Academics: KLS Gogte Institute of Technology

Dr. A.S. Deshpande,PrincipalSharpening the 'I's of Education
The term employability is all related to the alphabet 'I,' which stands for Industry, Institute and Interaction.These three factors together build the required skill sets, making the students worthy for a job.

KLS Gogte is well equipped and supported with 250 highly qualified and motivated workforces to shelter over 4500 students

Hence, the industry-institute interaction has become the most preferred activity for all the technical institutions today. KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (KLS GIT), which started its journey 37 years back, is a well-focussed institute fostering employability since its inception.

With a focus on the industry-oriented learning, KLS GIT gives professional training in aptitude, communication skills, interviews and group discussions. Today, however, there is an increasing need for the partnership programs and the institute coordinates with various firms to bring out the best from the students. "Our placement officer interacted with the Microsoft team,which made them put forward an exclusive innovation centre from their side and they conduct academic programs for all the streams to crystallize their career," claims Dr. A. S. Deshpande, Principal,KLS GIT. While, the Microsoft helps the institute to achieve better placements and internship opportunities,the IBM Career Education is another major step taken by KLS GIT through which they strive to impart 100 percent placement assured training program of 300 hrs duration. The training provides guidance on the use of five industry standard tools. "The course will be certified on IBM tools and these students will be entitled as IBM certified professionals, which will additionally boost their employability," adds Dr. Deshpande.

The joint venture of the institute with Spires Engineering, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Belgaum Foundry Clusters(BFC), Japanese International Cooperation Association, United Kingdom trains the students in CATIA V5 and highly skilled professionals are rendering this training to the Mechanical/ Industrial Production and Civil Engineering students into Designing. To add on, the institute also collaborates with RGBSI in the U.S.,which is in search for highly talented students in their R and D section. "The training programs
offered by Wipro and Xento Technologies for the students inject more on their employability traits," says Dr. Deshpande, who takes pride in the increase in the number of approaching companies for recruitment and he always attributes this with the industry tie ups.
The academic year 2015-16 saw an aggressive hiring from top-notch companies with a record of 830 campus placement offers from various branches of both under graduate and postgraduate streams from Engineering, MCA and MBA. "Over the years, we have established very strong brand equity, which made us a preferred campus hiring destination for top MNC companies," says Dr.Deshpande. Almost 65 companies visited the campus for hiring season this year with TCS, Microsoft, Wipro, Mercedes Benz, Tech Mahindra, MindTree, Quest Global, Bosch, Mphasis, Continental Automotive, Online Instruments, AFCONS, Alpha9Marine, Metrofinancial, Airtel, Vodafone, BNY mellow, ITC and Axis Bank being few among them. Deshpande adds, "Companies like GE, TVS, Capgemini, Fanuc India, AshokaBuildcon, Infosys, Accenture, Kratos Engineering, and HP have already shown interest for campus placements for the coming hiring season for 2017 batch and the highest salary offered till now is Rs. 10 lakhs per annum by Microsoft."It is just not the industries; even the institute makes them ready for the job by imparting pre-placement training programs. It includes training on communication skills, verbal and other language related subjects such as resume writing, acing the interviews, etiquette, dressing sense and many more.Students are even trained for the competitive exams like CAT, GRE and so on and this kind of training is more advantageous as trainer remains available on the campus all the time. "Along with all this, we do engage Face experts in specific and focused training for TCS, Wipro, Mind tree and AMCAT based tests for the final and pre final year students," pinpoints Deshpande.

Research and innovation has been another key strength of GIT. A band of research scholars pursue for Ph.D. and M.Sc. (Engineering) by research through approved research centres in the departments of Mechanical, EC, EE, IPE, CSE, Civil Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Management Studies. The institute facilitates these research scholars with dedicated research centres in each department and the management has been generous enough in providing the funds required for the development of research centres. The research proposals also receive funding from VTU, AICTE, and VGST and so on. "Our research scholars get the expert advice from the personalities from the institutes of National repute such as IISc, Bangalore, NAL, Bangalore and many more and till now a total number of 129 scholars are pursuing research in various departments and a few have already obtained their Ph.D. We always encourage the faculty and the students to publish papers
and present their work in National and International conferences,"says Deshpande. Hence, the focus is not only on imparting technical training to the students but also on research.

The college is well equipped and supported with 250 highly qualified and motivated workforces to shelter over 4500 students. Now, the institute is a permanent affiliate and autonomous institution under Visvesvaraya Technological University and is accredited with grade A+ by NAAC. All the departments have well equipped laboratories with facilities for experiments and studies in areas like Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Biomass Gasification, Fluidized Bed Combustion Chamber, Material testing, Digital Signal Processing, High Voltage Engineering, VLSI and Advanced surveying Instruments like Total Station.

Through all this, GIT has carved a niche for itself by achieving consistent results and placements. Further, the ignition and fostering of entrepreneurial initiatives have led to the birth of several leading business managers of national and international repute. It is the rich and the enchanting legacy which has made GIT an eye catching attraction for many. KLS GIT is a flagship institute of Karnataka Law Society which is a sphere of professional education in and it has a distinction of running colleges in the fields of Law, Commerce, Engineering and Management Education. Spread across a sprawling mango meadow of over 20 acres, the institute houses seven undergraduate and nine postgraduate disciplines including MBA and MCA programs. In future, the institute's focus will be on strengthening industry tie-ups and increasing research centers to promote the quality of teaching and learning so that the institute will stand as the best among others. With a great pride, Deshpande claims, "GIT has been known for its academic credentials coupled with holistic growth in all directions and spheres and we always work to reach newer heights in the coming days."

Dr. A. S. Deshpande, Principal
Dr. A. S. Deshpande presently Principal of Gogte Institute of Technology, Belagavi.Completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from BVB College of Engineering, Hubballi followed by M.Tech. from IIT Kanpur. Obtained the Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in CAD/CAM from NITK, Surathkal.Presently working in the field of CAD, Modeling and Product Development. Successfully guided seven candidates for PhD and presently guiding Six candidates, in addition to 27 for M.Tech./M.E. He has published 38 papers in Journals and Conferences.He is member of American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE). Former Member of Academic Senate of Visvesvaraya Technological University.Visited USA, Singapore, Netherland and China on Academic assignments.