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Defining Innovation in Teaching and Learning

The term “Innovation” in teaching and learning is intrinsically quite broad in perspective and there are a number of views on how to define it. In the department of Mechanical Engineering of SKIT – Jaipur, we define it as follows:

 

“Any teaching strategy, approach, technique, or tool can qualify to be termed as an innovation if it is used, or used in a new way, to produce quantifiable gain for student outcomes or the student experience, and can be implemented widely”

 

Many of such innovative initiatives taken by faculty and staff of the department can be observed in the Course Files, Laboratory Manuals and other documents that are maintained in the department. Moreover, the availability of ‘DSpace’ in the institute has rendered the three most important tasks related with the establishment of innovative practices namely recording, reviewing and critique, highly effective.

 

Statement of goals for innovations in teaching and learning

Realizing the necessity of innovative ideas in the teaching-learning process, and their subsequent implementation through quantifiable initiatives, the following goals have been set:

Apart from the standard teaching-learning experience imparted in classrooms, the department will continuously strive to:

  • Enrich the learning experience of students through innovative tools and techniques
  • Enhance the understanding and knowledge of students with innovative tools and techniques
  • Broaden the perspective of students in matters pertaining to academic, contemporary as well as social issues using innovative tools and techniques
  • Motivate the students to think, formulate and act innovatively themselves.

Process for identifying and publishing innovative initiatives

The process envisaged in the department for identification and publication of innovations is given in the figure below. The department continuously strives to achieve the goals set towards maintaining the continuity of innovative practices in teaching and learning in accordance with the process flow chart shown.

List of innovative initiatives in teaching and learning process taken by the Department

Innovation is literally done by each dedicated faculty, knowingly or unknowingly; literally every single working day of his/her career. Some initiatives may be so small to escape attention, and might be difficult to quantify and record; but may affect the learning of students in a subtle but important way. On the other hand, some initiatives might be so impactful so as to be clearly visible as making huge strides in improving the teaching-learning process. Given below is a listing of some of the noticeable initiatives taken by the faculty of the department. However, it should not be construed as a conclusive list; but as a part of an open ended process of continuous improvement.

  1. DSpace submissions: Faculty of the department regularly upload a lot of academically relevant documents on the DSpace repository of SKIT. The portal is directly accessible from the institutional website: http://203.190.148.228:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/29. The submissions include power point presentations, articles, lecture notes, lab manuals and many other useful documents that are beneficial for the students.
  2. Club activities: There are 4 clubs that are currently being run by the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
    (i) SAEINDIA collegiate club : http://www.skit.ac.in/students-s-life/saeindia-collegiate-club.html
    (ii) Robotics club : http://www.skit.ac.in/students-s-life/robotics-club.html
    (iii) ASME student section : http://www.skit.ac.in/students-s-life/asme-student-section.html
    (iv) Renewable energy club : http://www.skit.ac.in/students-s-life/renewable-energy-club.html

    Various club activities in these clubs act as excellent grounds for innovative learning. In these clubs, the faculty are not the only disseminators of knowledge; senior students (older club members) pass on their knowledge and learning to the younger generation (new club entrants) via a continuous ritual-like process, which includes hands-on training, presentations, lectures, group discussions and many other innovative procedures. These clubs with their club activities literally act as the most fertile grounds for innovations in the teaching-learning process.

