VPKBIET | Baramati

Center of Excellence (CoE)

Center of Excellence in Machine Learning and AI

To develop skills and knowledge in the domain of machine learning for creating talented and industry-ready Engineers.
  • To become a center of excellence in the domain of machine learning focusing on multi-disciplinary research.
  • To provide knowledge and skills of machine learning to faculty and students.
  • To collaborate with academic institutions and industries working in the domain of machine learning
  • To develop Center of Excellence in the area of machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • To encourage multi-disciplinary research and collaborative work with industries and institutes of repute
  • To identify employability skill-gap at the entry level and plan activities to bridge it
  • To collaborate with institutions and industries for knowledge generation, technology/knowledge transfer and consultancy
  • To identify potential job roles in the domain of machine learning
  • To provide research facilities and opportunities for quality improvement
  • To motivate faculty and students for research publications
  • To encourage students and faculty members for product development and applying for intellectual property rights
    Areas of Research (Not limited to ….)
  • Data mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Web Mining
  • Intelligent Image Processing
  • Deep Learning
  • Evolutionary Computations

    Short Term Goals
    Sr. No. Activity Priority
    1. Self-Learning High
    2. Student Projects High
    3. Exhibitions High
    4. Participation in Competitions/ Workshops / STTPs Mid
    5. Faculty Development Program Low
    6. Student Development Program / Skill Development Program Mid
    7. Expert Talks Low
    8. Industry Visits / Tech-fest Visits Low
    9. Placements High
    10. Internships High

    Long Term Goals
    Sr. No. Activity Priority
    1. Patents and Commercial Product Development High
    2. Research Publications High
    3. Multi-disciplinary Projects High
    4. National and International Collaborations Mid
    5. Research Center Mid

    Inauguration of the Center of Excellence in Machine Learning and AI

    The inauguration of the center was done by Dr. Nilesh J. Uke, Principal, K. J. College of Engineering, Pune and Dr. Vandana Joshi, Professor, College of Engineering (COEP), Pune on 16th January 2019.

  • Center of Excellence in Web Technologies

    About the Center
    Web technologies are a general term referring to the many languages and multimedia packages that are used in conjunction with one another, to produce dynamic web sites. Each separate technology is fairly limited on its own, and tends to require the dual use of at least one other such technology.

    To provide an opportunity to learn skills required for creative, effective and professional web site design and development and enhance the knowledge of Web Technologies.
  • Develop the skills required to create web applications.
  • To provide knowledge and skills of Web Technologies to students and other stockholders.
  • Gain insights into new trends and features in the web development marketplace.
    Inauguration of the Center of Excellence in Web Technologies

    The Center was inaugurated on 11th October 2019 with an Activity conducted as Mini Project Exhibition Cum Competition. The inauguration was done by Mr. M. B. Sankeshwar, Chief Executive Officer and MD, Textile Park, MIDC, Baramati. At the time of Inauguration Hon. Principal Dr. R.S. Bichkar, Dean Academics Dr. Rajveer Shastri, HOD IT Dr. S.A. Takale and other Heads of the department, Dr. D.B. Hanchate along with Senior Faculties of the Department and Institute were present.
    The center was inaugurated with Mini Project Exhibition Cum Competition as a First Activity.

  • Centre of Excellence in Plastic Waste Management

    To make students believe that, we can - and we will - help end plastic waste. At the same time focusing on developing new ways to reuse the waste plastic in building the green nation.
  • To become the centre of excellence for managing the plastic waste and to train the studentsto make the most efficient use of waste plastic.
  • To impart knowledge about the hazards of single-use plastic and plastic pollution. (Single-use plastic is a disposable material that can be used only
          once before it is either thrown away or recycled, like plastic bags, water & soda bottles, straws, plastic plates, cups, food packaging, etc.)
  • To provide research facilities and to encourage the students and faculty for developing new approaches to eradicate the plastic waste
    Focused areas of Research
  • To use the waste plastic in the form of adhesives and after compressing and moulding as insulators.(Electrical and ENTC Engineering)
  • To use the polymer waste for making concrete blocks for buildings, interior decoration, furniture and in Highway.(Civil Engineering)
  • To use the plastic waste in making fuels. (Mechanical Engineering)
    * Inauguration of the Centre of Excellence in Plastic Waste Management The inauguration of the center was done by Dr.Gulshan Relhan,Scientist (BARC, Mumbai) and Mrs. Relhan on 4th October 2019.
    Why Plastic Waste Management?
    Plastic Waste in India:
  • According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India generates close to 26,000 tonnes of plastic a day and over 10,000 tonnes a day of
          plastic waste remains uncollected.
  • According to a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) study the plastic processing industry is estimated to grow to 22
          million tonnes (MT) a year by 2020 from 13.4 MT in 2015 and nearly half of this is single-use plastic.
  • India’s per capita plastic consumption of less than 11 kg, is nearly a tenth of the United States of America (109 kg).
    Global Plastic Waste:
  • Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since 1950, and about 60% of that has ended up in landfills or in the natural environment.
  • Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled and about 12% has been incinerated, while the remaining 79% has accumulated in
         landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
  • Plastic waste, whether in a river, an ocean, or on land can persist in the environment for centuries, hence by 2050, the amount of plastic in seas and
         oceans across the world will weigh more than the fish.
    Impact of Plastic Waste:
  • Consequences for Animals: Plastic wastes have intensely affected animals in aquatic, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.

