The Relentlessly Striving Electronics Department
| Jul 27, 2015
The Electronics Department of NITR is flying high, flaunting the escalating number of enrollments for PhD courses, as well as the introduction of four post graduate specialization courses- VLSI and Embedded systems, Electronic Communication and Instrumentation, Communication and Networks, and Signal and Image processing.
The academic year of 2015-16 for the department started off early in May, as two short-term summer courses were offered on VLSI design and Cadtools, from 18th May to 12th June 2015, and Design and Simulation of Antennas and Microwave Devices, from 3rd to 10thJune 2015.
VLSI design and Cadtools course was organized by Prof. D. P. Acharya of the electronics department and Prof. B. D. Sahoo of the computer science and engineering department, over a span of twenty days, and well balanced with three hours of theory and lab classes each. Ranging from B.Tech to Post Graduation students of institutes such as NIT Surat, NIT Raipur and NIT Agartala attended this course and were taught to work with Tanner tools, Synopsys, Cadence, and Xilinx.
The short term course on Design and Simulation of Antennas and Microwave Devices was successfully coordinated by Prof. S. K. Behera, and co-coordinated by Prof. S. Maiti, with speakers like Prof. S. S. Pattnaik (Vice Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology), Prof. R. K. Mishra (HOD of Electronic Science department, Berhampur University) and Dr. (Mrs.) Runa Kumari (Assistant Prof., BITS Hyderabad) addressing the attendants. This course saw 25 plus participants, predominantly PG students, Research Scholars and faculty members of different institutes.
The department has not only strengthened itself on the academic front, but also expanding its R&D horizon. It received a grant of Rs. 1.5 Crores from Department of Electronic Science and Information Technology (DEITY) for the Special Manpower Development Program for chip to system development.
The HOD of the department Prof. K. K. Mahapatra and Prof. Ayaskanta Swain are also working as the chief investigator and co-chief investigator respectively, on a Sign Language Interpreter. They aim to develop this smart digital device with a camera and speakers fit into it, to aid the deaf and dumb to communicate without the hindrance of depending on a human sign language interpreter.
With the vision of reaching an aspired pinnacle, the department looks forward to add to the number of open electives offered and also hopes to see more faculty members joining in the near future.