Electrical Engineers are the mainstay of every engineering activity. They power diverse spheres of activity starting from the generation of power, right down to the distribution level. Electrical Engineering has for long accommodated two disciplines – Power and Communication.
Power engineers have concentrated on the infrastructural realm– power generation, transmission, distribution, equipment design (rotating & static), electrical drives, turn-key projects, consulting, etc. Communication engineers design, control and maintain instrumentation, control, data acquisition, metering accessories among others. This domain spans aerospace, automotive, chemical, metallurgical fields to list a few. The strong emphasis on advanced mathematical tools that courses through their syllabus, lends them an acute sense of detail. This gives them strong interdisciplinary skills, cutting across several knowledge bases.
The last two decades have thrown up new varieties of opportunities like design and application of Solar Photo-Voltaic cells, fuel cells, energy efficient drives, wind conversion turbines, etc. Application engineers play a major role in the design of systems catering to all these areas. They work closely with all streams of engineering such as mechanical, aeronautical, chemical and electronics to address a wide range of interdisciplinary issues. The gamut of their activities is incredible. In fact, they are often the main arm of several EPC organization.
The EEE Department is dedicated to delivering competent electrical engineers to the work place. They are outfitted with core technical knowledge as well as professional skills necessary to face the challenges of the future. The committed faculty and staff are fully geared up towards this end.
The Department conducts a B.Tech course (60 students). From inception in 2001, nine batches of graduates have set sail from 2005 until date. Justin K. Kurian (2006 batch) struck gold, achieving the 1st rank in the 2010 M.G.University exams. In addition, an M.Tech in Power Electronics & Power Systems (PE&PS – 18 seats) has been offered from 2009-10, with two batches having graduated. Beginning from 2013-14, a pioneering specialization, M.Tech(Energy Systems) is being offered for a batch of 24.
Emerging electrical engineers are groomed in the fundamentals of Network Theory, Analysis, Electrical Measurements, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Control Systems, Instrumentation, Computer programming, Digital Electronics ,Microprocessors Linear Integrated Circuits, Digital Signal Processing, Microprocessor, Micro – Controllers etc. The last few years have shown a marked popularity for electives such as Advanced Power Systems, HVDC Engineering, etc. relating to Power Engineering.
There is a Native American saying that goes, ‘Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.’ The above statement underscores the importance of Industrial visits, in the engineering curriculum. The department arranges industrial visits to reputed establishments in and around the state, with a view to integrate academic instructions and practical aspects. The students of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering have visited Edamalayar Power House, TELK, Kerala Electricals among others.
Excellent laboratories have been laid out for the practical instruction of students. These add value to the theoretical instruction gleaned in the lecture halls. The Machines lab, Electrical Model Room, Measurements Lab, Digital and Electronics Lab, Control and Power Electronics Lab (UG & PG), Power Systems Simulation Lab, Energy Systems Lab, Electrical Workshop, totaling 1200 sq.m are manned by competent staff. Considering the computing requirements of the students, MATLAB, MiPower, PSCAD, e-Tap software have been installed in the Power Systems Simulation Lab.
Consultancy activities have taken the form of six Mid-term / Final assessments relating to disbursal of funds on behalf of CAPART, Dharwad (DST, Govt. of India) to NGO’s based at several parts of Kerala. The dept. has also provided testing assistance for luminaires and estimation services for electrification of public constructions for Erumely and Mundakayam Gram Panchayaths. In addition, ANERT has enlisted the services of staff from the EEE department for periodic inspection and evaluation of domestic solar installations.
Rivaling the electrical engineering repertoire of the Knowledge Centre, the department library boasts of about 1300 titles related to all relevant disciplines. No wonder, it is a big draw among the undergraduate and graduate students. Apart from the Amal Jyothi access-facility to IEEE Explorer, about 5000 IEEE papers have been downloaded for use by the EEE community. A fair number of technical news-letters and newspapers are also available. It also has a large collection of BIS codes, journals, proceedings and books of general interest.