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Industrial Visit Under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) by JCRE

Industrial Visit Under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) by JCRE was organised by Manipur Technical University on 7thAugust 2019 at the University Campus.

Highlight of the event

Date: 7th August 2019
Time: 10.30 am to 2.15 pm
Venue: Academic and Laboratory Building, Manipur Technical University, Imphal
Mode of the event: Industrial Visit

Request Letter

Visiting School

Praja High School, Lamsang.

Resource Person

The visit was successfully conducted with the help of the Head of Departments of Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, the faculties. Technical team, Assistant Librarian and laboratory technical assistants of the respective departments at the various laboratories, library and server room.

Event In-Charge

The visit was organized by the JCRE under the RMSA scheme. From the University the event was Co-ordinated by Debina Laishram, Assistant Professor from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Participants

Total of 43 Secondary and Higher secondary students of class IX and X along with their Teacher in-charge Anjali Tejmala.

Aim and Objective

The industrial visit by organized by JCRE under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) to educate the secondary and higher secondary government school students about the innovative field of engineering studies. The objective of the visit was to familiarize the students about various technical disciplines and their scope if they wish to pursue. The visit also aimed to promote the university across the state.

Event Schedule
Time Group I Group II Group III
10:30 am-11:15 am Physics & Chemistry Dept. EE & CSE Dept. Mechanical & ECE Dept.
11:15 am-12:00pm Mechanical & ECE Dept. Physics & Chemistry Dept. EE & CSE Dept.
12:00am-12:45 pm EE & CSE Dept. Mechanical & ECE Dept. Physics & Chemistry Dept.
12:45pm-1:30pm CE Dept. CE Dept. CE Dept.
1:30pm-2:00pm Server Room
2:00pm-2:15pm Library
 
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Dr. Ningombam Swapana, Head of Department and the laboratory assistants engaged the students in the Chemistry Lab.

Dr. Ningombam Swapana, Head of Department and the laboratory assistants engaged the students in the Chemistry Lab.
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Future Action Plan

The visit has widened the perspective of the students as they now have visually experienced the work and study of Technical education. The university encourages and plans to host such visits in future. In the successive visits, the university will emphasize the following:

  • Educate and reach out to higher secondary students who are interested in Engineering.
  • To impart knowledge about the state-of-the-art technical laboratory facilities in the university, students do not need to go outside the state for technical education.
  • Host full day activity related to school students. Enhance support for learners to make informed career choices.
  • Create a greater diversity of learning opportunities beyond school.
  • Coordinate with JCRE and more such organizations to indulge in schemes like RMSA.
Outcome and Concluding Remarks

The gap between theoretical learning and practical exposure is truly bridged by industrial visits. The importance of commercial visits is specified it’s been created necessary in several institutions.  Also, students are always interested in what kind of work they’d be doing once getting into their preferred industry. Through industrial visits, they’ll clarify their doubts and silence their curiosities. They’ll communicate with individuals and organizations to urge a transparent plan of their dream job.

It was a great opportunity for the students to experience this field of education, the wide scope it offers. The educational trip was very informative and gave the students a feel of the hard work, education and training in becoming a successful engineer in the field of Civil, Computer science, Electronics & Communication, Electrical and Mechanical engineering. The university was extremely proud and happy to have been a part of it.

Acknowledgement

 

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A Five-day Workshop on Satellite Technology and Applications

A Five-day Workshop on Satellite Technology and Applications was organised by the Department of Physics of MTU under the aegis of TEQIP-III.