  3. Virtual labs: In certain labs, for instance the vibration engineering lab, some relevant experiments are conducted online on web browsers with the help of simulators. Such online facilities are called as virtual labs (http://www.vlab.co.in/), and are a part of an excellent innovative initiative taken by the MHRD of India.
  4. MOOCS: MOOCS or Massive open online courses are a relatively new entry in the academic sector throughout the world. Although the role of MOOCs in effective dissemination of knowledge is still under debate, they are speedily gaining unquestioned acceptance in more and more academic circles as an innovative means of imparting additional knowledge to students. Here at SKIT, we support augmenting our own efforts of effective delivery by MOOCs available through agencies like NPTEL and SWAYAM.
  5. Group leaders in lab sessions: This initiative has proved to be highly effective in lab sessions. A group leader is selected for each group working on an experiment in each lab session. The group leader is made responsible for all the outcomes of the lab session of that particular day. Every week in the lab, the group leader is changed so as to pass the responsibility to each student by the end of semester. This inculcates leadership and responsibility in students.
  6. Miniature scale models: In many relevant subjects, faculty encourage the students to make miniature working models of mechanisms and machine components. Thus enhancing interest and level of learning.
  7. Power point presentations: Use of this widely accepted technique is done wherever deemed necessary in the department. This has actually become a standard norm in the teaching-learning process, and is facilitated by the fact that all our classrooms are well-equipped with high quality projectors ready for use any time.
  8. Additional effort for weak students: Students unable to score well in the term exams are identified and are given more attention by faculty. In many cases, they are tasked with additional assignments to enhance their understanding of respective subjects.
  9. Unit tests: Apart from the two mid-term tests (prescribed as a standard); students are required to face three additional unit tests (covering the complete syllabus) for each subject. These unit tests are developed in the format of common competitive tests (objective tests) to prepare the students for such future exams.
  10. E-mail correspondence with students: Faculty frequently engages in e-mail correspondence with the students to share notes, remarks, assignments and test results. This significantly boosts the out-of-class learning experience of students.
  11. Student presentations: In many relevant subjects, students deliver presentations to the rest of their classmates. This significantly boosts students’ confidence and their learning experience.
  12. Google sites: Faculty have also created their own Google sites wherein they upload study material relevant to their own subjects. The links are shared with the students and the contents are openly accessed by all students.
  13. Overlay transparencies: A highly innovative idea, wherein the old concept of OHPs (over head projectors) is augmented by preparing transparent sheets in combination groups in such a way that when the sheets are progressively placed one over the other; they provide continuity to diagrammatic presentations. This is quite an innovative way to deliver complex topics.
  14. Audio-visual learning: In many subjects (wherever necessary) audio-visual aids are used. It is a proved fact that audio-visual presentations in the classrooms are more effective in capturing the attention of students.
  15. Classroom quiz sessions: These help in creating interest by breaking monotony of regular classes while enhancing the learning experience.
  16. Adherence to Bloom’s taxonomy: The mid-term tests for all subjects in the department are made in strict adherence to the Bloom’s taxonomy. This ensures that the learning as well as the assessment mechanism is based on standard practices of the academic fraternity worldwide.
  17. Personal counselling: This has helped many students in dealing with academic as well as personal problems in the department. Every faculty in the department acts as a counsellor to any student with any problem he/she is willing to share.
  18. Library assignments: Students are set such assignments from time to time; wherein they are required to research certain topics from the resources available in the institute library and finally submit a report.

 

Some sample innovations by the department can be seen here : Sample Innovations (Working Models and Charts)

