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Social Service and Voluntary Work

Volunteer with Akanksha, a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of less privileged children, enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non formal education through the Akanksha centre and also formal education by initiating school reform. Here I teach Math to children of standards 8th, 9th and 10th standard and pursue them to take up further education. I am also involved in giving career counseling to kids in higher standards.

Extracurriculars

  • Participated in Mech-a-Boolean and Prison Break, Robotics competitions in Techfest 08’, IIT Bombay.
  •  Participated in the Inter Departmental fashion show during Pratibimb 08’, the inter-collegiate cultural festival of VJTI.
  • Participated in Nexus 08’ a national level robotics competition at IIT Bombay.
  • Badminton Tournament runner up in Enthusia 07’, the sports meet of Mumbai university colleges organized by VJTI.
  • Runners up for the Inter Departmental trad show during Pratibimb 07’.
  • Interdepartmental Badminton Tournament runner up in Enthusia 06’.
  • Cleared first and second level Classical Instrument exam (Harmonium) with distinction.

Membership of Societies

General Secretary, Society of Robotics and Automation, VJTI (2008)

Society of Robotics and Automation or the SRA is a Society for VJTI students under the Mechanical Engineering Department. The society aims at encouraging Robotics amongst undergraduate students and providing them with relevant exposure through workshops, seminars, industrial visits, an online library and a common pool of materials, participation at reputed robotics competitions as Techfest (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) and Robocon. The society also promotes and supports projects in areas of Robotics and Automation.

Student Representative, Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE India (2008)

SAE aims at advancing mobility engineering; our collegiate chapter was set up to be a part of this advancement. The activities of SAE involve lectures and workshops by the leaders of the field and also participation at inter collegiate competition of Formula SAE and BAJA.

Industrial and Site Visits:

  • TATA Power:  TATA power is recognized as India’s largest private sector power utility, built up over nearly nine decades. The Tata Power Thermal Power Generating Station, Trombay is India’s first 500 MW unit. I had the opportunity to observe their maintenance division at close quarters. I was impressed by the skills and work of expert machinist who handled 12 feet auxiliary turbine blades with ease.
  • TATA Motors: I organized the Industrial Visit to the sprawling TATA motors plant in Pune. We explored the complete assembly of a truck and also the automated welding of the TATA Dicor (SUV) chassis. It is one of the few plants where crucial parts such as gears, crankshafts are not outsourced but manufactured. We thus had the opportunity to observe most production processes that we learnt in classrooms. The benefits of an automated process in terms of speed and flexibility were evident in manufacturing of the Dicor.
  • Mahindra and Mahindra Tractor: We visited the engine assembly plant and shop floor of M&M a leading tractor manufacturer in India. Their Engine assembly section is considered one of the best in India and most of the processes are automated. The Engine Assembly plant was a peek into the world on Industrial Automation.
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