Good teaching methods pay off at Appa Institute of Engineering and Technology in Gulbarga
DEDICATED: Students busy on the computers at Appa Institute of Engineering and Technology
It’s the vision for the future and sheer hard work that has created a success story. An engineering college, in a short span of just four years, has turned itself into a much sought-after institution.
The Appa Institute of Engineering and Technology in Gulbarga cityhas proved that a college does not require a label but should have dedicated staff and inspirational management to achieve success. The college, which has achieved cent per cent result i
n two of the three faculties offered to the students last year, has set itself a target of repeating the same in the coming years.
The teaching staff and the President of the Sharanabasaveshwar Vidya Vardak Sangh, Sharanabasavappa Appa, are the persons behind the success story.
The Sangh, which has a chain of educational institutions in the region, waited for almost one century before taking a decision to start a professional college and the present President decided to go in for an engineering college rather than a medical college, with the aim of providing quality education in the field of software and hardware, which hold hope for the future.
According to Dr. Appa, the institution decided to establish only three faculties — Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Information Science and Engineering — in the year 2002-03 with the main aim of developing this institution on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Technology.
In the first year, there were hardly any takers for the seats and those who joined did so only because they had been rejected by reputed colleges in the State. The Appa Institute of Engineering was the “last recourse” for pursuing professional education. The young and energetic faculty members of the college took this as a challenge.
Principal of the Institute Anilkumar Bidwe said that it was not an easy task for the teachers to instil confidence in the students who had taken admission in a untested and new college and convert them into bright students. The results of the first batch of the students (2006) proved that through some hardwork and perseverance the college could achieve top results in the entire Gulbarga region which has a total of 11 engineering colleges, some of them more than 50 years old.
A total of 98 per cent of the students who came out shining in the first batch have now been placed in leading software and hardware companies including Hewlett Packard, Manhattan Associates, Huawei Technology, Mindtree Consulting Ltd, TCS, Torry Harris, MBT, Oracle, Accenture, Sonata Software, Cognizant Technologies, General Electrics, ADA, Mphasis, Dhee Labs, Trans Works and Numarks.
The final year students of the current year and the pre-final year (2008 batch) have also been successful in getting placements in IBM, Infosys, Wipro, Siemens, MBT, Caritor, Satyam, Robosoft and other companies.
Prof. Bidwe said the secret behind the success of the college was its belief in hard work and excellent facilities. After every lecture, a question is set on the topic and students have to submit the answer the next day for corrections. This helps the students to do well in the semester system.
The institute conducts a minimum of seven hours teaching per week in each subject as against the four hours stipulated by the Visvesvaraya Technological University.
The air-conditioned, digitalised library stacked with more than 12,000 books, including a science and technology encyclopaedia, is kept open round the clock. The library has access to online IEEE journals and is a member of the INDEST-AICTE consortium through which an e-library has been established with an investment of Rs. 10 lakh.
The Institute has established the Sun Knowledge Lab in collaboration with Sun Microsystems, U.S., and VTU. Sun Microsystems has provided software for training students in JAVA technology, Sevlets, Applets, EJB and J2EE on Sun Solaris workstations. The Institute has also tied up with Oracle India Ltd, through the Board of IT Education Standards, for the establishment of an Oracle lab at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
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