Details for the faculty of the department for academic year 2018-19

Dr. Ashish Nayyar
Professor
B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D. (NIT), MSAE-INDIA, LMISTE, MIE, MASME
Specialization: Energy Engineering
Prof. M. L. Bhargava
Professor
B. E., M. A. (Economics) with Industrial Experience of 48 years
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Manu Augustine
Professor
B. Tech., M.Tech., Ph.D. (NIT)
Specialization: Manufacturing Systems
Dr. N.C. Bhandari
Professor & Head
B.E. (Hons.), MREC, M.E., Ph.D. (IITD), FIE, LM-ISTE
Specialization: Design Engineering
Dr. N. K. Banthiya
Professor
B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D. (IIT), PGDDE, LMISTE, MASME, MISCEE, MAIET
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. A. K. Mathur
Associate Professor
B. E. with Industrial Experience of 36 years
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Achin Srivastav
Associate Professor
B.E, M.Tech. (Hons.), Ph.D. (IIITDM), MIAENG, MIE
Specialization: Industrial Engineering
Mr. Amit Bansal
Associate Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (NIT), MASHRAE
Specialization: Energy Engineering
Mr. Dharmendra Hariyani
Associate Professor
B.E., M.E. (NIT), MIE, LMISTE
Specialization: Manufacturing Systems
Mr. Dheeraj Joshi
Associate Professor
B.E., M.E., Ph.D.* (NIT), LMISTE, MIE, MIIE
Specialization: Production and Industrial Engineering
Dr. Jyoti Arora
Associate Professor
Ph. D.
Specialization: Operations Research
Mr. Manoj Kumar Sain
Associate Professor
B.E., M.Tech., Ph.D* (NIT), AMIE, MIIE, MASME, MIAENG, UAMAE
Specialization: Manufacturing Systems
Mr. Om Ji Shukla
Associate Professor
B. Tech., M. E., IIIE, SCRS
Specialization: Mechnical Engineering
Dr. Vikash Gautam
Associate Professor
B.Tech, M.Tech., Ph.D. (NIT)
Specialization: Materials Science
Mr. Vinay Singh Marwal
Associate Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (NIT), AMIE, LMISTE
Specialization: Manufacturing Systems
Mr. Ankit Agarwal
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (NIT), Ph. D*, DMCADD , AMIE
Specialization: Energy Engineering
Mr. Ankur Kumar Singhal
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M. Tech.
Specialization: Machine Design
Mr. Ashish Kumar Singh
Assistant Professor
B. E., M. Tech., Ph. D.*
Specialization: Industrial Engineering
Mr. Chandan Kumar
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (Hons.), Ph.D.* MSAE-INDIA, MIRED, AMIE
Specialization:Thermal Engineering
Mr. Chandra Mohan Kumar
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M.Tech. (NIT), UACEE, IAENG
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Ms. Dimple
Assistant Professor
B. E., M.Tech. (NIT)
Specialization: Manufacturing Systems
Mr. Dinesh Kr. Sharma
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (Gold Medalist ), Ph. D*
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Jitendra Kumar
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M. Tech.
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Jitendra Kumar Vyas
Assistant Professor
B. E., M.Tech. Ph.D.* (IIT)
Specialization: Hydrology Engineering
Mr. Madhukar Kumar
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech. (IIT), MOEF, ENVIS
Specialization: Energy & Environmental Engineering
Mr. Manoj Kumar
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech (NIT)
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Md. Suhaib
Assistant Professor
B.E., M. Tech.
B.Tech., M.Tech (NIT) Specialization: Applied Mechanics
Mr. Naveen Kumar Sain
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M. Tech.
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Nikhil Sharma
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech (NIT)
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Prakash Bharadwaj
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M. Tech.
Specialization: Machine Design
Mr. Pramod Jain
Assistant Professor
B. Tech.
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Rahul Saraswat
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (IIT)
Specialization: Production Engineering
Mr. Rajendra Singh Chundawat
Assistant Professor
B. Tech. (Hons.), MSAE-INDIA
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Ms. Renu Sharma
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech. (NIT)
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Sandeep Kumar
Assistant Professor
B. E., M. Tech.
Specialization: Materials Engineering
Mr. Sumit Jhalani
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech. (IIT)
Specialization: Energy Engineering
Mr. Trivendra Kr. Sharma
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech.
Specialization: Machine Design
Mr. Vishnu Jangid
Assistant Professor
B.Tech., M.Tech (NIT)
Specialization: Industrial Engineering
Mr. Sushil Surana
Associate Professor
B. E. with Industrial Experience of 34 Years
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Ajay Kr. Dhanopia
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. , DMCADD
Specialization: Design Engineering
Mr. Brij Mohan Sharma
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (IIT), MIAENG, MIASTER
Specialization: Nuclear Engineering
Ms. Monika Khurana
Assistant Professor
B.E. (Hons.), M.Tech.
Specialization: Production Engineering
Ms. Namita Soni
Assistant Professor
B.E. (Hons), M.Tech. (Hons.)
Specialization: Design Engineering
Mr. Nitin Goyal
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. (Hons.)
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Praveen Saraswat
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech. , AMIE, MIAENG, DM CADD
Specialization: Production Engineering
Ms. Priyanka Gupta
Assistant Professor
B. Tech., M. Tech
Specialization: Thermal Engineering
Mr. Sandeep Kr. Bhaskar
Assistant Professor
B.Tech.
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Sunil Kumar
Assistant Professor
B.E., M.Tech.
Specialization: Production Engineering
Mr. Suresh Choudhary
Assistant Professor
B.Tech.
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering

Renewable energy club, SKIT was established in 2012 with the main objective of creating awareness among students towards sustainable use of energy. To propagate and promote the use of renewable energy resources, every year this club organizes several activities like paper presentation, poster presentation, seminars, expert lectures, quiz competition, etc. for students.

