Mangaluru: The NEP 2020 has opened up a world of possibilities for students both technical and non-technical institutes, allowing them to pursue their dreams and make a mark in the world. In view of this, under the directorship of Prof. Prasad Krishna, NITK has established three centres of excellence at NITK Surathkal in accordance with NEP 2020.
The three centres of excellence are: Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering (CSEE), Centre for Women Welfare and Social Empowerment (CWWSE), and Centre for Public Relations, Information and Media Exchange (C-PRIME).
These CoEs are designed to provide students with a complete knowledge of both technical and non-technical fields, enabling them to acquire a well-rounded skill set. In addition, the institute intends to provide students with access to the most recent research and technology, allowing them to remain at the forefront of their respective professions. In light of NEP 2020, These three newly established centres at NITK will engage with relevant Ministries, industry experts and other higher education institutions to equip students with a comprehensive learning experience and the skills and information they need to thrive in the contemporary world.
About the Centres:
Centre for Public Relations, Information and Media Exchange (C-PRIME)
A centre designed to promote and maintain the reputation of NITK through the effective use of multiple media platforms, and to provide academic initiatives in line with the recommendations of NEP2020. This Centre for Public Relations, Information, and Media Exchange will serve as a hub for the information exchange between the institute, its stakeholders, and the public in general, fostering greater collaboration and transparency. As part of the successful implementation of NEP2020, and in contrast to the technical courses provided at NITK, this centre will enable learners the opportunity to study Mass Communication via internships, short-term certificate programmes, academic programmes, and other hands-on activities in the area of mass communication, students at the centre will obtain practical experience. The centre will host seminars, conferences, and workshops, as well as collaborate with renowned media firms, relevant ministries, media institutions, and other prominent organizations. The centre strives to establish a brand image for NITK and maintain a favourable public impression, hence facilitating more communication and cooperation.
Centre for the Welfare and Empowerment of Women (CWWSE)
CWWSE has been established to assist women in gaining more independence and empowerment. By providing proper resources and assistance, the centre aspires to establish a culture of inclusion and equality, therefore contributing to the development of a more varied and productive workforce and empowering its members to become active contributors to the nation’s growth and development.
The centre will launch myriad initiatives/academic, socio-economic, cultural, and female entrepreneurial activities, including holding workshops and seminars, awareness programmes, delivering mentoring programmes, and enabling networking prospects for women. The centre is dedicated to fostering a more equitable society while also empowering women and enhancing their access to resources. By providing educational opportunities, cultural enrichment, and creating social awareness on various women-oriented domains, this centre will contribute in creating a more equitable and prosperous future for women, and also would be a major step forward in promoting gender equality and social justice. Centre for Women welfare and Social Empowerment will also concentrate on promoting, partnering, executing, and raising awareness about several Central programmes such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK), Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Menstrual Hygiene Management, Mission Shakti Govt. of India etc., in order to bring women into the mainstream of all the sectors of the nation and support the Government’s vision of “women-led development” by making them equal partners in nation—building.
Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering (CSEE)
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship in the Government of India, visited the bio-waste recycling plant on NITK campus (A facility for converting campus garbage into biogas), during his visit to NITK’s 20th annual convocation event. The minister expressed his delight that NITK Surathkal is contributing to national initiatives to promote #WasteToWealth and a circular economy. During the press conference, the minister remarked, “I congratulate & appreciate the CSR Project Head (Maire Tecnimont, Italy), Dr. Vasudeva Madav, and Team for working on projects connected to Sustainable Energy. In Indian culture, sustainability has always been a pillar. For the green transition, our academic institutions require initiatives like these” he said.
During the same, Shri Pradhan urged NITK to establish a fully-fledged Sustainable Energy Department in order to make the NITK Surathkal a national leader in energy transition within a decade. Hence, a Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering is established.
The development of a dedicated Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) would give a platform for students to obtain knowledge and experience in sustainable energy engineering, allowing them to find innovative solutions to the world’s energy challenges. CSEE would also provide researchers with a unique avenue to collaborate and share their field-specific expertise. The facility would operate as a nexus for industry-academic partnerships, enabling the development of breakthrough products and technologies. CSEE will help to promote the use of renewable energy sources, helping to reduce the environmental impact of energy production.
The establishment of a Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering at NITK would be a major step forward in the pursuit of a more sustainable future. This centre is dedicated to researching and developing innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability. Through its research, the centre aims to develop a wide range of technologies and strategies to reduce energy consumption and increase the efficiency of energy production. These include renewable energy sources, energy storage systems, and energy management systems. The centre will also provide BTech, MTech, PhD, and short-term courses to enable students and stakeholders understand sustainable energy, will also educate to integrate it in their operations. The Centre for Sustainable Energy Engineering aspires to contribute to a more sustainable future by using its team’s expertise and resources.
Director, Prof. Prasad Krishna said that the establishment of these centres demonstrates NITK’s NEP 2020 implementation.
Prof. Prasad Krishna: “It is an honour and privilege to steer the Alma Mater to even greater heights. We are committed to developing NITK Surathkal as a multidisciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) making it as a preferred destination for aspiring minds from all over the World; These Centres of Excellence will enable students to explore their potential and enhance their skillset in a variety of disciplines. these centres will also engage in research and development in many news fields, helping students comprehend the latest developments and technological advances. The Centres of Excellence will be a beacon of optimism for students, equipping them with the opportunity to succeed in their disciplines and become the leaders of the future. I believe that the Centres will contribute to the institutions and nation’s overall growth, I am sure NITK will soon become a leader in both education and research arenas”