As availability of computer and Internet increased in India, it became much easier for students to work on software projects. However when it came to embedded systems project, students needed access to Laboratory Equipment such as Oscilloscope, Function Generator etc. This demotivated students to carry out projects involving hardware. This also has resulted in very few company working on Physical products in India.
To change this situation, a very interesting concept is being introduced at D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune in its B Tech(CSE) program. (See details of this program in another blog )
Award Winning Next Generation B Tech(Comp Sci and Engg) at D Y Patil Int Univ, Akurdi, Pune
To make students learn hardware and embedded systems development – we are introducing “Lab in Bag” concept. In this, students can procure a device such as “NI MyDaq” that connects through USB to a computer and provides a large number of Lab instruments available to students through computer such as Oscilloscope, Function Generators etc. This would make sure that students would not only be able to work on software developments at their convenience but also projects and lab work involving hardware at their will.
Author: Prabhat Ranjan
Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor, D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune. He was heading India's Technology Think Tank, TIFAC(tifac.org.in) as its Executive Director since April 2013 to April 2018. Earlier he was Professor at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute for Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar (DA-IICT) since 2002. He was educated in Netarhat School(near Ranchi), IIT Kharagpur and Delhi University. He received his Ph D from University of California, Berkeley where he carried our research on “Nuclear Fusion” at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory during 1983-86. He immediately returned to India after this and carried out research in Nuclear Fusion area at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and Institute for Plasma Research(IPR), Gandhinagar. He played a major role in India’s Nuclear Fusion program and was Project Leader of the largest operational Indian Fusion Reactor, ADITYA, at Institute for Plasma Research from 1996-2002.
His current interests include applications of Wireless Sensor Network to Wildlife, Planetary Exploration (Chandrayaan mission), Nuclear Fusion, Healthcare, Agriculture etc. He has received National Science Talent Search Award, IBM Faculty Innovation Grant and HP Innovate 2009 award, NPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award 2012, Bihar Gaurav Samman 2012 etc.
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This is a real achievement sir. I remember my time at D. Y. Patil when I faced this challenge againt my love for hardware. Further, pure software in non-patentable under 3(k). So, Indian acadnecians must not lag behind and you bridged this gap.
That’s a Nice Concept of “Lab In Bag”. Through this student will have ability to work anywhere with ease and make exciting innovations..
Innovative idea for us”lab. In bag”
Our students are having good exposure on programming & software tools but they are lacking in hardware usage. The “lab in bag” concepts is very interesting and useful concepts. How students of my University “Medicaps University, Indore may get this device ” NI MyDaq”. Please guide and support.
? Please guide me.
It is a National Instruments Product.