Brig (Dr) SK Lahiri (Retd)
The year 2015-16 has been one full of challenges as its meant to be in an engineering college. By God’s grace AITians have done well again in all facets of institutional activities.
Academically, performance of the students has been admirable with 7 University rankers, and AIT continues to be amongst the best colleges under Pune University. The placement scenario also has been good with 95% placement for 2016 pass-out batch with an average salary of Rs. 5.0 lakh, and 7 making it to above Rs. 18 lakh bracket. Leading industries from all domains such as IT, ITeS, Consulting, Analytics, Manufacturing and e-Commerce are our prominent recruiters. It is indeed heartening to see a large number of our students being picked up by Amazon, Microsoft (R&D), ZS Associates, TCS, Deloitte, HSBC, Hyundai, INA Bearings, Tata Technologies, Oracle Technology GBU, Belzabar Software, Commvault Systems, Mu Sigma and other top end corporate houses. In all, 58 firms visited our campus for hiring and 57 percent were placed in high-end companies with average salary of Rs 6.20 lakh.
One noteworthy thing about this batch is their entry in well-known start-ups and international organizations like Works Applications, Amazon and Code Nation with resounding success with high pay packages like Rs 32.5 lakh and Rs 27.0 lakh and 24.0 lakh.
Our Academic Results have been encouraging again: more than 85 percent are in First Class and overall results are among the best in the University. Our first year results have again been the best out of 119 engineering colleges in Pune University.
03 patents have been filed by our students this year, with one being done by a First Year student Avinash Kumar Gupta. Two students have undergone internships abroad, while another 147 have undergone internships in institutions / firms in India, and 70 % of all student projects were industry sponsored. Our Faculty members have also done us proud by being invited for Paper presentations at National and International seminars and Dr R Jayadevan of IT Dept has just been granted Rs. 14.5 lakh research grant by SERB, DST, New Delhi. Two faculty members have recently been awarded their PhD Doctorate degree, and 27 Faculty members are also pursuing PhD programs.
Infrastructure up-gradation is one of our important focus Areas and work on the technical up-gradation of all our labs is our constant endeavour. Besides the recently upgraded Computer and E & TC labs, two new software engg labs in IT Dept (incl R & D Lab) and a CNC machine design lab , and BAJA fabrication lab in Mech Dept, and a recently upgraded 3D PLM Robotics lab in E & TC Dept are fully functional. The Incubation Centre with industry representatives mentoring AIT student teams on live business projects is another noteworthy initiative. This year’s Alumni Meet had almost 170 alumni including 2 from abroad, interact with AIT students over two days. Regional Alumni Chapters have become functional in Secunderabad and Bangalore. NKN connectivity has given us an additional 100 Mbps bandwidth, which with our Edvelop cloud computing platform would enable us to run flipped classrooms (addl 900 Mbps bandwidth will be available from NKN for this purpose).
Overall our consistent efforts towards high quality education have paid off. All round improvement is reflected by AIT now moving up in the National ranking of Engineering Institutes. Outlook has graded us at 62 in India and 29 amongst private engineering colleges by The Week. We have established institutional interaction with the Industry eg Bharat Forge, R&D Engrs, Persistent and Josh Software in student projects and in various workshops and seminars. Industry sponsored labs of NVIDIA, PhyTEC and GILL Instruments (Texas Instruments) and 3D PLM have been established. Our AIT Alumni Association is also very enthusiastic in the development of AIT as a Centre of Excellence and contributes meaningfully in all domains including placement activities.
In the coming year we hope to further improve our Academic performance, Placement as also our Overall National Ranking. 'Onward to Glory'