Niharika Dalai | Jan 15, 2018

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The Department of Electrical Engineering which has always believed in shaping the potential of its students has accomplished great success in giving proper direction to the meticulous effort of its students for pursuing research work. The department has recently done appreciable works in research projects as there has been a significant increase in the number and quality of research publications.

In electrical engineering, the publications in the prestigious IEEE and IEE are considered to be the best works and recently the number of publications in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory has gone up. The PhD students are now doing most of their thesis work through simulations as well as through hardware experiments which have been appreciated by the external examiners. The students of this department are doing all experiments in the cutting edge of technology by considering the recent area of interest of the research community in order to keep in pace with the technology in the respective areas. The achievements of the PhD students in research works include the POSOCO power system award, the best paper award in IEEE TENCON and commonwealth fellowship to some students in the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in the recent past. Many fellow researchers have also represented in international conferences to present their papers and few of them have received the best paper award in the said conferences.

The research environment of the department is very active and motivating as the researchers are supported by many funding agencies like DST, ISRO, and CPRI etc. The research projects in the institute are primarily on solar photovoltaic control, wind power control, active power filtering, control of induction motor drives, image processing for health care issues, converter and inverter designs, power system control particularly wide area control and damping of low frequency oscillations, control of underwater vehicle, control of time delay systems etc.

The department has received grants from DST solar energy research initiative project, DST-FIST, MHRD through NPIU to establish a centre for renewable energy systems, DST for Indo-Russia collaborating research program.The department has collaborations with Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia with 3 projects which includes 2 DST-RFBR projects and 1 DST-RMES project. Apart from that, the department has finished DST-UKIERI project that is DST British council support with the Queen Mary University of London. There were also exchange programs with the University of Plymouth, the UK under Royal Academy of Engineering for Newton fellowship where the research focus was on control of an underwater vehicle. There are also collaborations with DST-Taiwan, DST-Poland, BRFST for Tokamak process control, RnD organization NSTL, Visakhapatnam through NRB project (DRDO Project) and BRNS project through IPR, Ahmedabad.

There are several short-term courses and conferences being conducted for 1-2 weeks by the department under continuing education program where students from other engineering colleges and people from industries are invited to participate.

Speaking about the major changes in the department, Prof. Bidyadhar Subudhi says:

There are several changes in the department with the first including change in space and infrastructure of the building. Recently we have revised the curriculum where the number of credits is reduced to give students the scope for self-learning and therefore creativity of students are expected to go up. In the recent years, most of our classrooms have been equipped with LCD projectors so content delivery becomes more effective. Moreover, we are using the Moodle servers to upload our courses as a result course delivery, course notes, and teacher-student interaction becomes more efficient than the past years.





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