Best Practice 1

Title of the Practice

Grow Green: Eco - Campus Initiatives

Objectives of the Practice

  • To promote the optimum utilisation of renewable resources and the protection of our environment along with its conservation.

The Context

A green, pollution free and a clean environment provides an immaculate backdrop for an effective learning experience. We have therefore left no stone unturned in the development of a green ecosystem to provide enrichment to the mind, heart and soul of the students. The eco campus concept offers MESCE to take the lead in redefining its environmental culture and developing new paradigms by creating sustainable solutions to environmental, social and economic needs of mankind.

The Practice

  • Renewable energy in Campus: The 103.16 kWp Solar power plant has been installed at MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram with 100kWp on grid. The plant is mounted on the rooftop of EEE Dept. Block, CSE Dept. Block and Architecture Block. A hybrid solar power plant is installed on the rooftop of EEE Dept., which partially powers the computer lab of the Department. Off-Grid solar power plant installed at rooftop of EEE Dept. powers the EEE HoD room including AC.
    The solar energy is effectively used in the Fountain system in front of the campus. A Solar Electric Vehicle is used inside the campus to reduce the greenhouse gas emission. Apart from this we are conducting various workshops and training programmes like Suryamitra Skill development Program, Urjamitra – Solar PV system maintenance course etc. to develop future solar technicians. A Renewable Energy Development lab is functioning in the campus to make the students understand the basic concepts involved in solar PV systems, wind farms etc. and to facilitate the research and development activities in this area.
    A wind energy system is installed in the campus to give good learning opportunities on wind energy.
  • Energy conservation measures LED light fixtures are being extensively used for all new interior renovation works in the campus. The architecture of main buildings in the campus is hospitable to the utilization as well as the conservation of natural resources and energy. The Jali works in the walls of the buildings can help to reduce the energy load of cooling and the costs associated with it. Most of the work in the campus is paperless as the college has been utilizing appropriate softwares.
  • Green Belt Development Carbon dioxide neutrality is maintained in the campus by planting different varieties of trees and plants and it improves the aesthetic of the landscape. Tree Plantation is being done every year by the NSS volunteers. Though the terrain is not ideal, students and staff who are staying near the college are using bicycles for transportation for reducing both pollution and fuel usage.
  • Waste Management Two sewage treatment plants of average capacity of 60,000Ltr. /day is available in Men’s and Ladies Hostels. The treated water is used for landscaping and toilet flushing purposes. Solid waste incinerators and biogas plants are installed in the campus for proper waste management. Also the research works on waste management are being encouraged.

Evidence of Success

  1. AICTE clean campus award 2017 Received on 2nd October 2017 in the function held at CoEP Pune.
  2. Kerala State Renewable Energy Awards 2017 Commendation certificate.
  3. College is an affiliated training centre of the Skill Council for Green Jobs(SCGJ) for the solar domain in the year 2018, 2019 and 2021.
  4. Around 1 lakh units of solar electrical energy is generated per year and wheeled to the grid.
  5. The solar electric vehicle used for the campus transport creates a positive impact on the environment.
  6. A group of students from MESCE have introduced the idea of converting a wrecked petrol bike to an electric one.
  7. College is an approved training centre of ANERT, Govt. of Kerala and National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), New Delhi, Govt. of India.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

Though the cost for solar power has decreased over the years, it’s still an expensive investment. Since we were the first educational institution in Kerala, installing the grid connected solar power system the process was delayed due to the lack of proper regulations and guidelines. For maximum power generation regular cleaning of solar panels is necessary. As the automatic cleaning system is expensive we use manual methods.