Highlight of the workshop
Date: 5th to 9th August, 2019
Time: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm
Venue: Room No. 6, Academic Building, Manipur Technical University, Imphal
Mode of the event: Presentation

Resource Persons:

1. Dr. Raghavendra Pratap Singh, Scientist- G, Space Applications Centre-ISRO, Ahmedabad
2. Dr. Sandip Rashmikant Oza, Scientist- SG, Space Applications Centre-ISRO, Ahmedabad
3. Dr. Abha Chhabra, Scientist- SF, Space Applications Centre-ISRO, Ahmedabad
4. Shri. Victor Saikhom, North Eastern Space Applications Centre, Umiam, Meghalaya

Brief bio-data of the resource persons
  1. Dr. Raghavendra Pratap Singh is currently Scientist G at SAC-ISRO. He did his M.Sc in Physics at IIT-Delhi and PhD at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is the Principal Investigator of Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer onboard the Mars Orbiter Mission.
    His research interest is on hydrological modelling. He is a recipient of Prof PR Pisharoty Memorial Award from the Indian Society of Remote Sensing. Dr. Singh is an associate fellow of Gujarat Science Academy (GSA) and an Associate Editor, Journal of Geomatics. Dr. Singh has got a number of publications in reputed international/national journals.
  2. Dr. Sandip Rashmikant Oza is currently working as Scientist- SG at Sac-ISRO. He completed his MSc and PhD in Physics from Gujarat University. He is at present leading the Polar Science activities at SAC. He has been a recipient of ISRO Team Excellence Award twice. Moreover, he is among the very few Indians who have been on expeditions to all the three icy regions of Earth- the Arctic, the Antarctic and the Himalayas. He has contributed to the establishment of state-of-art image processing and GIS laboratory at Remote Sensing and Communication Centre (RESECO), Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Dr. Oza is an associate fellow of Gujarat Science Academy. Dr. Oza has published a number of papers in reputed international/national journals.
  3. Dr. Abha Chhabra is currently working as Scientist- SF at SAC-ISRO. She has got MSc and PhD in Environmental Science. Her primary research interest is on the remote sensing applications for environmental studies particularly, in biogeochemical nutrient cycling, environmental pollution and air quality monitoring to cite a few. She is also a recipient of Prof. PR Pisharoty Memorial Award from the Indian Society of Remote Sensing. She is now the coordinator for developing ISRO’s new Space Technology Incubation Centres at various academia. She coordinates with various academia for research projects under Space Technology Cell and RESPOND programme of ISRO. Dr. Chhabra is a recipient Prof PR Pisharoty Memorial Award from the Indian Society of Remote Sensing. She has got a number of publications in various international and national journals of repute.
  4. Shri Victor Saikhom is currently Scientist- SE at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam. He did his BE in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Govt. College of Technology, Coimbatore and MTech in Remote Sensing and GIS at JNTU, Hyderabad. His field of interest includes digital photogrammetry using satellite as well as UAVs, digital image processing and geoinformatics to cite a few. He is a recipient of National E-Governance Award in recognition of his scientific contributions especially, about his keen interest to spread the knowledge of satellite technology in the NE regions
Coordinator:

Dr. Rajkumar Kamaljit Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, MTU

About the workshop

In today’s world of science and technology, every powerful nation is trying to develop new tools and ideas for space exploration that can help mankind in one way or the other. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with an insightful vision of harnessing space technology for national development, is pursuing space science research and planetary exploration. In this workshop, eminent scientists from two important centres for space science and technology, the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad and the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), Umiam (Meghalaya) under the Department of Space, Govt. of India, would deliver expert talks. The target audience for this programme are the undergraduates of the Manipur Technical University.

Objectives

The following topics will be covered in this programme:
– Remote Sensing: Overview of EO Sensors & Applications
– Cryosphere and Climate Change
– Vegetation Dynamics
– Advances in Earth and Planetary Sciences
– Research and Training Opportunities at ISRO
– RS & GIS applications status & plan ahead for NE India
– Use of UAV in remote sensing

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Dr. Raghavendra Pratap Singh (Scientist- G, SAC-ISRO) giving lecture on fundamentals of satellite technology on 5 August, 2019.

Dr. Raghavendra Pratap Singh (Scientist- G, SAC-ISRO) giving lecture on fundamentals of satellite technology on 5 August, 2019.
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Future Action

We would like to organize such workshops to impart the technical knowhow to the students as well to expose the students to industrial experts.

Workshop Outcome

The workshop was attended for the undergraduate students of the University. They could learn from this workshop the fundamentals of satellite remote sensing in a nutshell. Various applications of earth-observing satellites in remote sensing have been explained meticulously by the learned speakers. Special emphasis on the applicability of remote sensing in the North-East region was also mentioned. Research opportunities (through Space Technology Cells and RESPOND) and employability.

