Structuring Reforms

The mechanical engineering department has undergone intensive reforms for optimizing it’s functioning, making the best possible utilization of its equipments and complying with the objectives of the department.

For the smooth functioning of the department, changes have been made in the framework and structural level keeping long term perspectives in the back of the mind. The department has been divided into three divisions for the ease of management with the faculty members allotted various sub-divisions. The divisions are ‘Machine Design and Analysis’ comprising of Robotics and Mechatronics; ‘Thermal Engineering’ comprising of Refrigeration and Cryogenics and Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer and ‘Production Engineering’ comprising of Manufacturing Science, Industrial Engineering and Composite Materials and Surface Engineering. This shall enable better coordination between the various divisions and faculty members.

The details regarding the department’s equipments, such as the facilities provided, number of equipments, status of the equipments and their functioning, are not updated on the website. This makes requisition for the equipments difficult as oblivion regarding their existence persists. The authorities have come up with a solution to wipe out this ambiguity and make the optimum use of their equipments. A logbook shall be maintained to keep a track of the equipments. It shall contain the following information: Name of the equipment/ machine, Location, Professor-in-charge, Name of the Technical Assistant, Date of Procurement and Installation, Stock Register Reference, Cost of the Equipment, Source of Funding and the Facilities available with the equipment. This detailed transparency is vital to ensure that the equipments are available at the time of requirement and also helps to deal with maintenance issues.   

Many sponsored projects have been undertaken by the professors of the department. Prof. Suman Ghosh has got the approval to do a project on ‘Comprehensive investigation of flow structure of counter current gas liquid and liquid two phase flow’. Spanning duration of three years, the project’s estimated cost is Rs. 29 lacs and is being funded by SERB and DST. There are seven more projects that are lined up and are yet to get approved. In the field of consultancy and testing, Prof. SS Mahapatra shall be working on ‘Design and development mould by RP route’. The funding agency is IFGL Refractories Limited and spans a period of three months.