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Solar Panels - EEE Block

Solar Panels - EEE Block
Solar Panels - EEE Block

Solar Panels - CSE Block

Solar Panels - CSE Block
Solar Panels - CSE Block

Solar Panels - Architecture Block

Solar Panels - Architecture Block

Solar power plant in the campus

Solar power plant in the campus

Solar Electric Vehicle

Solar Electric Vehicle

Solar Fountain

Solar Fountain

Paper cutting regarding the Solar Electric Vehicle constructed by MESCE Students

Paper cutting regarding the Solar Electric Vehicle constructed by MESCE Students

Wind mill at EEE block

Wind mill at EEE block

Renewable Energy Development Lab

Renewable Energy Development Lab
Renewable Energy Development Lab
Renewable Energy Development Lab
Renewable Energy Development Lab

Urjamitra classes for different batches

Urjamitra classes for different batches
Urjamitra classes for different batches
Urjamitra classes for different batches

Solar power plant installation course

Solar power plant installation course
Solar power plant installation course

Energy Conservation - LED Lightings in Fab Lab and Seminar Halls

Energy Conservation - LED Lightings in Fab Lab and Seminar Halls
Energy Conservation - LED Lightings in Fab Lab and Seminar Halls
Energy Conservation - LED Lightings in Fab Lab and Seminar Halls

Green Belt Development

Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development
Green Belt Development

Plantation

Plantation
Plantation

Waste Management - Waste water treatment plant at LH and MH

Waste Management - Waste water treatment plant at LH and MH
Waste Management - Waste water treatment plant at LH and MH

Waste Management - Biogas Plant

Waste Management - Biogas Plant

Waste Management - Solid Waste Decomposer at LH

Waste Management - Solid Waste Decomposer at LH

Evidence of Success - AICTE clean campus award 2017 received on 2nd October in the function held at CoEP Pune

Evidence of Success - AICTE clean campus award 2017 received on 2nd October in the function held at CoEP Pune

Evidence of Success - College is affiliated as a training center of the skill council for green jobs for the solar domain

Evidence of Success - College is affiliated as a training center of the skill council for green jobs for the solar domain
Evidence of Success - College is affiliated as a training center of the skill council for green jobs for the solar domain
Evidence of Success - College is affiliated as a training center of the skill council for green jobs for the solar domain

Evidence of Success - Kerala State Renewable Energy Awards 2017 Commendation Certificate

Evidence of Success - Kerala State Renewable Energy Awards 2017 Commendation Certificate
Evidence of Success - Kerala State Renewable Energy Awards 2017 Commendation Certificate

Evidence of Success - Solar Generation Per Annum

Evidence of Success - Solar Generation Per Annum

Evidence of Success - Solar Electric Vechicle

Evidence of Success - Solar Electric Vechicle

Evidence of Success - Project on waste management - Converting a petrol bike to an electric bike

Evidence of Success - Project on waste management - Converting a petrol bike to an electric bike

Evidence of Success - Suryamitra skill development program

Evidence of Success - Suryamitra skill development program

Best Practice 2

Title of the Practice

MES Innovation Centre

Objectives of the Practice

  • To make our institution as a technology centre for creating job ready engineers.
  • To encourage students to pick up research, become innovators / entrepreneurs, to acquire knowledge in intellectual serving of the society.
  • Establishing Guidance centres in schools and arranging open house programs for giving an exposure of the advanced facilities of the institution to the teachers, students and the general public.
  • To document and propagate the modern techniques of energy conservation.
  • To engage in environmental enrichment and conservation activities by creating awareness among the community on the importance of environmental protection.
  • The Context

    Technical institutions are to be considered as natural incubators of creativity. They have a big role to play in boosting the economy of the country. Most of the Institutions of technology give thrust only to two aspects- Technological excellence and employability enhancement. But in an ideal professional institution, apart from the above two aspects, five more components must be given adequate importance – expertise in research, growth of innovations, knowledge in intellectual property rights, knowledge in entrepreneurship, and an inclination to serve the society. In the developed countries this aspect forms the very guiding principle of technical education where the technical knowledge acquired through the institution is used for taking up jobs ,developing products, protecting the knowledge or a know how through a patent and using the products for the benefit of the society.

