TGP College of Engineering & Technology
‘Confluence’, the Annual International Seminar on Teaching of English as Second Language, is organized by the Tulsiramji Gaikwad-Patil College of Engineering & Technology (TGPCET), in association with the Abha Gaikwad-Patil College of Engineering (AGPCE). Both colleges belong to the education society titled Vidarbha Bahu-uddeshiya Shikshan Sanstha (VBSS), founded by a group of academicians with a view to promote professional education in the rapidly developing region of Vidarbha, a part of the progressive western state of Maharashtra in India.
Almost all the founders of the society are, or have been, academicians themselves. This gives them an edge over others in that they are in close touch with the expectations and aspirations of the young generation today. They are also the right people to foresee the coming trends in education. With Nagpur becoming the chosen destination in Maharashtra among just a few other hand-picked Indian cities for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the city is poised to become a real happening place. The VBSS, realizing the potential of Nagpur, established the TGPCET in 2007 and the AGPCE in 2009.
The colleges are situated in a sprawling campus adjoining the ambitious project of MIHAN (Multinational International Hub at Nagpur), only 12 kms. from the city of Nagpur. They have state-of-the-art laboratories, well-stocked libraries and spacious classrooms, combined with good infrastructure and faculty strength. The TGPCET, which took the initiative in launching ‘Confluence’, has under-graduate courses in Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. It also has post-graduate courses in M. Tech (CSE), M. Tech (ECE), M. E. (WCC), Master in Computer Application (MCA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Over a period of barely five years, TGPCET has not only acquired a reputation for academic excellence, but has also emerged as a centre for creativity & innovation. It happens to be the only engineering college in India that annually organizes an International Seminar on some vital aspect of Teaching of English as Second Language. The next convention, in February 2013, will be the fourth one in the series. This initiative was considered necessary because although students from this area are academically second to none, they are somewhat hesitant in communicating in English. The presentations and discussions in the convention focus upon the best possible methods of imparting a working knowledge of English to students who do not have the benefit of a proper background or early initiation. The convention is attended by nearly five hundred teachers of English, many of them luminaries in their field in India and abroad. Their experience and guidance, needless to say, proves invaluable for all concerned.
As a part of its attempts to provide widest possible exposure to its students, the college annually organizes a National Convention of Engineering Students, titled as QUARK. This mega event is attended by nearly three thousand delegates from all parts of India, and is usually inaugurated by a celebrity from the scientific, academic or corporate field. The first convention in 2010, QUARK 10, was opened by Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, the scientist who led the team that developed the first ever Super Computer for India. He was awarded the coveted title of Padmashri for this contribution, and is presently working as the Chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. The second convention, QUARK 11, was inaugurated by Dr. B. L. Mungekar, a Member of Parliament, a reputed economist, former Member of the Planning Commission of India, and former Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University. For the third convention, QUARK 12, the college had the privilege of having as Chief Guest a giant from the corporate field, Dr. Dinesh Keskar, President of Boeing Asia.
In addition, there are various annual competitions on regional level on diverse topics such as robotics, poster making, code de-bugging and so on. In the field of sports also, the college is not lagging behind. Besides the participation of its students in inter-university sports meets, the college also sponsors two major open-to-all events in Chess and Badminton with official ratings.
To bring out and explore the hidden talents in its students, the college has established an unofficial fun club named as “KEEDA KLUB” for students. On this platform, students are encouraged to take part in activities such as dancing, singing, instrumental music, elocution, fun games etc. under the benign eye of the teacher in charge.
A very important addition is the establishment of a Finishing School named “ELEGANCE”, to groom the students in soft skills. The focus in the school is on developing the confidence of students, to train them in communication skills, and to impart training in such a way that it leads to the over-all development of their personality.
It is the tireless efforts of the management to continuously better their own records that have resulted in national and international recognition to both institutes. TGPCET was recently awarded the ‘Best Upcoming Engineering College’ award given away at the hands of the eminent scholar Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and former UN envoy. Both colleges also enjoy the distinction of having received the ‘Internationally Accredited Organization’ certification.