Fluid Power Society of India organised FPSI – Student Chapter meet in continuation to the Industry-academia interaction program on 9th February 2018 at Hotel Paraag, Raj Bhavan Road, Bengaluru. An interaction with Engineering Colleges where FPSI Student Chapters are already functioning, thereby to have exchange of ideas on effective working, improving and understanding the requirements of Academic Institutions.
- Academics: HoDs, Professors and Faculty members in charge of the Student Chapters, from JSS Academy of Technical Education, BMS College of Engineering, PES University, REVA University and NITTE Udupi.
- FPSI/Industry: Chairman Managing Director, Executive Director of Hycom Engineering India Pvt Ltd, Managing Director of Neumatica Technologies Pvt Ltd, General Manager PREAC Fluid Power, Manager of Festo India, Manager of L&T Technology & Services and Board of Advisor of FPSI.
Mr. M. Seethapathy Rao, Board of Advisor addressed the audience with his opening remark and briefed about forming FPSI Student Chapters in various engineering college offering Mechanical Engineering where Fluid Power is one of the elective. He mentioned that this was first devised in 2006 where he was part of education committee in FPSI and later it took shape post Industry-Academia interaction in 2013. The FPSI Student Chapters have come a long way now. He also mentioned that FPSI is planning to establish “Fluid Power Research Institute” in Bengaluru, which will be a central intellectual lab in India.
Mr. M. Seethapathy Rao continued that FPSI is acting as a catalyst in disseminating the knowledge of fluid power and will endeavour to do so by offering its service, thoughts and develop the fluid power industry as whole and appealed participating colleges to take this forward in students’ development. Also in recent past, lot of enquiries have been received in forming FPSI Student Chapter from various engineering colleges PAN India as they have realised the potential of fluid power subject, which find its application in various stream including metallurgy, civil, equipment manufacturing and others.
He also mentioned that FPSI will continue to offer its support where FPSI has student chapters with respect to Industry Visits, Internships, Projects and others.
He also added that the Fluid Power market size is Rs. 6,000+ crores in Indian Economy and projected to grow year on year, with Government of India’s spending on defence, construction, road, rails has increased. This will create more job opportunities to aspiring candidate in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Ramakanth Murthy, Chairman Education Committee stated that the Fluid Power job market has changed over time and now there is huge demand for fluid power control and systems and opening of various design centres mushrooming in every part of India, being setup by global players like Eaton Corporation, L&T Technologies, John Deere to name a few, where they have state-of-art “Global Engineering Centres”.
Participating colleges expressed their views and opinion to FPSI Council Members, some of the suggestion received.
- JSS Academy of Technical Education: certified training program with awareness on fluid power and application, faculty development program and placement opportunity in filling post by job offered in fluid power industry.
- BMS College of Engineering: support students with project work
- PES University: include Fluid Power as an elective subject and conduct training program
- REVA University: encourage non student members with project work
- NMAM Institute of Technology: encourage students in participating various short-term project competitions conducted by FPSI
- All the colleges felt that the FPSI programme shall be conducted in 4th and 6th semesters to attract students. This will generally be in 4th semester to attract students for fluid power courses and in sixth semester for project work selection.
Conclusion from FPSI Education Committee;
- Mr. Ramakanth Murthy C informed that there is ample scope and job opportunity in Fluid Power industry, Prof. Singaperumal added that the job ratio is 1:2 (that is 1 aspirant for 2 jobs). Thanks to Government of India initiative the aerospace and defence sector has lot of requirement apart from road construction, agriculture, plastic injection to name a few.
- Prof. Singaperumal (Retd. Emeritus Professor of IIT(M), also said the aspirant should come with creative approach. He offered his services to any aspiring student for choosing project work in fluid power related subjects. He assured that his guidance will be available for the asking.
- Mr. Srinivas Guttikar of L&T Technology mentioned that students must have a flair on the subject (Fluid Power) and should update their knowledge and keep pace with latest technology advancement in this field.
Also FPSI announced the dates for Fluid Power Professionals’ Day, where students can demonstrate their project works to FPSI industry members, which is well attended by over 100 delegates.
Such interactions will continue for better Academia-Industry understanding.