    1. Plastic ingestion upsets or fills up the digestive systems of the animals thus contributing to their death due to intestinal blockage or starvation.

    2. Marine animals can also be trapped in plastic waste where they are exposed to predators or starve to death.

    3. The plastics may also contain toxic chemicals which can harm the animal’s vital organs or biological functions.

    4. Studies show that the chemicals affect the biological and reproduction process resulting in reduced numbers of offspring.

  • Consequences for Human Health:

    1. The chemicals leached from the plastics contain compounds, like polybrominated diphenyl ether (anti-androgen), bisphenol A (mimics the natural female hormone estrogen) and phthalates (also known as anti-androgens), impact human health leading to various hormonal and genetic disorders.

    2. These chemicals can interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system and thyroid hormones and can be very destructive to women of reproductive age and young children.

  • Land Pollution: Plastics leach hazardous chemicals on land, resulting in the destruction and decline in quality of the earth’s land surfaces in term of use, landscape and ability to support life forms.

  • Air Pollution: Plastic burning releases poisonous chemicals into the atmosphere impacting general well-being and causing respiratory disorders in living beings.

  • Water Pollution: Many lakes and oceans have reported alarming cases of plastic debris floating on water surfaces, affecting a great number of aquatic creatures. It leads to dreadful consequences to marine creatures that swallow the toxic chemicals.

  • Interference with the Food Chain: : When the smaller animals (planktons, molluscs, worms, fishes, insects, and amphibians) are intoxicated by ingesting plastic, they are passed on to the larger animals disrupting the interrelated connections within the food chain.

  • Poor Drainage: Drainage system clogged with plastic bags, films, and other plastic items, causes flooding.

  • Impact on Habitats: Seafloor plastic waste sheets could act like a blanket, inhibiting gas exchange and leading to anoxia or hypoxia (low oxygen levels) in the aquatic system, which in turn can adversely affect the marine life.

  • Economic Losses: Plastic waste along shoreline has a negative impact on tourism revenue (creates an aesthetic issue). For example, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are under the plastic threat and facing the aesthetic issue because of the international dumping of plastic waste at the island.
  • Messed up Plastic Waste (plastic dumped openly): In the form of microplastics/microbeads when plastic enters the environment via inland waterways, wastewater outflows, and transport by wind or tides cannot all be filtered out once it enters the ocean.As plastics travel with ocean currents, an island of trash called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been created.

  • Bogus Biodegradable Plastic: In the absence of robust testing and certification to verify claims made by producers, fake biodegradable and compostable plastics are entering the marketplace.

  • Online or E-Commerce Companies: Apart from the plastic we consume through traditional retail, the popularity of online retail and food delivery apps, though restricted to big cities, is contributing to the rise in plastic waste.

    Microplastics: After entering into the aquatic environment, microplastics can travel vast distances floating in seawater, or sediment to the seabed. A recent study has revealed that microplastics in the atmosphere are trapped by the clouds and the falling snow. Microplastic particles are commonly white or opaque in colour, which are commonly mistaken by many surface-feeding fishes as food (plankton) and can even move up the food chain to human consumers (from eating contaminated fish/seafood/shellfish).

    Solution: Plastic Waste Management:
  • Reduce: First step in reducing plastic waste is to minimize single use plastics by supporting a tax on plastic bags, restraint on manufacturing of plastics, and using alternatives of plastic or biodegradable plastic. For example Project REPLAN (stands for REducingPLastic in Nature) launched by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) aims to reduce consumption of plastic bags by providing a more sustainable alternative.
  • Reuse: Reusing plastics can reduce the demand for new plastics; hence it can act as the natural restrain on plastic manufacturing.
  • Recycle: Plastic recycling is the process of recovering waste or scrap plastic and reprocessing it into useful products. It offers several benefits like:
    1. Economic benefits due to value addition.
    2. Generates employment.
    3. Reduces depletion of fossil fuel reserves.
    4. Reduces landfill problems.
    5. Recycling of plastics requires less energy
  • Center of Excellence in Shrinivas Ramanujan Centre for Enhancement of Mathematical Abilities (COEMA)

    About the Center
    This Centre has been established to enhance students’ mathematical abilities. It will help students improve their aptitude skills, Mathematics modelling and also to prepare for GATE and other competitive examinations.

