Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Water theft can be monitored, says NIE Students

A group of NIE IT 8th semester Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE) Students have find the solution to over come the water theft problem and ease the distribution of water in Mysore. The students are MP Tulsiram, R Gowtham, MS Nikhil and MC Varun Kumar.

The students say: Water filtration process is done in three steps and  traditional method is used for supplying water, which has to be atomised. The best way to improve and atomise the water distribution system is by using PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and SCADA system (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition).

“Another major problem is some of the people are sucking water directly from home street pipelines. The water theft can be best monitored by the flow variations given by the Flow Sensors mounted on the channels,” says Gowtham, proposing to employ a GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) Modem for wireless communication so that the information can be passed to many concerned officers cell phone for immediate action when the theft and pipe breakage is occurred.

Nikhil says: “Water energy nexus, is growing in importance as demand for both water and energy increases. Self-power can be generated due to rapid flow rate of water across the channels in water supply control process. Pressurised water to generate electric power is more efficient. Thrust from water flow would produce torque by rotating the turbine which is connected to an electric generator.”

The two filtration houses at Mysore and Ramanahalli has the capacity to intake raw water and deliver 50 MLD (million litres per day) of filtered water in the pure water reservoirs near filtration house, added students.

The students have won prize at the National-level Technical Symposium held at Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering (JNNCE), Shimoga last week. Out of 91 papers presented at the symposium, the paper presented by this budding engineers has been selected as the second best paper.

They had presented paper on the title 'Automation in Urban Drinking Water Supply System, Water Theft Identification Using PLC and SCADA and Self Power Generation in Supply System'.


Launch of webcast has lessen the burden of polytechnic lecturers

Polytechnic lecturers from across the State had to go all the way to the National Institutes of Technical Teachers' Training and Research (NITTTR) situated in Chennai to hone their teaching skills. With the launch of webcast in the State a few weeks ago, lectures in State are heaving a sign of relief, as they can undergo training and enhance their skills sitting inside a classroom.

As many as ten center are constituted across State, comprising few districts, where lecturers can undergo training at the nearby Centre. All the centers have been recognised and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The two way audio and video conferencing has not only helped them to advance their careers, but also that of students by imparting them quality technical education.

Lecturers say: “Earlier we had to go Chennai to undergo training and it was mandatory for teachers to attend at least four programmes for sex week in three years. The launch of web-casting has lessen the burden of lecturers in lot and the travelling has been completely eliminated. Specially for women staying away from family was a challenging task.”

CPC Polytechnic Lecturer Sheba Kumari, who has four training programme at Chennai says: “I was finding hard to adjust for the climate, food at Chennai. We are immensely benefited with the launch of web-casting. We had live interaction with the lecturers across State through webcast and have overcome several problems for the implementation of effective teaching.”
Another Lecturer Meera of JSS Polytechnic for Women says: “We learnt  lot of things related to effective teaching process. The programme has helped us immensely to improve the teaching process and also to equip students with latest technology and much more.

Webcast Programme Co-ordinator Subramanya said that the programme being launched first time in State, helps teachers to know modes of teaching, methods to be followed for effective teaching, improvisation of teachers qualification, accountability, capacity building amongst others. The training programme will be continued as per the guidance of NITTTR.  

JSS Polytechnic for Women has been selected as the nodal Centre in Mysore. In the first batch, 19 lecturers hailing from Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Hassan have already undergone a two week training on 'Instructional design and delivery system' through online webcasting at the Centre.

JSS College for Women Principal HB Basavaraju said that launch of webcast has ease the burden of lecturers and 40 participants will undergo training in each center including the lecturers of private technologies.

S Sambhava, HOD of the JSS polytechnic for women, who has gone more than 20 times for Chennai to undergo training says: “The programme sponsored by Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) helps teachers for improvement of quality technical education, curriculum development, planning and management.”

Four National Institutes of Technical Teachers' Training and Research (NITTTRs) located at Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai and Kolkata were established four decades ago to impart training to Polytechnic teachers for improvement  of quality technical education, Planning and Management, Curriculum Development etc., for overall improvement of polytechnic education.  

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