The club also celebrates Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas on August 20th every year.

Renewable energy club, SKIT organized a motivational talk titled “Renewable Energy Sources” on 06/09/2017. Prof Dr. N.K. Banthiya was invited as the key speaker. He addressed the rising need and future prospects of renewable energy sources in India and also motivated students to involve the projects on renewable energy in their academic activities. A total of 115 students attended the event and reports were submitted by students. Certificates were awarded to the participants and winners as decided by jury.

Renewable energy club, SKIT organized a paper presentation competition titled “Renewable Energy Sources” held on 05/10/2016. In which 10 papers were presented by 36 students. Certificates were awarded to the participants and winners as decided by jury.

List of winners

  • Paper titled “Energy Kites” presented by Abhay Chouhan, Chirag, Aman and Udit (III sem, S, ME) was awarded first position.
  • Paper titled “Solar Energy” presented by Kanika Agarwal and Uma Kumari was awarded second position.
  • Participation certificates were given to 30 students.

Others

Renewable energy club SKIT, organized several other activities in past few years like;

  • A poster making competition entitled ‘Renewable Energy’.
  • Group Discussion
  • Celebration of Akshay Urja Diwas.
  • Slogan Competition
  • Quiz Competition

Some of the glimpses are:

Faculty Coordinators Student Coordinators
Namita Soni (Coordinator) Shreyansh Goswami
Nitin Goyal (Coordinator)  Pragya Khandal
Dr. N. K. Banthiya (Advisor)  Ravi Ranjan

SAE India is an affiliate society of SAE International, registered as an Indian non-profit engineering and scientific society dedicated to the advancement of mobility community in India. As an individual member driven society of mobility practitioners, SAE India comprises members who are individuals from the mobility community, which includes engineers, executives from industry, government officials, academics and students.

 

SAE India organizes international meetings and exhibitions each year that cover all aspects of technology related to design, manufacture, and total life cycle technology for the automotive, aerospace, off-highway, truck and bus, fuels and lubricants, and other related mobility industries. These events bring engineers and technical experts from around the world together to share information and network.

 

SAE India organizes a variety of competitions every year for engineering students across the country namely SUPRA SAE India Student Formula, Baja SAE India and EFFI Cycle.

SAEINDIA SKIT COLLEGIATE CLUB

The club was started in 2011 and restarted in January, 2014 with 52 student members in mentorship of Mr. Jaipal Meel, Director, SKIT & Dr. Ashish Nayyar, Chief Faculty Advisor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Since then it has achieved more and more through the consistent hard work and dedication by its student members. The collegiate club currently has a total of 150 student members from different streams of engineering of SKIT and six faculty advisors viz. Mr. Rajendra Singh Chundawat, Mr. Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Mr. Sudhanshu Chajjed, Ms. Monika Khurana and Mr, Chandan Kumar from Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Collegiate Club students participate in various vehicle design, fabrication and testing events in the name of Team Xcelerators ( a group 40+ students under three different teams for various events viz. BAJA SAEINDIA, National Go Kart Racing, International Go-Kart Racing etc, International Kart Racing Championship).

 

Team Xcelerators is the official motorsport racing team of Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Management & Gramothan, Jaipur. It operates under the aegis of SAEINDIA Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology Collegiate Club.

 

The purpose of the Collegiate Club is to provide its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the engineering profession by sponsoring meeting that will bring practicing engineers to the campus, arranging field trips to research and engineering establishment, sponsoring student projects of engineering interest, and participating in SAE India section activities. Designing gives members experience with computer aided designing which may be used after college in their professions. Likewise, the fabrication of the vehicles teaches student members teamwork, and how to use different tools and machines during the fabrication of various projects and most importantly how to implement a concept from idea to design to physical product. It provides continuity to engineering education and provides exposure to industrial operating environment and working conditions.