    To empower students to design complex system with Mathematical modeling.
  • To Make Maths Fun.
  • To Make Maths popular among students.
  • To help students to improve their calculation speed using Vedic Maths.
  • Mental Math Mastery-Train your Brain.
  • Conducted Basic Maths Test to check basic knowledge of Mathematics of First year students in academic year 2019-20. (Date: 17/08/2019)
  • GATE-20 guidance programme of Mathematics during 27-28 Dec 2019.
  • Center of Excellence in PLC SCADA

    To provide skills and knowledgerequired for Automation and Robotics Industry. To enhance the employability through Interdisciplinary research.
  • To provide Industrial Training for students.
  • To strengthen Industry Institute Interaction.
  • To provide platform to students to interact with industry experts.
  • To make the facilities of project building and consultancy.
  • Industry relevant features to be added in the existing lab for uplifting the academic environment.
  • To be utilized for training of students , staff and industry persons.
  • To train the staff and utilize them to train others by organizing the hands on trainings.
  • To facilitate research facility.
  • Ability to gain knowledge on Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Will understand different types of Devices to which PLC input and output modules are connected
  • To provide the knowledge about understand various types of PLC programming languages.
  • Able to create ladder diagrams from process control descriptions.
  • Ability to apply PLC timers and counters for the control of industrial processes
    Inauguration of the Center of Excellence in PLC SCADA

    Inauguration of PLC SCADA center was done on 16th September, 2019 in the presence of Hon. Principal Dr. R.S. Bichkar and Dr. N.B. Wagh Head of Department Electrical Engineering.

  • Center of Excellence in Cloud Computing

    1. AWS Innovate 2019 Online Conference under flagship of CoE in Cloud Computing

    42 students and faculty from Departments of Computer Engineering and Information Technology attended the "AWS Innovate 2019 Online Conference" which was held on 18th July 2019. Topics covered in AWS Innovate 2019 online conference were cloud computing with database services, IoT, Machine Learning, Security Services, billing in Cloud Computing industry and education sector. This conference focused on opportunity for cloud practice and an ideal platform for AWS cloud services and commercial applications.

    2. AWS OME Conference on

    AWS OME conference was organized in association with AWS on 30 May 2019.

    3. AWS Certification Session

    One-Day session organised on “AWS Global Certification” on 2 August 2019

    Center For Adavanced Manufacturing AND Terotechnology [AMAT]

    Preamble :
    The sole objective of this center is to enhance skills in the manufacturing sector and enhance employability of students and provide a platform for faculty to explore and undertake R&D opportunities in this area. Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Terotechnology (AMAT) will be created to draw together resources of the VPKBIET Baramati, industries around and governmental funding agencies into a cooperative effort to be on the leading edge of the latest technological advances in manufacturing. The Center plans to draw upon expertise from throughout the Mechanical engineering and various other departments and the Vidya Pratishthan community as appropriate, as well as resources outside the campus. The Center also plans to involve dedicated faculty and staff that are responsible for enhancing and supporting our research progress.

    Why Manufacturing?
    According to India Brand Equity Foundation, The Gross Value Added (GVA) from the manufacturing sector is in India is estimated at US$ 395.89 billion in FY19. During April-December 2018, GVA from manufacturing at current prices grew 12.4 per cent year-on-year to Rs 288.56 trillion (US$ 395.89 billion). During 2017-18, Index of Industrial Production for manufacturing sector grew 4.50 per cent. India’s Index of Eight Core Industries advanced 4.3 per cent year-on-year during 2018-2019.

    The electronic goods industry is one of the fastest growing industries and is expected to be worth US$ 400 billion by 2020. Government is working on an export-oriented policy for Electronic products. The idea behind this policy is to promote greater exports of electronics and drive larger investments by setting up port-based electronic manufacturing clusters. Also, in October 2018, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had released a draft National Policy on Electronics.

