N M S Desai
“If you can't explain to the charwoman who is scrubbing your laboratory floor what you are doing you don’t know what you are doing.”
- Ernest Rutherford
The quote by Rutherford summarizes the essence of the objective of Laboratories. The concepts should be understood by even non-technical persons. Laboratory sessions are an integral component of all engineering courses. In each semester, the students are required to undergo course in five or six theory subjects of which two have associated lab sessions. In some rare cases theory course is studied in one semester while its corresponding lab is offered in the next semester. On an average lab courses constitutes about 25% of the course work in each semester except the first year where lab courses account for nearly 50% of the courses offered. Laboratory courses contribute 20-30% of the maximum marks in higher semesters.
Aims of Laboratory Practices
Lab sessions are provided to the students with the following objectives
- * Stimulate interest in theory subjects and motivate them
- * Help learn how to link theory with practice
- * Develop skills and techniques through practice
- * Understand how to use the equipment
- * Develop scientific temperament and problem solving techniques
- * Improve observational skills
- * Develop the skills of analyzing and justifying the difference in expected versus actual results
- * Drawing conclusions and evaluative skills
- * Learn the ability to work as a team member and hence develop personal skills
- * Encourage the student to think on different ways and practicing in the
subject - learning to think and behave like, for example, an engineer or a
- * Encourage the students to develop the art of experimenting which is very
essential to engineering
- * Help the students develop the skills and attitude necessary for a successful
- * Opportunities for staff and students to get to know each other and discuss
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Developing Scientific Attitude and Temper!
Learning by doing can be achieved only by doing experimentation or practical work. Any course of Science and technology which does not provide time for lab or practical work is incomplete and leads to efficient teaching.
Equipments of Practical Work
On every practical turn, a student must carry with him the following things to the laboratory so that he is well equipped to perform various Read More.....
Applications of Engineering Workshop
Engineering Workshop consists of different trades such as fitting, carpentry, tin smithy, welding, foundry and electrical wiring. All these trades are somehow or other applicable in all engineering branches. Innovative ideas are useful for engineers which can be developed with the knowledge of training in different trades. Read More.....
Practice makes a man Perfect!
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
The theoretical knowledge amassed through books is like a rudder and a compass but steering the ship requires practice. In the words of a famous actor Will Smith who considered himself to be just ‘average talent’, his obsessiveness for practice and preparation helped him climb the rungs / ladder of success.