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An Industrial Visit for ECE Department to the Loktak Power Station

An Industrial Visit to the Loktak Power Station was organised by the Department of Electronics and Communication, Manipur Technical University under the sponsorship of TEQIP-III on 28th April 2019.

About the event

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering have organised the Industrial Visit at Loktak Power Station (Leimatak) NHPC Private Ltd. to impart the technical knowledge required for Hydro-Electric Power generate (industrial). A team of 30 members along with students, faculties, bus drivers and cooks joined the industrial visit at Loktak Power Station located at Leimatak area which is 38 km away from the heart of Imphal.

Highlights
  • Date: 28th April, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Loktak Power Station, Churachandpur District, Manipur.
  • Mode of the event: Industrial Visit
  • Participants: Students of 2nd and 4th semester students of ECE
Aim and Objective

To understand the working and implementation of Hydro-Electric Power generation.

Resource Persons

Engineers from Loktak Power Station

Coordinator

Dr. Biraj Shougaijam, Assistant Prof. & Head, ECE Dept., Manipur Technical University, Takyelpat

Coordinator’s Statement

The students have gained the fundamental knowledge and also got the exposures to the real working environment of an industry which will make them ready and prepared themselves as per the industry requirement. The event was successfully held and the students were satisfied with such an industrial visit. They suggested to go more such industrial visit in the near future.

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One Day Industrial Visit to the Loktak Power Station

One day Industrial visit was organised by the Department of Electrical Engineering, MTU under the sponsorship of TEQIP-III on 23rd April, 2019 at the Loktak Power Station NHCP Limited. 

About the Visit

The objective of the visit was to give exposure to the students about the operation, control and construction features of hydropower electricity generation in real life. Hydropower generation is studied in 5th semester of Electrical Engineering.

A total of 24 pre-final year students visited the industrial site accompanied by three faculty members and three laboratory staffs of the department. Mr N Jogendra (SM, Electrical ) explained thoroughly about the operation, control and construction features to the students.

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One Week Workshop on Curriculum Reforms

One Week Workshop on “Curriculum Reforms” was organised by Manipur Technical University under the sponsorship of TEQIP-III from 1st April to 5th April 2019 at the conference hall of the university.

About the Workshop

The workshop reviewed and analysed the existing practices in the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum, particularly in the development of competency-based curriculum, in the field of technical education and facilitating the exchange of experiences among the participants. The workshop was sponsored by the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme – III, under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India. The workshop was conducted as a Twinning Activity with our mentor institute, College of Engineering Pune.

Resource Persons
  1. Prof.(Dr) Gautam Sutradhar, Director, NIT Manipur
  2. Prof.(Dr) Khumanthem Manglem Singh, Professor, CSE Dept., NIT Manipur
  3. Prof.(Dr) S.D. Agashe, Professor, ICE Dept., COEP, Pune
  4. Prof.(Dr) Urmila Kar, Professor and Head, Education & Management Dept, NITTTR, Kolkata
  5. Prof.(Dr) Amarendra Kumar Das, Director, IIIT, Senapati, Manipur
Coordinator

Pinky Khundrakpam, Assistant Prof., ECE Dept. and Academic Nodal Officer, TEQIP-III, Manipur Technical University, Takyelpat

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Future Action

The knowledge gained will be applied in a future review of curriculums and Virtual Lab in association with the College of Engineering, Pune will be established.

Outcome

Outcome-based education model was thoroughly explained and discussed. The framing of mission, vision, program educational outcomes and course outcomes were discussed. The virtual laboratory of the College of Engineering Pune was demonstrated and invitation of becoming nodal institute was extended.

Acknowledgement

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Faculty Development Programme on Pedagogy

Five days Faculty Development Programme on Pedagogy was organised by the Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics of Manipur Technical University from 26th March to 30th March 2019. The event is sponsored by TEQIP III.

