Engineering shouldn’t be limited to the classroom, and those with a passion to learn can do so best with the right support and company. In Manipal, the various technical clubs provide avenues for engineering students to go beyond classroom lectures and truly explore what engineering, their branch or a different one, means to them.
IEEE Student Branch Manipal aims to combine learning at undergraduate level with practical experience. This is to encourage students to explore the integrated field of computers and electronics. IEEE – SBM has the privilege of being a part of the world’s largest professional technical organisation aiming to advance technology.
IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
Being a part of this club allows one to discover the potential that the combined knowledge of electronics and coding has and enhances not only ones technical but also their leadership and management skills.
IAESTE India LC Manipal is an organization that was formed in 2005. IAESTE is a student exchange program that is the flagship exchange program for the university and is completely student run. The primary goal of this organization is to provide quality paid technical and research internships from all over the world to not only enhance technical knowledge but also to provide them with new experiences and new perspectives. One can be a part of the IAESTE family in two ways, either as a member and avail the various paid internships, or be recruited into the organization. During the course of their work, a first year will be given several tasks which strategy planning, marketing, sponsorship, etc where every task has strict deadlines that have to be lived up to. This way, IAESTE gives a first year the opportunity to work up close and personal with a corporate house. Now, it may seem that they are all work and no fun, but rest assured IAESTE will make sure through it’s many events round the year, you will be given an adventure of a lifetime. As they say, work hard and party harder!
SAE Manipal Collegiate Club is a student body affiliated to SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International, to provide students an opportunity to expand their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field by giving them a hands-on experience through events and activities.
SAE is well known for organizing many technical events such as Unscrew, where a major automotive component (such as the engine or differential) is disassembled entirely and the participants are taught the same. They also organize internal and external technical and trivia quizzes, such as AutoQuotient, which was held in collaboration with LDQ. Last semester, they organized a very different event called Junk Bots, where participants had to make something automotive out of mechanical scrap. Also, they have their own category in Tech Tatva, called Kraftwagen where they organize new events every year. SAE has bigger plans for the coming year. With the support of the college, they are working on national level events that could bring students to more competitive platforms. Many students often miss out their chance of joining student projects. So, they plan on organizing workshops to teach automotive enthusiasts what they would otherwise learn from these student projects. The idea is to spread as much technical knowledge as possible, whether is theoretical or practical. They believe in bettering the to-be-engineers at Manipal by providing them with all kinds of learning opportunities that they deserve.
The official club of the Department of CSE and Department of ICT, the club was formed in 2007 with an aim to provide technical knowledge to everyone interested. It strives to keep its members updated with the latest happenings in the world of computer technology, providing them with everything from information about gadgets to knowledge of various programming languages and everything in between. The club is known for conducting weekly meetings (CodeMeets, WebMeets, DesignMeets and DevMeets), and online scavenger hunt called HawkEye several online events with international participation lately. Prometheus, the annual event of IECSE, is the second largest technical fest in Manipal, after TechTatva, and brings all the geeky minds together during the even semester. IECSE has also taken initiatives to help underprivileged children in local schools around Manipal learn simple computer applications like MS Word and Paint. The club members have proved their mettle regularly in Microsoft Hackathons, Google Summer of Code, Microsoft’s Build The Shield and numerous campus events.
Linux Users’ Group, since its inception has focused on contributing to and spreading the principles of FOSS (Free and open-source software). Consisting of programmers with knowledge of most major platforms including Android, iOS, Linux and Web Development, they conduct free workshops & sessions on the trending topics of Computer Science. It’s a bunch of enthusiastic people who work day and night to uphold their core belief: “The best things in life are free”.
All you need to join is a laptop and the will to learn.
ACM Manipal is the Manipal chapter of Association of Computing Machinery which is the world’s largest scientific and educational computing society. The club was setup to create a computer science culture and help students in overcoming obstacles in the field of computer science. ACM Manipal is very different from any other technical club on campus because they have a flat hierarchy in place, which means that their Core Committee consists of students from all years across all branches. They believe that age cannot be considered a factor to determine one’s competency. The founding members of ACM saw a huge scope for improvement in the computer science culture at MIT Manipal. Lack of opportunity, information and motivation needed to be eliminated for MIT to have a thriving culture in the science of computing. To rejuvenate the community, ACM Manipal was set up.
ACM ICPC (also referred to as the “Olympics of Programming Competitions”), and the A.M. Turing Awards, are two of ACM’s most prominent events. Even though ACM Manipal is a relatively new addition to the long list of technical clubs at MIT, the club has seen an amazing rolling committee. Members have bagged numerous accolades, in competitions like Microsoft Code.Fun.Do, ICPC, Build The Shield, etc. On campus, ACM took long strides when it came to building the Computer Science community. Kicking off with the Student Mentorship Program (SMP), the club was able to reach out to budding engineers. On seeing an overwhelming response to the SMP, they decided to venture into fields that weren’t tapped into before by any club at MIT. Data Science and Machine Learning, Cryptography, Computer Vision and Image Processing, Natural Language Processing, were budding areas of Computer Science which had not been addressed prior to ACM’s initiative. ACM also co-organised a technical-weekend, with informative activities and workshops.
