UGC Centre for Advanced Studies in Education (CASE):
It is envisaged that Vadodara will be an industrially developed city after 100 years. True to this vision Vadodara has grown into a hub with an all round variety of industries including strategically placed important ,product and process industries with various grades of automation. This automation which is increasing in leaps and bounds almost everyday It has also created the need of development of skill, appropriate to specific requirement of industry.
Today extensive automation is practiced in practically every type of manufacturing and assembly process. Some of the larger processes include electrical power generation, oil refining, chemicals, steel mills, plastics, cement plants, fertilizer plants, pulp and paper mills, automobile and truck assembly, aircraft production, glass manufacturing, natural gas separation plants, food and beverage processing, canning and bottling and manufacture of various kinds of parts. Robots are especially useful in hazardous application like automobile spray painting. Robots are also used to assemble electronic circuit boards. Automotive welding is done with robots and automatic welders are used in applications like pipelines With this perception Government of Gujarat under its Public Private Policy (PPP) mode has entered into MOU to establish Five Centre Of excellence in important fields of Automobile, Industrial Automation, Industrial Machinery, Aerospace Engineering & Marine Engineering and Ship Building at various places in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Surat & Baroda. Under this CoE with total project cost of Rs. 102.00 Crores including cost of 36 globally acceptable software and its training.
Siemens Centre of Excellence on Industrial Automation at Mechanical Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology & Engineering, The Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda has been established in a renovated infrastructure in the historic premises of Kalabhavan Workshop, for which GoG has provided Rs. 2.90 crores to create infrastructure to house the laboratories such as: Automation laboratory, Mechatronics laboratory, Process Instrumentation laboratory, Electrical Laboratory, Rapid prototyping laboratory, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Simulation Laboratory, Advanced Manufacturing laboratory, CNC Programming laboratory and Design Validation laboratory. With total of almost over 9000 sq. ft. of space housing globally acceptable training modules, students of MSUB and other institutions will be enrolled to undertake various modules of programme and will be be evaluated by Siemens/ Design Tech. On successful completion, they will be provided with certification which will enable them to be acceptable globally for employment, in those modules. Almost over 80 modules are possible depending upon the need and level of training needed in the field of automation.
In the years to come it is envisaged that almost every student with basic interest in basic interest and sound fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering with adequate Computer Savyness can be harnessed into potentially globally accepted mechatronics engineer who could fit into any application oriented job involving automation. The center plans to start its own graduation and post graduation courses on Mechatronics after following requisite approval process under BoS of relevant disciplines as per the MSU’S Rules and regulations.