About the Workshop

The programme intends to develop various strategies pertaining to teaching for effectively improving the process of teaching-learning by discussing major concepts and practices. The targeted audience for this programme is all the teachers who are imparting higher education to students for sustainable growth and development of the society. The outcome of this programme is expected to bring about a healthy enhancement in the academic and intellectual environment at their respective institutions of the participating faculties.

Objectives
  • To understand the philosophy of teaching and the role of a teacher
  • To develop effective teaching skills for attaining excellence in higher education
  • To enable them to develop suitable tools of evaluation
  • To enable the participants to communicate effectively in the classroom
  • To appreciate the relevance of active teaching methods for better student learning
Resource Persons
  1. H Jayantakumar Singh, Department of Mathematics, DM College of Science (Retd.)
  2. W. Jyotirmoy Singh, Associate Professor, DM College of Teacher Education
  3. Shri Kh. Dineshkumar Singh, Associate Professor, DM College of Teacher Education
  4. Th. Monica Devi, Assistant Professor, Department of Teachers’ Education, Manipur University
Coordinators
  1. Rajkumar Kamaljit Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, MTU
  2. Ningombam Swapana, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, MTU
  3. Anand Jyoti Sanasam, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, MTU
  4. Thokchom Chhatrajit Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, MTU
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Outcome

From this workshop, it is learned that

  • the basic activities a teacher should do to help students learn and progress
  • the basics required to assess students in an organized and professional way
    • Assessment for Learning
    • Assessment as Learning
    • Assessment of Learning
  • the importance of all the above assessments and their relationship

This workshop has also convinced the participants

  • the need to adopt “Design of Question Paper” for each paper not only in the basic sciences but also in engineering subjects
  • the need to understand the objective of each question and test the students

Rationality for adopting “Design of Question Paper”

  • to minimize heterogeneity to objectives of questions, forms of questions, content, scheme of section, scheme of option and difficulty level
  • to bring balanced questions in every evaluation and assessment
  • to increase reliability in “Assessment of Learning”
  • to improve the validity and reliability of the grades (marks) of students
Acknowledgement

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Two-Days Workshop on Basics of Deep Learning and its Applications

A two Days Workshop was organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering on 19th March- 20th March 2019 sponsored by TEQIP III. The workshop was held in the Conference Hall of the univeristy. Sixth-semester and fourth-semester students of CSE Department participated in the workshop.

About the Workshop

The Two-Days’ Workshop on Deep Learning and its Applications was hosted with the prime intention to introduce the exciting applications of industrial-research works carried out using feature engineering and machine learning techniques regarding deep learning to the students.
Starting from the basics of Machine Learning and Neural Networks, the resource persons delivered the required preliminaries smoothly. The main topics delivered were Convolutional Neural Nets, Recurrent Neural Nets, Autoencoders, Restricted Boltzmann Machines, etc. Applications in the domains of Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Path Planning, were also discussed.

Aim and Objectives
  1. Learn the basic principles of neural computing based machine learning techniques
  2. Learn how to use neural computing in solving computational problems like Text Mining, Sentiment Analysis, Object Recognition.
  3. Learn the basics and applications of CNNs, RNNs, andAutoencoders.
Resource Persons

1. Dr. Sanasam Ranbir Singh, Associate Professor, Dept. Of CSE, IIT Guwahati.
2. Dr. Khelchandra Thongam, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of CSE, NIT Manipur.
3. Dr. Kishorjit Nongmeikapam, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of CSE, IIIT Manipur.

Coordinators

1. Jimmy Laishram, Head and Assistant Professor, Dept. Of CSE, MTU.
2. Chiranjiv Chingangbam, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of CSE, MTU.
3. Debina Laishram, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of CSE, MTU.