    The Government of India has been supportive towards this growth. It set up Electronic Hardware Technology Parks (EHTPs), Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and brought about a favourable climate for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The government has also increased liberalisation and relaxed tariffs to promote growth in the sector. In addition, it has given the nod to Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) under which the central government will be offering up to US$ 1.7 billion in benefits to the electronics sector in next five years. Under the scheme, subsidy for investment in capital expenditure is provided to the extent of 20 per cent of investment in SEZs and 25 per cent of investment in non-SEZs.

    The growing customer base and the increased penetration in consumer durables segment have provided enough scope for the growth of the Indian electronics sector. Also, digitisation of cable could lead to increased broadband penetration in the country and open up new avenues for companies in the electronics industry.

    During April-January 2019, GVA from manufacturing at current prices grew 12.8 per cent year-on-year to Rs 28.54 trillion (US$ 395.56 billion).

    India’s merchandise exports grew 9.78 per cent year-on-year to US$ 302.84 billion in 2017-18. Merchandise exports recorded 9.06 per cent year-on-year growth to reach US$ 331.02 billion in FY19.

    In February 2019, the Union Cabinet passed the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) which has envisaged creation of a US$ 400 billion electronics manufacturing industry in the country by 2025. 32 per cent growth rate has been targeted globally in next five years.(Source www.ibef.org)

    Manufacturing engineers will be in demand with average salary of 7 LPA.

    Vision :
    To upkeep the rapid development of cross-industry R&D to build the awareness and know-how of manufacturing industry.
    Mission :
    Educating manufacturing leaders of tomorrow.
    Objectives :
  • To enhance skills in the manufacturing sector and enhance employability of students and provide a platform for faculty to explore and undertake R&D opportunities in
          this area.
  • To develop manufacturing facility coping with leading technologies in the sector.
  • To encourage research and collaborative work with industries andinstitutes of repute.
  • To identify employability skill-gap at the entry level and plan activities to bridge it.
  • To collaborate with institutions and industries for knowledge generation, technology/knowledge transfer and consultancy
  • To identify potential jobs for VPKBIET students in the domain of manufacturing
  • To provide research facilities and opportunities for quality improvement
  • To motivate faculty and students for research publications
  • To encourage students and faculty members for product development and applying for intellectual property rights.
    Focused Areas of Interest (Not limited to) :
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D printing / rapid prototyping technologies)
  • Non-conventional manufacturing processes
  • Process modelling and optimization
  • Product Development
  • Terotechnology Practices such as Total Productive Maintenance and related shop-floor philosophies..
  • UAVs & Robotics
  • Nanomaterial Synthesis & surface texturing (electrochemical anodization).
    Requirements :
    Software: Unigraphics NX, Catia, ProE, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, Ansys, Matlab etc.
    Hardware: 3D Printing facilities such as FDM, SLS, SLA, Non-conventional machining equipments such as Laser Beam Machining, EBM, LBW, PAC, WJM, EDM, Wire-cut EDM, FMS, Robotics Cell etc…
  • Short-term Goals:
  • Sr. No. Activity Priority
    1. Self-Learning High
    2. Student Projects High
    3. Showcasing collaborative work High
    4. Participation in Competitions / workshops/ STTPs Mid
    5. Faculty Development Programs Low
    6. Student development Programs and Skill Development Programs Mid
    7. Industry / Academia Expert Talks Low
    8. Industry Visits Tech-Fest visits Mid
    9. Placements High
    10. Internships High
  • Long-term Goals:
  • Sr. No. Activity Priority
    1. IPRs : Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, etc.. High
    2. Research Publications High
    3. Multi-disciplinary projects High
    4. National & International Collaborations Mid
    5. Research Center / Center of Excellence Mid
  • Activities Planned for Year 2019-20:
  • Sr. No. Type of Activity Title of Prog Tentative Schedule Target Audience Approx.Expenses
    1. In-house Summer Internship for students Summer Internship on Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) - 2019 10th – 15th June 2019 UG students 1,000/- (For prizes)
    2. Faculty Development Program Research & development towards future Manufacturing Technologies Jan 2020 - -
    3. Skill Development Program Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Dec. 2019 - -
    4. Seminar / Webinar Terotechnology Oct 2019 - -
    5. Participation in Project Competition - Feb 2020 - -
    6. Marketable Product Development competition In-house interdepartmental competition May -Dec 2019 - -
    7. Poster Presentation on Advanced Manufacturing Processes Poster Presentation Feb 2020 - -
    8. Industry Visits / Techfest Visits Industry Visits / Techfest Visits March 2020 - -
    9. Expert Talk Industry Experts / Acamedicians August 2019 - -
  • Target for Year 2019-20:
  • Sr. No. Activity Target Set
    1. Patents and commercial products development 05
    2. Research Publications 05
    3. National & International collaborations 05
    4. Multidisciplinary student projects 10
    5. Project exhibitions 02
    6. Participation in competitions / workshops / STTPs 10
    7. Faculty Development Program 02
    8. Student development Program / Skill development Prog 02
    9. Expert Talks 02
    10. Industry Visits / Tech-fest visits 01
    11. Placements 10
    12. Internships 10
  • Center of Excellence for Enhancement of English and Foreign Languages (CEEFL)