Aligned with their aim of strengthening the Computer Science community at MIT, ACM wishes to constantly explore fresher ideas and build a flourishing culture in the field of computing.
MIT GAMING CLUB
The Gaming Club is one the newest official clubs of MIT, formed by a team of enthusiastic gamers who share a passion for making, developing and designing video games. It also happens to be the only club involved in the technical as well as in the non-technical sphere. They currently consist of game enthusiasts in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of engineering with a penchant for innovation, divided into 5 groups: Game Design, Game Programming, Level Design, Storyline and Creativity, and Research. They hosted their highly successful and competitive debut event, Gaming Weekend in April, which featured video game competitions involving games like FIFA 14, Dota 2, CS:GO, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Age of Empires 2 and Blur.
Plans in the immediate future include creating a map for Counter Strike based on a region within the campus, developing original games for PC and mobile, and many more excitingly cool stuff. If gaming is one of your passions, and you’d like to be a part of the process which leads to the making of an actual video game, MIT Gaming Club is the very place you’re looking for!
This club is the official club for Electronics and Communication and goes beyond theories into practical application. They aspire to enhance the technical understanding of every student who is interested in the field of electronics and communication. To do this, conduct workshops, events and talks throughout the year. They also help students in pertinent academic problems. With a team of over 120 students, they conduct many events including Microlite (which is co-organised by Robosapiens Pvt Ltd), Mock Placements, Winter Project and their annual tech fest, Cognition. The fest has events like Warbot, Paper Presentation and their Open Showcase event ‘Aavishkar’. They also conduct technical workshops on Arduino, Matlab, etc all round the year.
IE-E&E is a fraternity of the Electrical and Electronics people of the college, aimed to develop more and more technical skills. The club organises numerous events such as technical paper contests, quizzes, technical competitions, guest lectures, technical industrial tours and holds an event of itself in TechTatva.
Established in 2011, IE Aerospace aims to spread awareness among the general public among the general public on trending topics in aerospace and aviation. They conduct workshops and seminars to teach people tools, methodologies and principles of modern Aerospace Engineering. Their event, ‘Water Rocket’ was featured in a national newspaper. They are also the winners of ‘Aerocarnival 2016’ which was organised in association with the National Design and Research forum, Bangalore.
From learning about the little discoveries made in the field of biotechnology to planning Manipal’s own biotechnology symposium, the members of IE Biotech work together with enthusiasm to improve their knowledge and understanding of the field. Being a member provides one with the opportunity to apply their knowledge so as to pursue higher studies and careers in biotechnological industries, consultancies, and research institutions. Symbiot, a national level technical symposium, is their flagship event. It comprises guest lectures and paper presentations based on a plethora of themes such as plant and animal biotechnology, genetic engineering, and proteomics.
IE Civil is the technical club of the civil department of Manipal Institute of Technology. A conglomeration of Civil Engineering enthusiasts, this group strives to promote and progress civil engineering. They believe that civil engineers are at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. Hence, to kindle the interest and build enthusiasm in their fellow members, they come up with workshops, field trips, events, paper presentation and newsletters every semester. They possess with them a legacy and hold years of experience which is always diverted to deliver, derive and create the best and inspires everyone to dream, design and develop.
IE Mechanical is a club that wishes to provide its members with technical skills to realise their unique ideas sustainably. They aim to provide an all round techno-social experience to the students who join the club. With companies such as Bosch backing their flagship Techweekend event, the club provides exposure to the mechanical field. It is one of the oldest clubs in Manipal and has 16 research papers already published with the aim to increase that number soon. Their events focus on enhancing the technical skills of students by giving them problem statements and asking them to make models and prototypes on basic and important concepts of mechanical enginering. They try to give a practical view of where these concepts can be used in real life.
Established in MIT to provide a hands on, off the books experience of Mechatronics and Robotics to students, it delves into a wide variety of engineering branches and integrates them in different ways to bring out highly innovative and creative engineering events, solutions and ideas. It is one of the few clubs in the college which includes multiple different branches under its domain, including Mechatronics, ECE, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, IT and Instrumentation and Control. They organize application-based events and workshops that test the skillset of students, and integrate technical events (such as Tech Talks) with interesting challenges and competitions.
The Indian Society For Technical Education or ISTE is a non-profit organization that promotes learning in all fields of engineering. It is also recognised by the Indian government. ISTE Manipal chapter is the only multi domain technical club in MIT. They host workshops and events that encourage students to learn and compete in areas outside the scope of their branch. They also conduct Acumen, one of the largest categories in TechTatva which receives a participation of over 1500 students. They conduct many events like unlocakathon (online event) which had a participation of approximately 800-900, Clueless,Tech Quiz, Recode, Code Kreig and Mathtrix.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a non-profit organization founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries of which thirty-two thousand are students.
