Nowadays it is very important to co-relate your curriculum to industrial applications and understand it and at the same time to know how to apply it.
To fill this gap, this year for the first time a study tour was arranged for ITI students at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal on 16th Feb, 2020. & 19 students participated in it.
Vigyan Ashram is a center of the Indian Institute Of Education (IIE) Pune founded by a Scientist turned educationalist Late Dr. S. S. Kalbag in 1983 to address the problems in education.
Vishal Jagtap(Co-ordinator of Vigyan Ashram) welcomed all & gave a brief introduction, this was followed by the visit of the Ashram. About 40 courses related to Diploma in Basic Rural Technology(DBRT)are conducted here conducted This course divided into 1) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry 2) Home and Health 3) Engineering 4) Energy & Environment sections.
The visit started with a Fabrication workshop where the manufacturing of various products(individual composting unit, dryer unit) is done by students. Then we moved to agriculture-related various projects where we saw the sand filter unit, Fishery farm. He explained to us how they are using nitrogen-enriched water to their Poly-houses for farming as such water is very helpful for the growth of plants. The way poly-house designed and maintained was fabulous and the use of the available area was very effective. After agriculture section, he showed us Solar panels which were installed by students to increase the effective use of renewable energy. He explained Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Aeroponics and how it works and when to use it. After this section, we had our lunch at the institute’s canteen. After lunch, he took us to the Goat farming section and poultry farming. Here we saw different species of goats and hens. He explained us how to take care of this species and what precautions we should take for the growth of this species and also showed us the use of hydroponics for making food for these species.”Azolla” an aquatic fern which is a nutritious food for animals and what arrangements they have made for the growth of this ferns. Also, we have seen Azolla poly-house with scientifically fabricated.
Then he showed us some fabricated units which were made their students. This includes Rice De-husking machine, Egg incubator machine, Wire rolling machine, etc. We saw a new upcoming technology “Plastic to Fuel” conversion using “Pyrolysis Reactor”. This machine was also fabricated by one of their student only. After this, we have seen how they are using wastewater(grey water) for plants and recycling this wastewater again for further use. We saw proper arrangement made by them for composting of waste products, wastewater.
Next, we visited an energy section where the institute teacher explained about electrical, Motor rewinding, survey techniques. Our next visit was Soil and microbiology testing lab where one student explained to us what are the different tests of soils, what is microbiological culture and what is the use of it. From that, we understood how different factor of soil affects the growth of plants. Then we visited one more informative lab i.e., Fab-lab where we saw a 3D printing machine and we got to know the principle of that machine(Mono-fab) and what we can make from it. There are various complex products were there which was made by that Mono-fab machine. Also, we understood the working of Wood router machine, Laser cutting, Plasma metal cutting, Electronics, and micro processors. Fab-Lab was updated with the latest technology machines and it was very innovative also. Fab-lab was our last visit and then we took feedback from every student to know what they have learned and what is the purpose of this study tour and we got fruitful answers from them.
During feedback session, we spoke with Dr. Yogesh Kulkarni about how these courses can help our students and which courses will help them to increase their practical skills. After this discussion, we left the institute with a curious mind and energy to learn more innovative things. One thing came to our mind that this institute is a modern version of the old Gurukul.
We always create lot of waste, at Pabal Ashram I learned how to reuse it in a sustainable way & also got to know about natural energy sources like solar energy, bio-gas and & their applications.
Amol Shinde… Electrician, First year
Including my trade-related information, I also came to know about other trades, techniques that can be used for rural development, which can definitely benefit ourselves as well as the villagers. I came to know about 3D printing, wood printing, laser cutting, how and which softwares are required to get accurate results. It was a total informative educational visit.
Moreshwar Umawane… Mechanical Draughtsman, Second year