Workshop Content
Day 1 [ 19th March ] Day 2 [20th March 2019]
Session-I (10:00 AM-1:00 PM): (By Dr. Kishorjit Nongmeikapam)

  • The Journey of Machine Learning
Session-I (10:00 AM-1:00 PM): (By Dr. Sanasam Ranbir Singh)
Introduction to Deep Architecture of AI

  • Review on Backpropagation.
  • Sequence Model.
  • Convolutional Model.
  • Auto-Encoder.
  • Attention Model.
Session-II (2:00 PM-5:00 PM): (By Dr. Khelchandra Thongam)

  • Basics of Artificial Neural Networks.
  • Single Layer Perceptron.
  • Multi Layer Perceptron.
  • Self Organizing Feature Map.
  • Hopfield Neural Network.
  • Convolutional Neural Network.
  • Applications
Session-II (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM): (By Dr. Sanasam Ranbir Singh)

  • Brief discussion on a few of its applications.
  • Representation Learning
  • Text Mining Applications.
  • Network Related.
  • Speech Related.
  • Image Related.
 
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Participants’ Feedback

All the students’ gave positive feedback. In terms of applicability of the topics that were delivered, the instructor’s communication with the students, the speed and pace at which the topics were presented were all positively acknowledged by the students. The students also requested a follow-up workshop with more industrial applications.

Future Action Plan

1. The department intends to hold a five-day workshop on deep learning with industrial partners like NVIDIA and INTEL.
2. The department also intends to include hands-on practice on the follow-up workshops.
3. The follow-up workshops should also be open to faculties and research scholars of institutes within or outside our state.

Outcome

In all perspectives, the workshop was a success. The students were highly motivated and encouraged by the lectures that were delivered by the resource persons. The intermingling flavours of the concepts and applications that were presented on the different sessions made a clear picture for the students that the scope of computational sciences has a lot to offer for solving intricate problems related to many scientific as well as social fields. The resource persons presented not only academic knowledge but also shared their valuable experiences relating to the research they carried out. The objectives of the workshop were achieved and for the students, their hopes and vision were kindled.

Acknowledgement

 

 

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Syllabus Review of Department of ECE as per Industrial and AICTE needs

The faculties of Department of ECE, Dr Biraj Shougaijam and Mr Merin Loukrakpam visited College of Engineering, Pune which is the mentor institute of Manipur Technical Univeristy under TEQIP-III with the agenda of “Syllabus review of Department of Electronics and Communication as per Industrial and AICTE needs”. 

Meeting Highlights

Date: 7th – 8th March 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Venue: Dept of Electronics and Telecommunication, COE Pune
Domain Experts: Dr. S. P Mahajan, Associate Professor, and Dr. P.P. Bartakke, Associate Professor, Dept. of E&TC, COE Pune. 
MTU Representatives: Dr. Biraj Shougaijam, Assistant Professor & Head and Mr. Merin Loukrakpam, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE, MTU

Aim and Objective
  1. Review of course curriculum and credit allotment.
  2. Identification of core subjects.
  3. Syllabus review of Dept. of ECE, Manipur Technical University (MTU), as per the industry and AICTE needs with domain experts.
  4. Exploring the research and laboratories facilities at Dept. of ECE, COE, Pune, for collaboration of research work.
Minutes of Meeting
Acknowledgement

Outcome

The course curriculum and the syllabi were thoroughly discussed with the experts from COEP, Dept. of E&TC. Now, the course curriculum of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) is revised as per the Industrial and AICTE needs. The syllabi of the department need to be revised as per the expert comments.

 

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National Seminar on Agribusiness Potential of Manipur

Two days national seminar on “Agribusiness Potential of Manipur” was organised by Manipur Technical University and Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing (ISAM), Hyderabad on 27th- 28th February, 2019. The seminar was held at the Conference Hall of Manipur Institute of Management Studies (MIMS), Manipur University. 