The Manipal chapter of the club keeps working hard for the purpose of knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering discipline. The last year saw ASME organize the Cybersecurity & Quadcopter Workshop, 3-D printing workshop and the popular Microsoft Summer Internship Program.
The ASME team members were placed 13th in HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) competition at a national level. The recently held Summer Internship Training Program was a twelve-day course conducted by Microsoft and Vice Tech professionals. The high-performing students were given signed certificates from Satya Nadella, Participation Certificates from Vice tech and Project Letters from Augmented learnings.
ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS
“Create with the heart; build with the mind” Keeping this motto in mind, EWB was started as a new club in Manipal that helps to connect, educate, and empower people through humanitarian engineering. EWB is an internationally recognized organization with its presence in 65 countries. It connects STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals with local communities, industries and government to address the day to day issues faced by people living in backward societies. Rather than merely providing financial support, we as engineers have a moral obligation to by applying our skills to improve the standards of living in rural areas to benefit the community as a whole. We do this by scouting villages in and around Manipal and conducting surveys to find the areas that need improvement. With the right funding and idea, a project is then initiated to overcome these obstacles. This type can rightfully be called humanitarian engineering.
ROBOTICS & CIRCUITS (RnC)
With a motto of promoting sound technical understanding of engineering concepts among students, Robotics & Circuits, Manipal chapter is known for conducting Vedanth during TechTatva. This flagship event which includes projects in various domains like Robotics, Computer Vision, Automation, Embedded Systems etc. tries to bridge the gap between innovation and excellence in a more dynamic and logical approach.
The team consists of many students from various branches, who share a common goal of pushing the technological envelope further and enhancing the lives of people around them. Every session they conduct 4- 5 workshops and also hold weekly classes for the members in order to impart enough exposure which can prepare them both technically and dynamically.
Indian Institute Of Chemical Engineers is a confluence of streams of professionals from academia, research institute and industry. It provides them the appropriate forum for joint endeavours, hand-in-hand, to work for human being through application of chemical engineering and allied sciences. IIChE student chapter Manipal holds a national symposium Chemignite every year which includes paper presentations, invited talks from experts of industry and academia and informals. IIChE also has a category in TechTatva named Cheminova.
With more than 40,000 members worldwide, the International Society of Automation is an organization of engineers, technicians, consultants and corporate trainers specializing in the fields of instrumentation, control and automation engineering. The Manipal chapter holds events such as the Autotronics and PLC workshops, industrial visits to places like Mahindra & Mahindra and Bosch, seminars, and internships.
An initiative of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Source (MNRE), the Akshay Urja Club wishes to spread awareness on new and renewable sources of energy among engineering students. The Akshay Urja Club – MIT Center, provides technical input and information about new developments in the field of NRSE for young minds. In this regard, they propose to conduct seminars, guest lectures, workshops and industrial visits which works towards exposing budding engineers to the different types of renewable energy and methods of energy harvesting. They try to publish 2 issues of newsletter per semester, consisting of articles, research papers, case studies, success stories and write-ups in the area of renewable energy. The club has begun projects on Motion Sensor Lighting System, Ground Heat Exchanger, Water Testing Kit, Field Mapping Software in collaboration with Selco. Other than it’s “Energia” category in TechTatva, the club has an annual fest called TechWeekend during the even semester.
Biomedical Engineering Society of India (BMESI), Manipal Chapter is a student organisation which forms a dynamic platform for students to learn and discuss the interdependent domains of technology and medicine. They aim to bridge the gap between the two, and tackle the challenges faced in the field of medicine by encouraging research and development in quality, terminology, methods and standards including promotion of safety practices. The club members are engaged in undertaking projects and organizing various workshops, events, conferences and seminars round the year, along with publishing an official journal and a bi-monthly newsletter.
ISOI is the sole technical club of the Instrumentation and Control department of MIT. It is the Manipal chapter of Instrument Society of India which is an organization based in IISc, Bangalore. It works to spread knowledge and promote new developments in the field of Instrumentation and control. Their objective is to bring the latest electrical, electronic, instrumentation and control technologies to the students for an increased awareness of advancement in these fields. They do so with the help of events, workshops, competitions and guest lectures, such as Infrasense, LabView and Placement Talks.
THE MATHITIS SOCIETY
The Mathitis Society, Manipal pronounced as The Ma-thi-tis Society (Rookie mistake), is the first Student Chapter of an upcoming national organization that has tied up with more than 150 MNCs like Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Apple, Oracle, Cisco, Autodesk, Texas Instruments and more. In collaboration with these companies, it aims to deliver high quality, intensive, certified training programs across a multitude of disciplines, transcending the boundaries of various branches. It has two flagship programs, namely the Summer and Winter Training Programs, which are held just after the end-semester examinations.
TMS, Manipal enables the students who constitute the club, to grow personally and professionally by providing them national and corporate exposure, with all of their work culminating as “work experience” that would reflect on their resumes, right from their student years. TMS welcomes all students with technical and non-technical aptitude to explore the limitless horizons of education, with them.
– by MTTN Crew