The Center for Engineering Exploration was established under guidance of Netra Accelerator Foundation, Bangalore. The activities of center are supported by India Electronics and Semiconductor Association, Electronics Skill Sector Council of India.
The center offers a multidisciplinary, design thinking driven course to first year students. The course follows Project Based Learning pedagogy.
The key drivers for project-based approach over the last few years have been: pressure from industry, accreditation bodies worldwide, and society in general that engineering graduates must demonstrate, at the end of the program, not just memorize technical knowledge, but higher competencies. They are not necessarily only engineering knowledge-based competencies, but they are also related to the professional practice.
Engineering Exploration course is being implemented by MIT Group of Institutes to encourage students to connect to societal problems and offer innovative solutions by building products. The course offers students opportunity to experience entrepreneurial approach at first year level. By the time they complete under graduate program students will have opportunity to convert these prototype products into commercial products and become successful entrepreneur. The entrepreneurial approach thus embedded in students personality will also help them in their professional job career. Student groups work on identified needs and develop solutions using engineering design process. The course utilizes a mixed mode of delivery, where discussion with instructors and hands on activities are combined to provide better understanding of concepts.
The course has feature of continuous in semester evaluation. At the end of each module and activity students are evaluated and assigned grades. As per university, the course is for 1 credit. We have categorically included Ethics and Sustainability part along with engineering modules to inculcate professional ethics and know responsibility towards environment.