    To prepare students to face challenges in the outside world by providing useful material, guidance and training.
    To make students feel comfortable and confident to speak English and foreign languages to create communicative environment for themselves.
    Activities to be conducted through the Centre are as follows.
  • To make students aware about the significance of English.
  • To provide useful material on English to increase students’ linguistic competence in English.
  • To organise competitions in English .
  • To make students aware about the significance of foreign languages like German, French and other such important languages.
  • To organise guest lectures for students to create interest about foreign languages like German and French.
  • To make students aware about the useful online certification courses in English, Communication Skill, Soft Skills and foreign languages.
  • Center for Agricultural Technologies

    To develop and implement technological solutions for challenges in agricultural and allied fields like dairy and food processing.
  • To develop agricultural devices, sensors, and systems for Smart Agriculture, Precision Agriculture, Agro Robots etc.
  • To design and implement information and communication technology applications and promote effective use.
  • To establish Industrial tie ups with national organizations and agro companies.
  • To undertake projects from research organizations and agro and allied industries and employ technologies economically and with minimal
          disruption to existing practices.
  • To facilitate startups in agro and allied fields.

  • Methodology:
    Above objectives will be achieved by
  • Creating a workforce of students and faculties through experiential learning and self-paced courses like Swayam, NPTEL etc.
  • Developing prototypes though students projects in agricultural and allied fields by offering seed funding.
  • Facilitating for application of Patents with complete guidance and support.
  • Organizing workshops and seminars on current and relevant developments in agricultural sectors.

  • Outcomes Targeted (2019-20):
    Multidisciplinary Students Projects, Publications in Recognized Journals, Patents, Start Ups, Organization of Seminars and Workshops.
  • Centre for Agricultural Technologies was inaugurated by Director, Raisoni Dr. V. S. Hendre along with Principal, Dr. R. S. Bichkar on 18th Sept. 2019.
  • Dr. V. S. Hendre explaining need of technology applications in Agricultural Sector.
    Principal, Dr.Bichkar addressing students on Technology Challenges in Agricultural Sector.
    Volunteer Students and Faculty Members present for Inauguration.

  • Visit of Faculties to Infinity Drip, Baramati
  • Dr. Shastri and Dr. Bhosle visited Infinity Drip, Baramati Manufacturing setup for Drip irrigation pipes
    VPKBIET students volunteered for infinity drip during Krushik 2020
  • Students and faculties visited Sky Agro Baramati, Manufacturer in Drip Irrigation Systems at Katphal, Baramati
  • Students volunteered for Sky Agro Baramati during Krushik 2020
    Students volunteered for Sky Agro Baramati during Krushik 2020
  • Drone Demonstrations at Krushik 2020

    Team Presenting Drones to Pani Foundation Authorities
  • Faculties attended International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence Based Future Technologies in Agriculture
  • Dr. Lav Khot, WSU, Pullman
    Dr. Lav Khot, WSU, Pullman
    Dr. B. B. Gaikwad
    Inaugural Function

    Center of Excellence in Advanced Functional Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

    To train the students for developing different technologically important advanced functional nanomaterials and to fabricate different devices which are beneficial for mankind and society.
    To synthesize different technologically important nanomaterials. The broad area is as follow:
  • Electrical Engineering: Narrow and wide band gap semiconductors Solar Cells.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Polymer composite, Materials with improved mechanical properties.
  • Civil Engineering: Cementitious Nanomaterials.
  • Agrochemicals: As it is well known that in this modern era every country need to focus on increase in crop production with keeping in mind that
           excess use of pesticide insecticide and fertilizer are causing serious effects on human health.
    Through our centre initially we are focussing on following agrochemical nanomaterials:
  • Potassium Bi-carbonate - To control Fungus
  • Potassium Nitrate (N:P:K 13:00:45) - Fertilizer
  • Calcium EDTA (10% Ca) - Micronutrient
  • Potassium Dihydrogen Orthophosphate- Micronutrient
  • CabFert (Ca-6% B-5% as aminochelate) – Micronutrient
  • Borocrop (Disodium Octaborate (B- 20%)) Micronutrient
  • Iorn EDTA (12% Fe) - Micronutrient