CIT to have petroleum engineering course

From the next academic year, a post graduate programme in petroleum engineering will be up grabs at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), its Correspondent, S.R.K. Prasad, said on 16 February, 2011.

The new course would help meet the booming demand for professionals in the oil and gas sectors, Mr. Prasad said, announcing that the CIT had bagged the ‘Outstanding Engineering Institution (South)’ award from STAR News.

The institute’s foray now would be into innovative and industry – relevant research though its immediate focus would be on medical engineering. “Medicine cannot stand on its own. It needs engineering to introduce innovations in the field,” Mr. Prasad said, adding the institute was gearing up to set up a Centre of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

A Rupee 9.3 crore proposal regarding this had already been submitted to the Ministry for Human Resource Development, and once the grant came, the work would begin, he said. The manufacturing activity at the AMT might kick off in December 2011, with the prototyping and manufacture of affordable prostheses.

Design team

A 50 – member team of the CIT, under the aegis of the Advanced Innovative Manufacturing and Management Research Group (AIMMRG), had been constituted for the purpose, he said.

“Full – fledged prototyping and manufacture of prostheses are to ensure that the indigenously devised artificial limbs suit the Indian physical structure and are also cost effective,” Mr. Prasad said.

The cost of an imported prosthesis was approximately Rupee 45 lakh.

The design of the prostheses and the equipment required to manufacture them according to the specification of the 50 – member team, were ready, Mr. Prasad said.

MoU

“A formal memorandum of understanding with a hospital involved in import of prostheses will be signed in the first week of March. The engineering expertise will be from our side and the medical inputs will be from the hospital’s doctors,” he added.

The CIT also had plans to set up similar centres as the AMT, in collaboration with partners from the industry. Already two centres, one for computing with IBM, and another for networking with Novell, were functioning in the institute.

Two more significant tie – ups the institute was looking forward to were with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and with the University of Bergen, Norway.

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