to the environment friendly measures in it such as the Bigfoot Technology, Oxygen walls, it is also known as the Garden Factory. Thus this internship was very informative and exciting as I got to know not only about new waste elimination techniques but also contemporary and environment friendly ways in which a plant can be designed.
Mode of Application: Campus Selection
The topic of my project was ‘Standardization And Vaulting Of Drawing Of Screen Products”. The project required us to study, standardize and vault the Auto-CAD drawings of the company’s products, which was successfully accomplished. Standardization directly leads to cost optimization, reduces inventory memory and operational time, ultimately aiding the company’s efforts in profit making. The aforementioned project was undertaken by me along with another intern.
2.What are your previous achievements and involvements?
Ankit Acharya: I worked under 3 clubs actively namely ASME, Cinematics and SPAWN, predominantly in ASME as I was the treasurer as well as the Team Manager of Team Zon ( For Electric Solar Vehicle Challenge). Under Cinematics, I had assisted in the making of quite some videos and had even made a video with a team of my own based on "Child Labour".
Arnav Tripathy: I have worked for only one club, Design Tab, since my 2nd year, and now I am the President of the club. I have worked as the Creative Team Head in INNOVISION-2017, as a Central Coordinator for design in ISM-2016 and as a Graphic Designer for the event Urban Crusade in NIRUTSAV-2017. Also I had won an online graphic design contest organized by PUMA Company in association with Internshala.
Partha Sarathi Minz: Previous summer was indulged in research projects under Professor J.P Jena of Industrial Design Department, in the field of thermo-acoustic and under-water acoustic. Before that, I had done a professional course in CATIA. I am also a part of Design Tab and had also participated in E-fest HPVC 2017. My interests are 3D modelling, animation and coding.
Aditya Kansal: My previous experience was a one-month internship at Asahi India Glass Ltd. which is located in Roorkee, Uttarakhand.This was basically a ‘get-to-know’ kind of internship experience in which for the first time I saw Japanese methodologies implemented in a production line. I gained a detailed exposure on the manufacturing of automotive glass during this. At NIT Rourkela, I have been the Captain of Team ZON of ASME which manufactures an electric solar vehicle.
Pratik Padhi: I have received prize for academic excellence for the session 2014-15 as well as 2015-16. On the extra-curricular front, I have been the Vice-Captain of Team Bluestreak of ASME NIT Rourkela Chapter which manufactures Human Powered Vehicle for ASME E-FEST. I have also been actively engaged in quizzing and have an aptitude for Graphic Design. My other interests include painting, football and swimming.
3.Industrial Design(ID) as a course is offered in a few Institutes in India. What did you observe in the atmosphere of the Industry/Institute that you would like NITR to adopt?
Ankit Acharya: ID is drastically different in other institutes like IIT Bombay and IIT Guwahati in comparison to what it is in our institute. Our ID course is related to that of Mechanical but this isn’t the case in other institutes where the focus is completely on designing. Placements of Design students in IIT-Bombay and IIT-G are better as compared to our institute.
Arnav Tripathy: The atmosphere at the Design Department of IIT-G is as charming and adorable as the institute itself and is very different in comparison to what we have at NIT-R. The students get admission through UCEED, not JEE-Main. While we read many mechanical-based subjects, the curriculum of IIT-G completely focuses on design and the lab facilities of the institute are very good.
Partha Sarathi Minz : Industrial design as a department has a basic image as perceived by most of the company or people in common, but NITR fails to own it. It is a sub-branch of mechanical stream, which is true, but that’s only portrayed by our institute. To gain individuality and more skill related to industrial management, product design and software development can be added.
Aditya Kansal: What I felt during this internship was that digitization and automation are being adopted at a very fast pace in this sector. So, if the Institute could lay more focus on these topics such as IOT, Automation Planning and languages such as R, it would definitely help a lot.
Pratik Padhi: You cannot run a successful organization if you don’t have employees who are driven by passion, which is tough to identify. The passion thing is a two way street. We need passionate professors as well as students. Talking about the work culture at Tega, it was just like any other corporate office. The employees were very friendly and helpful. It won’t take you long to get acquainted with the work environment.
4.What are your plans for and the expectations from the crucial final year?
Ankit Acharya: I am not into clubs this year at all as I want to focus on my placements and my projects along with pursuing my hobbies like maintaining a movie related blog.
Arnav Tripathy: This year, though I am going to sit for some UI / UX jobs in the campus placements, though my main focus will be on preparing for CEED exam in order to pursue higher studies.
Partha Sarathi Minz: In the final year, I am looking forward to get a job in product development or core sector during this year’s placement season, majorly to gain professional field experience. Then I would like to go for post-graduation, MBA most probably. Of course I have lined up a great project for final year B.Tech project, which would help me develop certain skills and upgrade my portfolio, so I am bracing up with anxiety for the final year of my graduation.
Aditya Kansal: Regarding expectations, nothing is expected from the institute except a decent job and considerate professors.
Pratik Padhi: The question has been rightly framed as the crucial final year. Yes, it is crucial both in terms of career building and living my final college days to the maximum. Like any other final year student, a decent salaried job is all I seek at the moment. I would like to work in the industry for gaining an insight experience for a period of two or three years before pursuing my higher education in business management. The past three years have been a period of self-exploration. Now I have developed a clear idea about what I want and what I don’t.