About the event

Manipur is predominantly a rice-growing state (80% of the cultivated area). The state is blessed with suitable Agro climatic endowments, which can support a number of horticulture and plantation crops which can give higher returns to the farmers. There are other high-value crops such as ginger, turmeric, walnut etc. Some of the commercial crops grown in Manipur are raw silk varieties such as eri, muga and tarsar, oilseeds and sugarcane which are very essential for enhancing the growth of agro-based industries in the state. Passion fruit and mushrooms have now attained special significance in the agro-economy of the state. Similarly, bamboo shoots, medicinal and aromatic plants, pineapple contribute to the farm economy. These products have thus indicated the commercial possibilities in the country where the canned products are becoming increasingly prohibit. Many vegetables such as King chilli, French bean, cucurbits, tomatoes, brinjal, bhindi, colocasia, alocasia, capsicum, broccoli, lettuce, radish are grown in the state. Many fruits such as papaya, banana, mango, jackfruit, guava, palm, lime, apricots are also grown abundantly. Over 2 lakh hectares of suitable land for horticulture crops is still left untapped. The state also has a vast potential of fisheries resources such as a pond, natural lakes, rivers, low lying paddy fields etc. The largest source of fish is the Loktak Lake. The farmers in the state perform livestock rearing with a view of sustainable development and self-efficiency in livestock products. But there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of these livestock products. In order to overcome this gap, farmer producer companies should be promoted.

Aims and Objectives

1. To understand the agribusiness potential of different crops grown in Manipur.
2. To know the present status of agribusiness in Manipur.
3. To assess the economic impact of agribusiness in Manipur.
4. Policy option to argument the economic contribution of Agri-marketing agribusiness.
5. To understand the available value addition for the crops and supply chain structures of
Manipur

Resource Persons

1. Thangjam Joykumar, Proprietor, Thangjam Agro Industries, Manipur.
2. Dr. W. Ingo, Retd. Professor and Head, Dept. of Horticulture, CAU,
Manipur.
3. Dr. Sakhen Sorokhaibam, Associate Professor, Deen Dayal, Manipur.
4. Hanjabam Subra, Proprietor, Meira Foods, Manipur.
5. Dr. Jonshon Luwang Wahengbam, Scientists, IISER, Thiruvananthapuram.
6. Dr. A. Tarajit, Associate Professor, Deen Dayal, Manipur.
7. Zeinorin Stephen, Proprietor, Hill Wild, Ukhrul, Manipur.
8. Deputy Director, Department of Sericulture, Government of Manipur.
9. Dr. Sinam Yoreitomba Meitei, MSME, Technology Centre, Imphal

Local Organising Coordinator

G. C. Sapna (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics, MTU)

Organisers
  1. Moirangthem Roshini Assistant Professor, Dept. of Management, MTU
  2. Yengkhom Chandrika Devi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of ECE, MTU
  3. Thingbaijam Rajkumari Chanu, Assistant Professor, Dept. of ECE, MTU
  4. Nongmaithem Sulochana Devi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Economics, Manipur University
  5. Dr. K. Muktasana Singh, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Manipur University
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Participants’ Feedback

