Since most of the modern state of art Industries in the world have changed very rapidly from a pure Mechanical, Manufacturing or Process controlled to the type of Industries where the process are more of electro-mechanical, fully automated and controlled by computers. This has become the requirement for people working on those process and production lines to have knowledge of all the related systems. The College of EME realizing this disparity between industrial requirements and the lack of knowledge to its graduate who are looking forward to join this stream, ventured into introducing Mechatronics Engineering from Sept 1998 at the undergraduate level. The cardinal objectives of Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering programme are as under:-
a. It should enable the student to pursue a rigorous postgraduate programme in Mechatronics Engineering.
b. Make the student marketable to the local industry and government.
c. Provide technical confidence and financial guidance needed to start a small-scale industry to graduates interested in self-employment.
The first four semesters of the undergraduate curriculum in all the disciplines focus primarily on the development of the fundamental tools that are essential for every engineering major. These include mathematics, basic sciences, computers and practical skills. The mathematics and science curriculum strives to provide a strong foundation, which will allow the students to cope with the basic mathematical and physical concepts of engineering education, including postgraduate level engineering courses. The computer curriculum aims at developing a high degree of proficiency in solving mathematics, science, and engineering problems using computers. Practical skills such as machining and electrical workshop practice are a vital component of engineering education for they are needed to translate ideas and design into physical reality.
Formal course work in the next six semesters includes a study of the various sub- fields of respective engineering curricula, and in-depth courses in Mechanical, Electrical and Mechatronics fields. Wherever possible, design has been supplemented with practice. The undergraduate programme has a strong component of analysis, which lends the student to understand the equally strong component of design. The curriculum also includes courses that enable the student to estimate financial resources for the implementation of a project besides gaining some idea about marketing of a product.
The summer semester is a regular feature at this College during which students make up their academic deficiencies. The senior students do internship with reputed public and private sector enterprises. This internship exposes them to the production and management policies being implemented in these organizations. It also allows the students to gain practical experience in their own field of engineering discipline and also provides avenues for employment to the students in the organizations where they carry out this training.
The last two semesters are for project along with a few subjects in the final semester. During these semesters the students are given the opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge and the practical experience gained by them in the workshops during studies to design and to fabricate the projects assigned to them by their supervisors. Projects developed in collaboration with industry make the student more marketable and address industry's needs at the same time. It is envisaged that the students may even design projects in consultation with local businesses and industry to facilitate growth of a new manufacturing industry.
The students are trained in the latest concepts of modern technology through extensive use of computers and advanced software packages. Textbooks are kept under constant review to ensure that the students remain abreast of the modern developments in theory and practice of engineering.