Bhubaneswar, Dec 31: The annual Alumni Meet of the Central chapter of College of Engineering and Technology (CET) Bhubaneswar was held on December 26, 2015. The meeting witnessed coming together of over hundred alumni from across the 35 batches of CET including Prof./Dr. Saraju Mohanty (Professor, Texas, USA),Dr. Malaya Pradhan ( Deputy Director , Factories and Boilers) and many more.
Inaugurated by the Principal, Prof./Dr. PK Patra, there was commemoration of the recent accomplishments and the infrastructure expansion of the college. The meeting also challenges and setbacks that the college is confronting, and the only solution to which is autonomy to be able to fulfill the goal it was set up for.
The Alumni unanimously agreed upon the various problems the college is facing, being dependent over BPUT for every single aspect, be it academic, administrative or financial matters. Various other discrepancies that the top students face being at CET include the lack of industry interface, research and project opportunities, proper infrastructure backing the newer departments, blunt course structure, discrepancies in the examination calendar, result declaration and delay in the certificate validation.
Other issues that the college faces due to the lack of autonomy are, inability to extract funds under various national programmes for laboratory and other facilities, inability to establish educational and research oriented link ups between other universities, lack of decision making authority etc. CET has long surpassed all the parameters required and deserves to bear the unitary status in order to carry out the future developmental proceedings.
CET has achieved stellar with over 50 alumni in senior/ top management positions of global organizations, on faculty of universities, or running their start-ups. CET has demonstrated unfathomed success since its inception in 1981, when the Govt of Odisha had set it up to meet the growing needs of technically competent manpower.
The college’s ability to make an impact the careers of the youth was impeded since it was a constituent college of OUAT – where the goals were not aligned. While the college was attempting to execute its mandate within the aegis of OUAT, it’s affiliation was changed and since 2002 it has become part of the BPUT. This has reset the clock from many perspectives.
The CET has a total annual intake of 840 candidates under the UG programme in various departments including Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Fashion and Apparel Technology, Textile Engineering, Information Technology, and Architecture. The college has also an annual intake of 540 students under the PG programme and 16 under the Ph.D. programme in various streams.
The Principal in his most elaborative words made the forum aware about the present status of the college under different fields. He also made the house aware about the recent developmental activities that have been scheduled.
It was learnt that apart from the existing 2 hostels, two more hostels were being developed by IDCO, are scheduled to be completed by March 2016. The college under the state government programmes is all set to establish itself as the Centre of Excellence of Mechanical Engineering which will ensure the college to receive special grants. The college is determined to focus further on research type activities, Entrepreneurship development and proper establishment of the Alumni Association from the coming session.
The principal emphasised on three major goals that will be implemented from the next academic session, viz. center of competence for Internet Of Things (IoT), establishing a state-of-the-art Robotics lab in collaboration with IIT Mumbai, and a 3-D printing laboratory. He also threw light upon the infrastructural changes that the campus is going through with each department getting separate space, a plan of central library and an Auditorium with 2000 capacity which has an initial investment of 25 crores.
The college is also concerned about making the faculty efficient by allowing them to participate in various Faculty development programs in Singapore, Indonesia, and UK with the support of TEQIP.
The meeting concluded with the alumni creating a roadmap for making CET an unitary university under the name Odisha Technological University (OTU) in order to make the college gain national visibility and standards. The last Sunday of every year was decided to be the open forum for the Alumni meeting where in the developments of the whole year would be discussed and necessary steps would be decided to make CET and consequently OTU a globally visible Institute.