Soil is an almost magical substance, a living system that transforms the materials it encounters. To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil and the seeds. If students can be likened to saplings, teachers are like the farmers who nurture the saplings in the fertile soil of Vidyalankar Institute of Technology. We at VIT believe that the roots of a great future are created by strong bonds of learning positive lessons. The constant efforts taken by our faculty are with a fervent hope to cultivate a bountiful crop and harvest a basketful of diverse talents in the students
I take immense pride in welcoming engineering aspirants, my dear students and their parents to the First Year Engineering Department page. At First Year, we strive to build a strong foundation and nurture multi-dimensional skill sets in our student community by offering a judicious mix of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. There are handholding programmes for students who need extra help like Intensive Education Development Program, Study Circles, crash courses before exams. Personal attention towards each student is facilitated through Mentor-Mentee meetings, professional counselling sessions, First Year In-Charge and Class Representative meetings, and occasional parent teacher gatherings.
We have implemented many activities at the First-Year level to help students explore their interests such as educational tour, short seminars, guest lectures, Women's Day celebration, poster competitions, various workshops like PCB designing, computer skills and mini projects. All departmental activities and achievements are presented in a quarterly e-newsletter 'VIBGYOR'.
In the words of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, “Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.”
VIT has always believed in a strong research culture to build establishments and new opportunities for collaboration and future study for faculty as well as students. The Institute offers a productive and supportive environment for students and faculty to undertake research. The Department encourages faculty from various disciplines to gain valuable experience by authoring and publishing papers in national and inter-national conferences and journals that have a high ‘impact factor’.
Dr. Uday Kashid has published a paper titled “A New Hybrid D-Numbers extended Consistent Linguistic Fuzzy Preference Relation with Enhanced DNIT model for selection of Bowlers in IPL-2019.”
Prof. Micky Barua has published a paper titled “Writing Life and Righting the sporting Self: Voice of the Marginalized in Mary Kom's Unbreakable: An Autobiography.”
Prof. Sonaali Borkar has published a paper titled “The Essence of Traditional teaching methodology over web-based learning” in a Scopus indexed journal.
The fruits of our labour - our student achievements! Our student achievements are a measure of attaining their short-term or long-term educational goals.
It gives us immense pride to share the achievements of our First Year Engineering students. We highly appreciate Somita Chaudhari who was invited to attend the Ocean Science Meeting 2020 at San Diego, USA from 16-21 February 2020. Utkarsh Gaikwad was the Winner from Mumbai Division for the competition held by “Cognizance IIT Roorkee on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning”. Ram Pandey, Neel Bajaj, Anuj Shah, Sudip Khandekar, and Shubh Jangam were the Finalists at the “Smart India Hackathon 2019”. Akshaj Raut was one of the finalists in the Drone racing competition held by IIT Bombay during TECHFEST 2020.
Professional development strengthens the affective, intellectual, and social aspects of academic life. It improves the academic experience at institutions for teachers and students. Our Department has actively organized various technical activities including Faculty Development Programs and STTPs.
We have organized FDPS on ‘Project Management and SWOT Analysis’, ‘Bridging the Gap between Campus and Corporate’, and STTPs on ‘Innovations and Applications of Engineering Mathematics’, ‘Applications of Smart Materials in Technology’, and ‘Advanced Tools and Methodologies in Technical Teaching’.
Growing is a lifetime job. When tending a vast and beautiful garden, one has to plant many seeds, never knowing ahead of time which one produce the most glorious flowers, which will bear the sweetest fruit. A good gardener plants them all, tends and nurtures and wishes them well. Opportunities are the best fertilizers, and the opportunities for self-development supplied here at the First Year Department are in the form of internships, extra-curricular activities, motivation for start-ups and laboratory facilities for collaborative learning.
Students of First Year Engineering are continuously motivated to go for various internships. Mohit Santosh (INFT A) is doing a paid internship at Gaming Monk. Hrishika Samani (INFT B) has done a paid internship at Contetra Universal LLP for 1 month and is currently doing a paid internship at Aakriti Techfest. Hussain Rampurawala (INFT A) is currently doing an internship at VHIRON since past 5 months. Hritik Shelar (INFT B) is currently an intern at Internshala. In addition to this, many students of First Year Engineering have done internships at FE Department wherein they worked on E-book of Engineering Chemistry-II under the guidance of Prof. Sonaali Borkar.
First Year students are also encouraged for entrepreneurship. Shubh Jangam came with one start-up “Shaalastic LLP- EdTech” which focuses on up skilling students in today’s world of constant changes. He also provides technical support and consultancy services to coaching classes to take their business online. He also started a new business, “WeeToo E-commerce Private Limited” - an E-commerce start-up focused on Micro entrepreneurship among students by enabling them to become resellers and start earning without any capital investment. Tanshiq Kale and Tanvee Jaiswal developed an Android application “Covid-19 Maharashtra” for spreading awareness about COVID-19.
“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” - David Polis
Engineering is not only limited to theoretical knowledge but is more inclined towards its practical application, supported by a strong laboratory infrastructure on the campus. There are total 7 laboratories in First Year Engineering Department: Chemistry, Physics, Mechanics, Drawing, AutoCAD, Basic Workshop, and Language Lab. All the First Year Engineering laboratories tend to focus on project-based and collaborative learning. Multiple mini projects are constantly undertaken by our students to understand the practical applications of basic engineering concepts. Engineering Workshop is a place where students acquire knowledge on the operation of various processes involved in manufacturing and production and makes students competent in handling practical work in an engineering environment. Language Lab sessions help to reinforce language proficiency skills.