 

Journey so far…………….

 

1. Enduro Student India ATV Design Competition

An All Terrain Vehicle design challenge for student across India, organized by Delta Inc. This was the fifth edition of this event. A team of 30 student members, XCELERATORS, participated in this event from our institute. This event organized from 3rd – 7th January, 2018 at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. In the debut year of participation in ESI 2018, our team managed to secure some AIR among 80 participating teams which are mentioned below.

  • 3rd in Maneuverability
  • 4th in Overall Dynamics
  • 4th in Endurance Race
  • 16th in Sales Presentation
  • 17th in Design Event
  • 4th Rank Overall in ESI 2018

    ESI 2018

    ESI 2018

2. BAJA SAEINDIA 2018

BAJA SAEINDIA is one of the most popular and toughest Off-road motorsport event in India conducted under the aegis of SAEINDIA(Society of Automotive Engineers India),Mahindra & Mahindra and hosted by NATrip (National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project). The Event is divided into two phases which are:

  • Virtual BAJA
  • Main BAJA

The team of SKIT is participating in this event since 2014 and continuously improving performance year by year.

3. Jaipur Street Karting Cup orgnaised from 15th-17th March, 2018 at Arya College of Engineering, Jaipur.

Team of SKIT won awards in following categories:-

  • Best Design – I prize worth of Rs. 10,000 /-
  • Second position in SKID PAD worth of Rs. 10,000 /-
  • Overall 4th position worth Rs. 10,000/-

4. SAEINDIA National Student Convention- 2018 organised on 16th Feb, 2018 at Arya College of Engineering, Jaipur.The student team of SKIT secured first rank in Quiz Competition worth cash prize of Rs. 3000 /-

  • Jayesh Soni - I year, ME
  • Rishabh Rao – II year, ME

5. Festival of Education, hosted by Government of Rajasthan.

Team Xcelerators of SAEINDIA SKIT Collegiate Club presented All Terrain Vehicle Project (CAR No.-74 named FUROR) in Festival of Education, hosted by Government of Rajasthan on 5 August, 2017. It grabbed the attention of many educators, students and policy makers. Shri Vasudev Devnani, Education Minister, Rajasthan Government appreciated efforts of students and Institute efforts in the design and fabrication of ATV.

6. Off- Road Race:-Team Xcelerators was honoured to exhibit their ATV in MOTO DANGAL, an off-road track race event organized by WESTERN MOTORSPORTS on 2nd September, 2017 at outskirts of Jaipur. The track was designed on Enduro-Cross format, having many tough obstacles like water pit, slump, rock crawl, tier pit and many more. ATV of SKIT named as FUROR at the event, as it become the centre of attraction of the event and also news published in newspaper. Everyone appreciated the hard work and dedication of the students and Institute for their support.

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ASME Student Section - The ASME Student Section SKIT, Jaipur was established in December, 2009 to provide the Mechanical Engineering students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the technical world, showcase talent and network with professionals and other student members from all over the world.

This club has about 200 student members at present.

The ASME Student Section SKIT has organized many events over the years. Moreover; student members participate in ASME SPDC and ASME HPVC every year and have won several prizes competing against students from IITs and NITs.


ASME SPDC 2011 AT SKIT, JAIPUR

ORGANISING TEAM OF SPDC 2011 AT SKIT, JAIPUR

RUNNER UP TEAM, SDC IN SPDC 2014 AT BITS, PILANI

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE FOR SDC IN SPDC 2014 AT BITS, PILANI

ASME AT SKIT, JAIPUR

REMOTE REPAIRING ROBOT FOR SDC IN SPDC 2013 AT KLU, VIJAYAWADA (3rd PRIZE)

SKIT TEAM, ASME HPVC 2014 AT IIT DELHI

HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE FOR ASME HPVC 2014 AT IIT DELHI

SKIT TEAM, ASME HPVC 2015 AT DTU, DELHI

HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE FOR ASME HPVC 2015 AT DTU, DELHI

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