Chemical Engineering is perhaps the most inclusive amongst all branches of engineering with a right amount of contribution in relation to the principles laid out by mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and even economics! Chemical engineering is a far more advanced discipline that became widely popular in the recent years, spanning over a wide range of areas especially in the design, production, usage, transportation and transformation of energy and materials.
Precisely, Chemical Engineering involves an array of functions right from utilising the nano particles, nano technology in a lab setup to processing raw materials, chemicals, even living cells, microorganisms, into a shape and size and later transforming into useful forms and products.
Chemical Engineers are experts in the design and execution of large scale plants, functioning, process design, analysis, control engineering, chemical reaction engineering, construction specifications, operational methods including safety and hazard assessments.
In the recent years, chemical engineers are in huge demand in the fields related to nuclear engineering, biological engineering, as well.
In a Q&A session with Dr Sriram Devanathan, Chairperson: Chemical Engineering & Material Sciences, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Campus, we bring all you need know about this high-in-demand discipline of engineering.
There are two points, I would like to discuss for this question. First and foremost is that there are certain concepts that are time tested, constitute the foundation of engineering principles including chemical engineering. These core concepts form the steppingstones for the future of students. And when it comes to predicting the future challenges and aligning the curriculum with that as on today, always tops our agenda. We are witnessing a revolution of sorts, with corporate industry embracing more industrial output and it’s time to accept it and take it seriously.
We are integrating the cyber physical systems like IoT, censor technologies, artificial intelligence and get adapted to all aspects of manufacturing. And at this crucial juncture, the Chemical Engineering cannot be left behind, and we are constantly on the job of introducing latest additions to the curriculum, based on the trends.
We brought in the concepts of computer science, mathematics into the curriculum. For instance, in mathematical courses, we introduced applications of chemical engineering, the software and also industry integration of the concepts. As we continued, we also understood that each student learns it the different way and provided them with ample opportunities to grasp more concepts.
Well, as I said each student has a different learning style and classroom lectures alone will not serve the purpose. We give them a little bit of flexibility in the form of peer base learning. Students get to work on projects as few courses are just project based and they don’t have to wait till final year. Our teaching methodology also includes aid from multimedia technology as it helps the pupils to gain a different perspective through various lectures. Industry representatives, topmost academicians are a part of our Board of Studies and their suggestions come in handy while designing the curriculum.
It is certainly quite advanced, unique, to-the-date and tomorrow. In fact, we have a free hand in brainstorming in designing the curriculum and make changes by tracking the trends. Our Board of Studies seeks valuable advice from eminent personalities both in academia and the industry. In fact, it is well appreciated by the faculties of IITs in our country.
We encourage our students to think out-of-the-box. There is a wrong notion among the student fraternity that the job opportunities for the chemical engineers are quite limited and their roles are often confined to designer or process engineers. I would encourage students in chemical engineers to look at new vistas like the entire supply chain, right from product conception stage, raw materials, processing, shipping, transportation and the entire part of it. A chemical engineer is in demand in various sectors including petroleum and petrochemicals, energy and power generation, nuclear power and defence, biotechnology and nano technology, polymers and environmental engineering, textiles and leather, mining and minerals, pharmaceuticals, agro based technologies. In fact, you name it, you have a chemical engineer in it!
We offer a combination of training both from the department faculty and industry experts. The Corporate Industry and Relations Group provide 200 hours plus of training covering various topics including aptitude, general knowledge, communication, group discussions, verbal, quantitative etc. In fact, the students should write an All India Aptitude exam as well to boost their confidence.
We have faculty who earlier worked in the industry and that way it is possible to leverage at least some incorporation of industry relevance in the curriculum. The lectures are not just theoretical but also carry a lot of emphasis on industry.
It is true that the companies are looking for more than CGPA. They are on a constant lookout for the youngsters willing to learn, execute, get along well with others, come up with a solution, interpersonal skills etc. Freshers are not expected to create miracles, but they are well appreciated, if they are willing to learn and be humble. We as a faculty keep sharing several positive anecdotes with our students, hoping to give a clear picture of their future.
The skills, strength and interests vary from person to person and they are unique. So, the answer is different for each student. The first step is to identify their core strengths and share our advice. Having said that we do not insist on what’s right for them, it’s the job of student to discover what exactly works. In other words, we show them options.
Internship opportunities are available and there is no dearth for it. In fact, many students manage to get it on their own and but we make sure they do a lot of productive work during these sessions.
The infrastructure, labs are our key strengths. In 2013, in recognition of our research we were sanctioned a Centre of Excellence in Advanced Materials and Green Technologies from a grant with the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India.
At that time, there was a program called Frontier Areas in Science and Technology (FAST), we were the only one to have focussed on Advanced Materials and Green Technology in the whole country. This served as a launching pad and currently we have 9 labs as a part of this centre with teams working on environment, health, defence and aerospace, bio and nano industries. There is one lab related to phytochemistry that works towards extraction of chemicals from natural medicinal plants.
The department has several projects that are being amply funded and we just received Rs 16 crore in aid for research and modernisation of labs. We have an advanced material characterisation and testing laboratory which houses spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and other latest equipment.
Working on this kind of equipment motivates them from the very first year and they learn with deep interest in the subject.
The department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences in Amrita School of Engineering is an excellent combination of advanced curriculum, experienced and research-oriented faculty, outstanding infrastructure and lab facilities and most importantly a vision to prosper. These factors drive us towards being brilliant performers and the toppers in chemical engineering. And what could be a better place for any youngster hoping to be a chemical engineer, than Amrita School of Engineering?
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is an undisputable leader in the realm of private universities offering the best quality education in India.
It is the 4th Best Ranked University, among the private universities as ranked by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF Ranking), as issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for the year 2020
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham holds Institute of Eminence tag, issued by the University Grants Commission
It is the No 1 Private University in India, as per The World University Rankings, 2020
It is also ranked No 1 for the International Faculty by the QS World University Rankings for the year 2020
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham stands tall as No 1 among the private universities as per the ranking issued by QS University Rankings, Asia for the year 2020
A complete vegetarian, self-sustainable campus, the faculty and staff believe in nurturing the young minds of India into responsible citizens
The alumni of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham occupy prestigious positions in various government and private organisations in India and across the world
The university boasts 25 plus Centres of Excellence, has 180 plus research collaborations, 65000 citations, 12,000 publications, 100 plus patents and $100 million funding
Every semester around 200 students from Amrita secure admission into prestigious universities abroad.
Chemical engineering is the broadest branch of engineering, training professionals to design, manufacture, operate and control processes of industries such as petroleum and petrochemicals, energy, power generation including ultra mega power plants, coal-bed methane, combined gas cycle plants and nuclear power, defense, mining and minerals including steel and aluminum, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, nanotechnology, cement, fertilizers, textiles, leather, food and agro-based technologies, polymers, and environmental engineering.
In this context, the demand for qualified professional chemical engineers to propel the growth of the industry and shape the contours of Indian economy is on the rise. The undergraduate(B. Tech) program offered in Chemical Engineering at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has a curriculum of global standards emphasizing the fundamentals, breadth of the discipline, and the necessary flexibility in being able to apply the fundamentals in widely varying contexts. Simultaneously trains the students in specialized elective streams such as materials science, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals, and petroleum refineries. With 45% of the faculty having a PhD degree, and another 25% actively pursuing their PhD, the students get to learn from well qualified and experienced staff.
To produce graduates in chemical engineering, who, immediately after graduation or within five years of it:
The Program Outcomes are defined by National Board of Accreditation. Engineering graduates will be able to:
The undergraduate chemical engineering graduates will be able to: