The National Institute of Technology – Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal, will soon open a Center for Sustainable Energy Engineering, according to its Director (Additional Charge) Prasad Krishna.
Speaking at the inauguration of the two-day 14th Global Conference of NIT-K Alumni Association in Suratkal on Friday, he said that initially it will offer PhD program under inter-disciplinary mode.
It may be mentioned here that Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, while visiting NIT-K for its 20th convocation this October, had suggested it to open a full-fledged sustainable energy department. He appreciated the thrust being given by the institute in the use of green energy.
Shri Krishna, an alumnus of NIT-K, in his address on Friday said that the institute is working towards adopting a corporate model to handle alumni affairs.
e-dirt bike launch
An electric dirt bike designed and developed by the e-mobility team at the Center for System Design at NIT-K in collaboration with SEG Automotive and supported by the batch of 1979 alumni was unveiled on the occasion. The bike is meant for rescue operations by government agencies. It will be useful for NDRF in rescue operations in avalanche areas, landslide areas, and natural calamities as well as for coastal police, army and coast guard personnel in sandy or muddy terrain. It can be used for rescue operations during natural calamities.
There was an ‘Entrepreneur Lane’ where products developed/manufactured by alumni from across the world were displayed. There was an ‘Author’s Corridor’ which displayed books written by NITK alumni. Indian author Vasudendra addressed the gathering on the topic ‘Why Literature for Engineers’, NIT-K said in a release on Saturday.
The conference included several educational, cultural and creative activities and events. More than 500 alumni and their families participated in the conclave that concluded on Saturday.