Coimbatore Defence Conclave – 2022  

To strengthen the defence ecosystem in Coimbatore, Kumaraguru Institutions conducted Coimbatore Defence Conclave – 2022 on 27 July 2022 at the Swami Vivekananda Seminar Hall, Kumaraguru Campus. The event was planned on the 7th Memorial Day of the former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on the theme Defence Indigenisation Requirements, Opportunities and Industry Capabilities.   

A new M.Tech Post Graduate Programme on Defence Technology was launched on the same day besides the Coimbatore regional centre of the Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT).  Dr. S. Christopher, Chairman of AIDAT & Ex-Chairman of DRDO, Dr. S. Venugopal, Former Director, Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and Mr. B. Krishnamoorthy, IOFS, Additional Secretary & Project Director, TIDCO and many renowned speakers from Defence Services, DPSUs and Defence Industries highlighted the indigenisation requirements of Defence Services, DRDO and DPSUs, infrastructure requirements for industries to innovate, develop and test the products needed for the defence and outlined a viable road map towards achieving National Mission on Self-Reliance in Defence.  

Dr. C. Vasantharaj, Director, Kumaraguru Centre for Industrial Research and Innovation (KC.IRI) said that this conclave was helpful for the start-ups, MSMEs, industries and entrepreneurs having interest in entering Defence R&D and Production. The event gave a clear understanding of the business opportunities in Defence Sector in Coimbatore.  

After the Tamil Nadu government’s Aerospace and Defence Industry Policy in 2019, the total committed investments have crossed Rs.10,000 crores. Discussion is on to set up a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) for manufacturing Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and an Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) facility at Sulur in Coimbatore as part of Defence Corridor.  Many defence PSUs and large private industries will be part of this corridor. As part of the ecosystem, plan is to build common facility centres in Coimbatore for manufacturing & testing of defence components and systems.   

KCT students’ bag Rs 1 lakh cash prize in Arai Technovuus Mobility Hackathon  

Students from Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) win National Level Hackathon by offering natural fibre as an alternative to plastics in automobile interiors. Their idea of a reinforced hybrid fibre made of banana and kenaf extracts has won Rs 1 lakh cash prize in a national level hackathon organized by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) recently. The Arai Technovuus Mobility Hackathon conducted in Pune on 16 & 17 July 2022 was an innovation competition that aimed at solving problems in the automotive domain. The hackathon exposed students to work on problem statements prevailing in the automobile industry and find solution to it under the guidance of mentors from the industry. Around 300 teams from across the country offered solutions under 10 broad problem statements in this mobility hackathon. KCT team was recognized under the category Sustainable Textile Composites for Body Panels and Upholstery for developing reinforced hybrid fibre for automotive application. While synthetic materials like plastics are widely used for making interiors in automobiles, five students from the Automobile Department of KCT offered natural fibre as an eco-friendly alternative. Team Arian (Automotive Research in Affordable Natural Fibre), the student’s team came out with a composite fibre by blending banana and Kenaf stem. This according to the students offers good tensile and flexural strength to act as a replacement to plastics in many parts of the automotive. Plastics are used in making automotive roof panel, door trims, interior roof panel, parcel tray, brake rotor shields and many other parts. Students say that such synthetic fibre may react with the heat and emit chemicals which may cause health issues. “We had to develop recyclable textile composites that use non-toxic, reusable resins for use in vehicle body panels and upholstery. The material should be highly durable and able to withstand years of hard use on a vehicle in a variety of environments and climates,” said S Kavinesh, member, Team Arian. “After analysing the properties of over 10 natural fibres, we found banana and Kenaf to be more suitable for the requirement. We used epoxy as the binding chemical for the fibre extracted from banana and kenaf stem to bring to a form of plate. The final product was found lighter than different types of plastics in use and manufacturing cost was also low,” said M Karan, another member from the team. Faculty mentor of the team, Mr. R Kishore, Assistant Professor from Automobile Engineering Department termed it as a significant feat and said that ARAI committee will help students for patent registration in the coming weeks. Mr. C Naveen Kumar from the same department is another faculty mentor of the team who was working on developing composite fibre as part of his research work. He encouraged the students to take it up as a project and incidentally the mobility hackathon happened this year. Students said that the recognition has come as an encouragement to them to take up research in the near future. Followed by winning the ARAI Technovuus Mobility Hackathon 2022, Kavinesh S is selected for an internship with a stipend of Rs.9000/- at ARAI, Pune for a duration of 6 months. 

Department Events 

Symposium on Managing Projects in Today’s VUCA World 

The KCT Business School conducted a Symposium on Managing Projects in Today’s VUCA World on 23 July 2022 at Swami Vivekananda Seminar Hall, Kumaraguru Campus. Project management is a fast growing, high–paying career that offers the potential to work in almost any field. The competence to manage projects is increasingly in demand and essential in an economic and investment environment that challenges industry in both developing and developed nations. As per PMI’s recent report, it has been estimated that India needs more than 70 lakh project managers in the next ten years. This symposium aimed to introduce participants to the tools and techniques used for comprehensive project management from initiation to closure to deliver projects with a precise focus on time, budget and quality. It further aims to provide participants with the skills and insights needed to manage complex projects in today’s highly interconnected world characterized by breakneck advances in technology, market and financial turbulence, continual social, economic and political changes – both domestically and globally. The Resource Persons for the event were Dr.B. Shyam Sundar – Director Global Technology Solutions INC; Mr.Bhuvana Sundar Soorappaiah – Program Manager (Automotive) at Bosch, Coimbatore; Dr.Kalirajan S – Deputy Dean at L & T Institute of Project Management, Chennai and Mr.Koushik Srinivasan – Associate Director, Cloud Advisory Services at Astra Zeneca India. The objectives of the symposium were to provide practical insights on the established best practices and the emerging trends from initiation to closure of a project within the time frame at the required cost, quality and managing the risks involved, and to provide a considerable learning opportunity for the participants on various aspects of Project Management 

Club Events 

TITAN – XV Rotaract District Assembly 

Titan – XV Rotaract District Assembly, TITAN was hosted by Rotaract Clubs of KCT and CUG on 17 July 2022 at Ramananda Adigalar Auditorium, Kumaraguru Campus. Rtr.PP.Kishore Babu took charge as the District Rotaract Representative with his team of council members for the year 2022-2023 for RI District 3201. The Board member’s orientation along with training sessions was conducted. Over 800+ participants took part in this grand event and made it a huge success. Rotaract Club of Kumaraguru College of Technology was recognized for its outstanding services in the past year with many awards. The recognitions and awards are Outstanding DRR official visit, Best President – Rtr. IPP. Monish, Hyperactive Status of Club, Lifeline – Blood Donors Initiative, Maximum Registration – Campus Based Club – Elite (Rotaract District Conference), DRR Special Recognition – Rtr. IPP. Monish and the recognition for completing 5 and above ID sessions. As a token of love and gratitude, a greenery gift, and a jute bag with a Rotaract keychain were distributed to all the attendees with great love and attention to spread sustainability and greenery among the youngsters. 

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