Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT) was established in the year 1963. SIT was one among the 14 technical institutions from the state of Karnataka to have participated in TEQIP-I. Activities initiated and carried out under TEQIP Phase-I have added good infrastructure and provided better training for faculty and staff. The institute was granted academic autonomy in the year 2007 by University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
With better infrastructure and high-quality faculty, the Institute is now geared up to achieve enhanced growth by scaling up research and development activities and closer interactions with industry. In this backdrop, the current proposal is submitted for TEQIP-II. The Institute has entered into MoU with ten institutes of higher learning such as University of Memphis (USA); RMIT (Australia), IIIT-B, Bangalore; Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore; NIT-K, Surathkal; and University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad etc. Similarly 40 MoUs are signed with industrial units, out of which 7 are Multi-National Corporations. These MoUs are meant for various activities ranging from faculty and student training to collaborative research product development and consultancy. To cater to the local needs, we have entered into MoUs with local industries and the Irrigation Department.
The proposal focuses on three major aspects of growth in future: (a) strengthening post-graduate education; (b) enhancing demand driven research and (c) increased interactions with industry. In order to get clarity on future action plan and to set realistic targets, a SWOT analysis was carried out at each department involving all stakeholders. Subsequently, a detailed strategic plan was drawn based on the inputs from SWOT analysis.
The plan for the next four years concentrates on
- Enhanced faculty and staff development
- Enhanced research and development
- Enhancing industry-institute interaction
- Collaboration with institutes of higher learning and peers from reputed institutes
- Strengthening the existing PG programmes and starting new PG programmes in 7 different areas and starting Ph.D. programmes in three engineering departments.
- Offering consultancy services and training programmes
- Strengthening laboratories for offering PG programmes and advanced research
- Strengthening learning resources and knowledge inventory
- Establishing bio-technology finishing school
- Establishing center of excellence in Nano-technology
- Establishing finishing school for the academically weaker students.
Training Need Analysis carried out in each department has helped in identifying the areas of training requirements. Strategies for scaling up enrollment to PG and doctoral programmes have been chalked out. Steps are taken for enhancing Industry-Institute interactions in terms of industry research, Joint M.Tech. guidance, industry electives, curriculum development. Action plan is drawn for innovation, product development and commercialization. The proposal for starting Bio-technology Finishing School is already submitted. It is also proposed to start centers of excellence in association with IBM and National Instruments. The institute is fully committed to implement various reforms. Sustainability plans for carrying out the activities beyond the project period are already drawn. Detailed time-bound action plans have been prepared for achieving the objectives stated in the plan and realistic targets have been fixed in each area. Based on this, publication of 61 papers and 22 patents are planned during the next four years. It is planned to start 7 new PG programmes and the strength of PG students is expected to double in 2 years and enrollment to Ph.D. will also increase significantly. The fund requirements for various activities are estimated at Rs. 4.00 Crores. The breakup of fund requirements on an annual basis is given below.
|Allocation of Funds under different Heads category wise
||Allocation of funds
||Procurement of Goods
||Teaching and Research Assistantships
||R&D and Institutional consultancy activities.
||Faculty and Staff development
||Enhanced interaction with Industry
||Institutional Management Capacity enhancement
||Institutional academic reforms
||Academic support for weak students
||Incremental Operating Cost
For the periodic Performance Audit of the Programme the SPFU has nominated Prof. D.K. Subramanyam of IISc. Bangalore as Mentor, Prof. A.K. Saxena of IIT Roorkee as Performance Auditor and Dr. Nagappa Bhajantri of Govt. Engg. College Chamarajanagar as Data Auditor.