Based on the papers presented and discussions, the recommendations of the seminar were framed and
are as follows. –
1. Farmers of the state and growing tradition crops which have less commercial value and so their agriculture remained at subsistence level. The state agriculture/horticulture departments should encourage market-led production among the farmers towards high-value crops which have sustained demand in the upcountry markets. Black rice, passion fruit, king chillies, pineapple, ginger, turmeric, medicinal plants etc. abundantly grown in the state are important in this context.
2. Based on the soil and climatic conditions, a cluster approach of farming of crops which can give better returns to the farmers should be promoted. In each such cluster, inputs should be supplied on a subsidy basis and necessary awareness about the crops and marketing potential should be generated among the farmers.
3. Crop-specific training camps should be organised in each cluster to educate the farmers about microprocessing, storage, packing and transporting. On a community basis, custom hiring facility for necessary infrastructure be provided by the state for primary processing of the farm produce.
4. In each cluster, groups of farmers should be encouraged to form Producer Organisations to pool their resources and to collectively market their output and improve their bargaining capacity.
5. Farmers from each cluster should be exposed to different success stories to encourage them to
replicate them.
6. Network of markets or collection centres should be developed in all the producing areas and marketing the aggregated produce, both semi-processed and primary produce should be taken up by the state by inviting bulk buyers and wholesalers.
7. Periodic crop specific buyer-seller meets should be organised by the state to link the local producers with the up-country buyers so that they know the problems of each other’s in trading the produce.
8. Since the farming in the state by default is organic in nature, steps should be taken by the state to encourage the farmers to use bio-fertilisers and maintain the organic nature of the produce. Branded organic produce of the state should be marketed for a premium price in the up-country markets to improve the returns of the farmers.
9. Several low-cost farm implements are invented by different agricultural universities in the country. Suitable such implements should be made available to the farmers on subsidy basis to reduce the labour cost and save time on farming activities.
10. Different agencies such as NHM, NABARD, NEC, Spices Board, Rubber Board, etc. and Government of India are floating several promotional schemes beneficial to the farmers. The state extension and KVK staff should regularly bring them to the notice of the farmers and guide them to avail the benefits. For those farmers who have taken the advantage, hand holding should be provided to them to stabilise.
11. Manipur Technical University should establish a unit of Agro-processing and value addition and diploma level courses should be introduced. With this, the state will be benefited to expand the network of agro-processing units. Value addition thus obtained, will benefit the farmers in a big way.
12. Manipur Technical University should undertake research to develop low-cost farming and processing technologies for which the state should provide project-based financial support to the university to develop infrastructure and engage suitable manpower.
13. Manipur Technical University should take up a project to prepare “Agribusiness Map of Manipur” covering important crops, their area, production, processing, economics, marketing and export opportunities.
14. Different departments of the Manipur Technical University should have a close liaison with different apex institutions such as Spices Board, Rubber Board, National Horticulture Mission, NABARD, NEC etc., to collaborate in various farmer-centric projects.1
5. Manipur Technical University should identify a group of experts, faculty and scholars to form a committee to advise the state policymakers in the areas of agri-business and supply chain management of commercially important crops of the state. The committee also acts as a pressure group to mould the policies of the state towards a better farm economy of the state.

Outcome

The programme has educated the student participants as well as the attendees and served its main aim and objectives. The seminar discussed the following themes: –
– Status of Agri-marketing and agribusiness of Manipur.
– Success stories, innovations and development models in the areas of horticulture, livestock, fisheries, sericulture, forest produce and organic farming.
– Policy options to augment the economic contribution of agri-marketing and agribusiness.
Commercial crops of Manipur.

Acknowledgement

 

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Two Days Workshop on Recent and Current Practices in Civil Engineering with Introduction to Industry Oriented Software

A two Days Workshop was organised by the Department of Civil Engineering on 28th February- 1st March 2019 sponsored by TEQIP III. Students of Manipur Technical University and Manipur Institute of Technology participated in the workshop.

Overview

The workshop mainly focuses on alternative methods of construction and civil engineering software which serve as a toolkit for all civil engineers. It introduces the current industry-ready software with a demo on a few selected software. The duration of the workshop was for two consecutive days, six hours of a session each day and a total of 12 hours.

Aim and Objective

To introduce to the participants the current and recent practices in civil engineering projects and the need and requirements for the right software for effective management of projects.

Resource Persons
  1. Dr Huidrom Lokeshor( senior Technical officer information Liaison, Training division, CSRI- central Road Research Institute, New Delhi)
  2. Th. Joykumar Singh, Chief Engineer (Retd.) PWD
  3. Helena Huidrom (Assisted by A. Narendradhwaja) Engineer PWD
  4. Purus Yurembam (SINTHOU Architecture & Engineering )
  5. Yaiphaba Nepram (HABITAT Design Studio)
  6. Nongmaithem Anand (Assistant Professor Dept. of Civil Engineering, Manipur Technical University)
Workshop Coordinator

Nongmaithem Anand
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Civil Engineering, Manipur Technical University

Workshop Content
Day 1 [28th February 2019] Day 2 [1st March 2019]
Introduction to Road Survey System using
‘Portable Automated Road Survey System’ (PARASS)
Introduction to Structural Analysis and Design Software using
STAAD Pro®
Confined Masonry Conventional and Unconventional Building Techniques
Behaviour of Non-Structural Elements during Earthquake Introduction to Other Civil Engineering Softwares
 
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Acknowledgement

Outcome

The event saw participation by students of Manipur Technical University and other colleges.

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