    The Practice

    MES Innovation Centre has been established for creating an ecosystem for innovations and has put forward many initiatives for the creation and transfer of knowledge. FAB Labs (digital fabrication laboratories) were set up as a part of MES Innovation centre to inspire student community, researchers, faculty members and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products and prototypes by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology. It was established in the year 2017 by Kerala Technological University and Kerala Startup Mission in collaboration with MIT, USA.
    FABLAB is regularly conducting FDPs, Technical Student training Programs and even training for School students and teachers. A variety of innovative ideas were developed and prototypes were made as a part of training. The lab is open to the public and other institutions.
    IEDC established in the year 2015 is another component of MES Innovation Centre and is supported by Kerala Startup Mission. An IPR cell as a part of the MES Innovation Centre highlights the importance of Patents and patentable inventions among students and the faculty. The centre periodically conducts seminars, workshops and expert talks to emphasise the importance of IPR and related matters and gives guidelines to students and the faculty on the procedures to be followed to document patent applications. College is also registered in Institute’s Innovation Council under Ministry of Education.
    A guidance centre of the Community Service Centre is established in around 20 schools in the vicinity of the institution after consultation with the management/head master of the schools. A Make Things Lab is established in each school belonging to the cluster. Make things Labs contain working models/educational kits for learning lessons in science and a set of simple hand tools and equipment’s to encourage students to make products by themselves. Teachers of the schools falling in the cluster are offered training programmes on the use of different categories of equipment and measuring instruments. The facilities available in the institution are exposed to them in an open house programme in which teacher representatives from schools got an opportunity to know the facilities of the institution. The open house programs are expected to enhance the practical knowledge of the teachers and their ability to create fervor for enterprises and entrepreneurship among students. A New Normal Lab is also functioning in the college under community service centre.
    A faculty start-up has been incubated in MES- TBI to disseminate the innovation centre ideas and products to the community.

    Evidence of Success

    1. 'AYUDA’ a six wheeled robot developed by our students in FABLAB won the first prize and bagged a cash prize worth 1.5 Lakh rupees in the National level competition DRUSE conducted by DRDO. DRUSE (DRDO Robotics and Unmanned Systems Exposition).
    2. MESCE has been selected as the Best IEDC in Kerala by KSUM and received many awards. The innovative product Manhole Robot- “BANDICOOT” developed by GENROBOTICS was the Start Up established in our institution and is declared as one of the best Start Ups in India.
    3. Team Prosthetic of MESCE has become Asian Champion of Innovation Challenge organized by IEEE SS12 2018 Project Competition held at NSBM Green University, Srilanka.
    4. One patent was received for ‘Micro Sprinkler’ under the guidance of Prof. C P Mohammed from ME Department. Applications for four patents were filed by our faculties.
    5. The expert committee of Kerala Startup Mission approved the IOT lab in the institution in 2016 and it is the one among the selected 20 colleges for setting up IoT lab.
    6. Hand free dispenser developed by Principal MES college of Engineering Kuttippuram is installed at various schools at Malappuram District and Malappuram collectorate office.

    Problems Encountered and Resources Required

    Innovation centre is a brand new concept with its own unique characteristics, and hence requires a high level of involvement. Finding a good bunch of student group with a strong will and ability to work on a volunteer basis, invoke the group’s service thinking and is technically capable is often harder. The selection of the cluster schools in the nearby locality and to make the teachers aware of the MES community centre was somewhat difficult. The Hand free dispenser was a success but the use of legs for the operation feels little difficulty among people. It may be due to the inertia to change in usual practice of normal hand operated machines.

    Gallery

    3D Printer

    3D Printer

    Vinyl Cutting Machine

    Vinyl Cutting Machine

    IEDC Activities

    IEDC Activities
    IEDC Activities
    IEDC Activities

    IPR Cell

    IPR Cell
    IPR Cell

    CSC Activities

    CSC Activities
    CSC Activities
    CSC Activities
    CSC Activities
    CSC Activities
    CSC Activities

    Evidence of Success - 'AYUDA'

    Evidence of Success - 'AYUDA'

    Evidence of Success - Genrobotics team

    Evidence of Success - Genrobotics team
    Evidence of Success - Genrobotics team

    Evidence of Success - Team Prosthetic of MESCE

    Evidence of Success - Team Prosthetic of MESCE

    Evidence of Success - Patent

    Evidence of Success - Patent
    Evidence of Success - Patent

    Evidence of Success - Best IEDC

    Evidence of Success - Best IEDC

    Evidence of Success - Hand Free Dispenser

    Evidence of Success - Hand Free Dispenser
    Evidence of Success - Hand Free Dispenser

    Evidence of Success - Cluster Meeting

    Evidence of Success - Cluster Meeting
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