A 5 day, faculty development programme on ‘Recent Advances in Industrial Drives & Control’ was hosted from 09th to 13th July 2018 in the college campus for the Post Graduate (PG) students and faculties of the Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) of SBCE as well as other colleges in Kerala. The FDP was formally inaugurated on 9/7/2018 by Dr. B. Premlet, Professor in Physics, MES Institute of Technology and Management, Chathannoor & Former HoD, Dept. of Physics, T K M College of Engineering, Kollam, in the presence of Dr. S. Suresh Babu, Principal, SBCE, Sri. K. K. Sivadasan, Treasurer, SBCE, Prof. Vinod V P, HOD, EEE, SBCE, Mr. Vishnu J and Ms. Gayathri V, FDP Coordinators, by lighting the lamp.
The FDP was intended to develop awareness among PG students, researchers and faculties regarding the significance of Modern trends in modelling, simulation and control of complex systems for various new generation applications. In order to maximize the industrial efficiency, new technologies for control, drive systems and power electronic applications are to be incorporated in system design to reduce operating cost and to improve quality of services. Through this programme, it was intended to introduce recent developments in Power Electronics Devices, Circuits and its applications. Practical sessions on drives for special electrical machines, Maxwell Tools, Simulink etc. was provided.
The FDP was attended by 33 participants, which included 10 external participants. The invited talks in the FDP highlighted the latest designs of various Electrical Drives available in the market, their control algorithms and its special applications. Hands-on sessions were conducted by VI Microsystems, Chennai, PACE Lab, Cochin & TIERA Pvt. Ltd., Trivandrum. The key-note speakers of each day were from reputed institutions within India. The forenoon session on first day was handled by Dr. B. Premlet, who explained the applications of Electro Magnetic Theory in Electrical Drives. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Akash Rajan & Mr. Shino G Babu, TIERA Pvt. Ltd., Trivandrum, conducted a hands-on session on ‘Introduction to FPGA Controllers in LabVIEW’. The second day was handled by Dr. K.A. Navas, Associate Professor & Head, Department of ECE, Govt. Engineering College Kannur. The full day session mainly focused on the Introduction, Basics & Design of Converters. On third day, there was a hands-on session on Real Time Implementation – Application of MATLAB – Power Electronics & Drives by PACE Lab, Cochin headed by Mr.Aslam. On the fourth day, the forenoon lecture was conducted by Sri. A.D.Ranganathan, BEE Certified Energy Manager, Senior Resource Person of EMC & Former Executive Engineer, KSEB on Devices & Controls in Energy Management and afternoon lecture by Dr. Shankar N on Introduction to Controllers, optimization techniques & LabVIEW software. On the last day, a hands-on session was conducted by VI Microsystems, Chennai on Special Electrical Machnies & Drives. The FDP was finally concluded on 13-07-2018 evening, after a closing ceremony convened by Prof. Vinod V P, HOD, EEE.