Prof. Dr. Thirumaleshwara Bhat, an academician and administrator of great repute joined SMVITM as Principal on 3 July 2015.
He had his basic education at Sathya Sai Institutions, Alike, Dakshina Kannada district. He completed his engineering graduationwith the 7th rank from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology (AIT) Chikmagalore, affiliated to Mysore University in the year 1988 and had his master’s degree (M.Tech) from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal in the year 2000. He was awarded Ph.D. for his research in the area of polymer composites from Manipal University in the year 2006.
Prof. Bhat started his professional career in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at S.N. Moodabidri Polytechnic, Moodabidri, where he served as a lecturer for more than six years. In the year 1995, he joined Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal, one of the most reputed technical education institutes in the country, as a Senior Lecturer and was eventually promoted as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. After tenure of 12 years at MIT, he moved to St Joseph Engineering College, Vamanjoor, Mangalore as Professor & Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and continued in that position for 8 years. He played a key role in the development and growth of the department during this period and in recognition of his contributions,in April 2014, he was elevated as Dean (Quality Assurance), a position he held till June 2015. During his stint as Dean, Prof. Bhat was instrumental in focussing on and implementing the concept of Outcome Based Education in all the departments and submission of Self assessment report to get accreditation for four engineering undergraduate programmes of the college.
Considering the services and contributions of Dr. Bhat towards engineering education, the management of SMVITM appointed him as Principal of the institute and Professor in the Department Mechanical Engineering in July 2015.
Prof. Bhat has 26 years of teaching experience, which includes administrative and research experience of 9 years. He has guided four research scholars so far and currently three research scholars are pursuingtheir doctoral degrees under his guidance.
He has presented 5 research papers in national conferences and 2 research papers in international conferences and published 9 research papers in reputed international journals. His areas of interest include advanced materials and manufacturing technology. He is a life member of Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) and Institution of Engineers (IE). He has been a member of the Board of Studies of various reputed engineering colleges and a member the Board of Examination of Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi. He has delivered a number of invited lectures in areas like Advanced Materials, Manufacturing Technology and Outcome Based Education.
An engineer is a professional practitioner responsible for applying scientific and mathematical knowledge to design and develop products/facilities/services that would make the lives of people more comfortable and thereby improve the overall well-being of society.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million engineering graduates are leaving the portals of about 3300 engineering colleges in our country every year. When one thinks of these statistics, some very pertinent questions that arise in one’s mind could be: havethese graduates have received quality engineering education? Are they employable? Are they able to apply their knowledge to find solutions for real-world problems? There is no doubt that, despite a few rotten apples, many engineering colleges provide quality technical education and they train the students in such a way that at the end of their graduation, the students are employable and either they find their way to the industry or serve the society as independent entrepreneurs.
I am proud to say that SMVITM is an institution born out of a noble vision, where quality technical education combined with moral and ethical values is imparted to the students at affordable costs. I can assure every student and parent with conviction that the management, faculty and staff of this institution are committed to the cause of quality engineering education with employability skills and it has been imparted to the students ever since the inception of SMVITM.
Let me congratulate the students and parents on keeping faith in SMVITM and I am sure that they would feel proud that they have made the right choice by selecting SMVITM as their destination for pursuing their dream career. In this context, it is my appeal to the parents to monitor the performance of their wards and encourage them to explore their full potential. They may also keep in mind that learning beyond the syllabus really helpsthe students to improve their technical knowledge and employability skills. I am confident that with the divine blessings of Lord Shri Krishna and the founder of our institute, H. H. Shri Vishwa Vallabha Theertha Swamiji, our students will excel in their studies and become proud ambassadors of SMVITM.
Prof. Dr. Thirumaleshwara Bhat Principal Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management, Bantakal – 574 115, Udupi District Karnataka State, INDIA Tel: +91 820 258 9183 Fax: +91 820 258 9184 Mobile: +91 94493 30555 e-mail: email@example.com (O) firstname.lastname@example.org
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