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Feedback by Manoja Rajalakshmi, 1st ECE, AIT Palakkad
A colloquium was organized in AIT Palakkad on 2 Sep 2012. There were four sessions by eminent professionals.

Indian Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities – Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat, NUS 
He gave a talk on the weakness of education system in India. He stressed on quality education in engineering colleges. He was full of energy during the talk and the audience could listen enthusiastically. He was very passionate.

Learning Organization – Kamlesh Pande, Chief Consultant, Forbes Marshall
He taught us a new method to learn in an organized manner. He emphasized on doing rather than learning. ‘Action’ was the best end to learning- he shared some of the quotes of great people. He also said ‘Questioning’ is very important in the process of learning. 

Relevance of the products of imagination in a materialistic world – Ramanunni KP, Celebrated Writer
He touched the areas of Malayala sahityam. He is the winner of Vayalar award, 2011. He used stories from day to day life to convey his messages. He went into the depths of products of materialistic world.

Quality of assurance of product and services: lessons from space industry – Aravindakshnan P, Scientist ISRO Bangalore
He was not talking but teaching us the basics of spacecraft environmental interaction. We could know the vastness in space and technology during his session. 

Colloquium was a feast for us. We could get more ideas on education and future studies.

An inaugural colloquium was conducted on 2 September 2012 at AIT Palakkad. A colloquium of arts, science, management, engineering and technology towards creating a holistic academic environment.
    • Audience: students and staff from higher secondary schools, engineering colleges, management schools, professionals and anyone who is eager to learn. 
    • Attendance: All participants are required to register for the colloquium. Registration is free for a limited number of seats per institution / organization.

Colloquium Program: Brochure
2 Sep 2012
    • 08.50 am Lighting of lamp
    • 08.55 am Welcome address, Dr. MR Vikraman, Principal AIT Palakkad
    • 09.00 am Indian Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities, Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat, Professor, National University of Singapore
    • 09.45 am Tea break
    • 10.00 am  Learning Organization, Kamlesh Pande, Chief Consultant, Forbes Marshall, Pune; Adjunct Professor, School of Management, IIT Bombay
    • 12.00 pm  Relevance of the products of imagination in a materialistic world, Ramanunny KP, Celebrated Writer; Administrator, Thunchan Smarakam, Tirur; Member, Kerala Sahitya Akadami
    • 01.00 pm Lunch
    • 02.00 pm Quality Assurance of Products and Services - Lessons from Space Industry, Aravindakshan P, Scientist / Engineer G, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore
    • 03.00 pm Open forum
    • 04.00 pm End

Learning Organization
Kamlesh Pande
Chief Consultant, Forbes Marshall, Pune
Adjunct Professor, School of Management, IIT Bombay

The talk will cover the following:
    • Characteristics of a Learning Organization
    • Learning Hierarchy . What kind of learning?
    • Asking Questions
    • Knowing - Doing Gap
    • Importance of working on Projects
    • A benevolent look at Failure
    • From Learning to Innovation
    • A few Syndromes that youngsters should keep off!

Ramanunny KP
Celebrated Writer
Administrator, Thunchan Smarakam, Tirur
Member, Kerala Sahitya Akadami

Indian Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Professor, National University of Singapore
Quality Assurance of Products and Services - Lessons from Space Industry
Aravindakshan P
Scientist / Engineer G, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore

Intensification of Space development activities like establishment of space stations, human space flights, interplanetary missions, space based docking and refueling of satellites etc, make quality assurance of space hardware and systems a very important topic in the space industry. Ensuring performance of hardware and systems of all these highly challenging missions require extensive ground based testing and qualification from the component level to integrated systems level. Hence space industry has developed extensive testing methods using  ground based space environment  simulation systems, for the  testing and qualification of hardware meant to work in  the harsh space environment such as high vacuum, extreme temperatures , radiation and vibration. All the hardware meant to work in space get tested and qualified on ground in complex simulation Facilities as per a test and evaluation plan. The purpose of the talk is to give an insight in to the space environment, testing methodologies and the type of Facilities created on ground to test and evaluate space systems hardware. In general the methodologies adopted by space industry to ensure mission reliability through testing has been presently adopted by  many other industries also  to enhance the reliability of their products  with in depth  understanding of the nature of environments to which the systems are put to use. For budding Engineers it is very important to know the very basics of the importance of testing and qualification to ensure the reliability of systems they may design and implement whether it is hardware or software designed to work in a specific operational environment.