The Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) recently named Narasaraopeta Engineering College (NEC) as its ‘CM Skills Centre of Excellence’ due to the latter’s contributions towards engineering, technology, entrepreneurship, and employment generation in the Palnadu region of the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.
The APSSDC will give the higher-education institution a research grant, and build a centre dedicated to R&D and skill development. The centre will further help Narasaraopeta Engineering College (NEC) in placements, attract larger tech companies to the region, and further its students’ entrepreneurial zeal.
Besides this, NEC’s native business incubation centre, Andhra Technology Business Incubator (ATBI) under Startup NEC, has received an accreditation from the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (Ministry of MSME) for successfully nurturing more than 12 startups of its student-entrepreneurs. Among these startup ventures, the most popular ones are Digi Doc Times, HaasPro, and Book Buddy Shop. These three startups aim to modernise healthcare, hospitality, and education in the rural region.
The AICTE-approved engineering college organises several events grounded in leadership, business, and technology. The incubation centre provides students of NEC and other institutions a wide network of mentors, successful entrepreneurs, industry experts, etc.
The Startup NEC E-Weekend, for instance, is a two-day entrepreneurship event inspired by the international conference, Startup Weekend. The E-Weekend is a medium for pitching business ideas to investors. Students from any college or university in the State can participate in it.
Another example of such events is ‘The Founders Conclave’, a national-level event recently brought to NEC. The higher-education institution’s MSME-recognised incubation centre mediates both the events.
Besides these conferences and events, the AICTE-approved higher education institution also sends its students to national and international programs to sharpen their technical and interpersonal skills.
One such program is University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design. Five students from NEC were selected from the pool of students across the globe for this prestigious program, which is to be held in the United States.
Narasaraopeta Engineering College is also hosting the International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Communication & Engineering – 2018 (ICMCCCE-18). The conference will witness doctorate holders, industry professionals, students, and scientists from all over the world presenting research papers on topics in various STEM and management disciplines.
The faculty members of NEC have been a kernel to the college and its students’ technological and entrepreneurial success. They guide students through a research-oriented and practice-oriented teaching methodology. The faculty members have helped several students become successful engineers, business administrators, and entrepreneurs.
The engineering college employs several layers of educators, including doctorate holders and experienced engineers and industrial scientists. The faculty members hold multiple advanced degrees from institutions such as the IITs, in India, and from universities, such as Cambridge, from around the world.
NEC, being the only institution in the region recognised by the council for technical education, has been attracting IT giants such as Tech Mahindra and retail titans such as Paytm to Palnadu, increasing the State’s job creation efforts in the region and the district.
Narasaraopeta Engineering College is fast becoming a centre of entrepreneurship and technology in Guntur District.