Local institute meets global standards

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FULL PACKAGE With a well-stocked library, good hostel space and impressive sports facilities, life in PESIT is comfortable to students.

Peoples Education Society, popularly known as PES, has educational institutions in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, offering diverse courses in Engineering, Medicine, Management and Life sciences. The vision of PES is to create professionally superior and ethically strong global work force. In Bangalore, PES has three campuses. While the campuses on Hosur Road and Banashankari offer courses in Engineering, the one in Hanumanthnagar offers Bacherlor’s and Master’s degree courses.

Started in 1988, the 25-acre campus of the PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) in Banashankari III Stage is state-of-the-art, where the infrastructure blends very well with natural spaces.

The courses offered in PESIT are undergraduate, post-graduate and PhDs. The college offers courses in various streams of Engineering — Computer Science, Manufacturing Science, Automotive, Digital Electronics and Communications Systems, etc. All these courses are affiliated to VTU. The college also offers courses in languages like English, French, German and Japanese, that can be learnt through self-learning kits available on the campus.

Research focus

Two distinctive features of this campus are that many IT companies like Tidaldata, Erudite Technologies and Quest on CAD-CAM solutions have set up their offices here, enabling students and faculty to get exposed to market projects directly, while the other aspect is CORI (Crucibles of Research and Innovation), which ropes in many key resource persons of national and international repute to conduct and guide inter-disciplinary research work in the college. This process has opened up new possibilities in areas like robotics, remote sensing, intelligence, use of algae as a fuel for cars, etc.

Currently, 7-8 students pursuing their Mtech course are involved in research. Engineering students from other institutions also use this facility.

According to the CEO, Prof Jawahar Doreswamy, “PES can be best described through the acronym SPIRIT, which stands for Students, Process, Identity, Results, Infrastructure and Teachers, strategies that enable PESIT to go to the next level of excellence.”
Some key steps which have enabled PES to meet global standards are:

*Benchmarking the syllabus according to the standards of the best institutions of the world

*Removal of choice-based examination process

*Rigorous evaluation process

According to Prof Doreswamy, students are selected through the Common Entrance Test (CET). PESIT follows a four-year quality cycle with varied parameters and norms to adapt to changes and build a better learning experience for students.  Apart from standard teaching practices, PESIT lays stress on the total student development programme based on value-added courses to help students perform better. PESIT also addresses the special needs of differently-abled students, especially those with learning disabilities.

There are various positive reinforcement strategies like performance incentives to motivate students to perform better and compete with global market standards. As far as infrastructure is concerned, facilities like WIFI connectivity, play grounds, hostels, libraries, computers, classrooms, conference halls, seminar rooms, labs, auditorium, food joints, amphitheatre, controlled access to computer, and two-storeyed building for the parking of vehicles make this place any aspiring student’s dream destination.

Currently, there are about 4,000 students in PESIT. The college hostel can accommodate about 1,000 boys and 500 girls and students from all states of the country and outside like UAE, Sri Lanka, South Korea, USA, Thailand are currently studying in this institution.

Academics

PESIT also offers incubator services for start-ups. The institute also boasts of a good team of faculty members. They are selected from ace institutes like IITs, IIMs and IISc. About 20% of teachers are doctoral degree holders. The library at PESIT is well-equipped with over 15,000 books related to different topics and e-journals as well.

Some unique programmes which are offered at PESIT are ‘Meet the CEO’ programme that enables students to discuss management strategies with CEOs from different IT companies, and the ‘Student Assistantship Programme’ that helps students to work under a faculty member to prepare teaching-learning materials or to jointly present a paper on a particular subject. The student learns and earns a stipend of Rs 25 per hour.

Another distinctive feature of PESIT is the gifted child programme which is meant for five per cent of students with extraordinary abilities in every department. Currently, about 30 such students are assigned to key resource persons who give them special projects, provide counselling and mentor them to meet market demands.

When we spoke to a bunch of students at the campus, Disha Gupta, a Bio-Tech student, said proudly, “PESIT has an advanced syllabus and gives a practical point of view of everything. It is a complete package for engineering students.” Some other students added that they felt very lucky to be in PESIT. However, a few students said that discipline imposed on them was just too much for them to handle, while a few others felt the need for more informal teacher-student interactions.

PESIT takes pride in their vibrant cultural activities. Infact, Phenom, a famous rock band in Bangalore, originiated in PESIT. ‘Aatmatrisha’, an annual techno-cultural festival, is the latest craze in the city for youngsters. ‘Prakalpa’ is another event which displays 500 best projects.

The community development programme of PESIT includes 17 schools from the neighbourhood, which are adopted by PESIT and provided with various infrastructural facilities. About 10 students selected through CET from rural backgrounds receive free education in PESIT every year.

All these initiatives might realise Prof Jawahar’s dream - “If Stanford University is what it is in 150 years, I should atleast be an equivalent of Stanford in 1/3rd of that time. We have the benefit of technology and experience, and we can inculcate the best practices in the world.”

For further information, browse through www.pes.edu.

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