e-Yantra Robotics Lab-setup at DBCE

DBCE Fatorda
11 Jun 2019
Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda

e-Yantra is a project hosted by IIT Bombay (IITB) to spread education in Embedded systems and Robotics in colleges across India and sponsored by MHRD through NMEICT.
Don Bosco College of Engineering (DBCE) was a local centre for a 2-Day workshop, organized by IITB e-Yantra team on “Introduction to Robotics” for training around 60 teachers from various colleges across India.

After the completion of the workshop, DBCE signed a “Letter of Consent” to set up a Robotics lab in the institute, which was an initiative taken by Dr. Varsha Turkar, Professor of ETC department.

A team of four faculty members: Prof. Flavia Leitao (Team Leader), Prof. Yeshudas Muttu, Prof. Mathilda Colaco & Prof. Deron Rodrigues (Team members) from the Electronics & Telecommunication department of DBCE, were chosen to be the e-Yantra team of DBCE.

The e-Yantra, DBCE team underwent rigorous Task based Training (TBT), over a period of three/four months, working on tasks like: I/O interfacing on AVR based microcontrollers, Interfacing LCD for debugging, Timers and delay generation, DC motor control and PWM generation for velocity control, Analog-to-Digital conversion and white line following.

Out of the 70 plus colleges that participated for the TBT, only 17 teams completed the Task Based Training within the target date, and the DBCE e-Yantra team topped the list with a Class A Award securing 98.89%.

The success of this training gave an opportunity to the team to participate in the TBT-Challenge organized by IITB to all the winning teams.

This initiative of engaging with e-Yantra is to empower teachers and students to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the college.
Besides this, the other benefits are:
• Better Final year projects in the area of Embedded Systems and Robotics.
• Sustainability of the established lab through participation in the e-Yantra Ideas Competition.
• A chance to setup an Agriculture IoT-testbed through the e-Yantra Farm Setup Initiative (eFSI).
• Better prospects for the college to gain visibility and attract local industries for internships and placements.
• The established lab along with its sustainable ecosystem helps the college during accreditation.

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