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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ACTIVITIES @ VIMAL JYOTHI ENGINEERING COLLEGE, CHEMPERI

Energy conservation has been a top priority in our college campus and the following measure are taken

  • Copper chokes in tube lights are replaced with electronic chokes
  • LED street lights have been installed in our campus to save electrical energy
  • Energy efficient fans and lights are installed in new class rooms, staff rooms and in hostels
  • ELCB (Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers) are being installed in all our Electrical Laboratories. Steps have been taken to install ELCB in each floor of the lecture buildings. Installation of ELCB, helps to cut off the power supply completely when not needed and prevent leakage of current when in use.
  • Lecture classes are fitted with motion sensors, which will put off all the electrical fittings, fans etc. when nobody is present in the class. In addition to these motion sensors, the respective student class representative will put off the lights and fans when not in use.
Contour Farming Contour Terracing Weather station
  • A “Go Green Club” is functioning in our campus with one student representative from each class, faculty and staff representative from each department, representatives from administrative and maintenance department as its members. They meet once in two weeks and conduct programs to create awareness about energy use and savings in the campus. National and International days related to Go Green activities are celebrated by conducting competitions like poster painting, essay writing, awareness activities etc. Talks are arranged for students and staff on energy misuse and methods to conserve energy.
  • Posters and placards on energy conservation are displayed in class rooms, computer labs and administrative office.
  • Minor steps like shutting down computers when not in use, turning off computer monitors or other electric appliances at the end of the class or at the end of the day etc. are practiced.
Solar panels on ground Solar panels on Roof Top Solar water Heater

Use of Renewable Energy

  • Solar water heaters are installed in all hostels for supplying hot water to students.
  • A Solar farm is also available for generating 50 kW of power and also a roof type installation for 2kW power supply. This takes care of 25 % of the power supply we need.
Roof top solar water heater RWH-Recharging the well RWH – basement tank

Water Harvesting

  • Rain Water Harvesting system is installed in our campus. There are mainly two techniques of rainwater harvesting, storage of rain water on surface for future use and recharge to ground water.
  • Our college is located in a hilly terrain. The rain water which falls on the surface goes as storm water runoff and recharges the ground water table.
  • The rain water falling on the buildings are effectively collected by a system of PVC pipes and stored in a series of tanks specially constructed for this purpose. In that way we have stored around 26 lakh liters of water in an area of 40,000/- sq m. this water was collected from the roofs of lecture hall buildings. This stored water is used during summer season when there is shortage of water.
  • In the quadrangle of our college we have a Rain water collection pond with a capacity of 4 lakh liters
  • In front of the college we have two rain water collecting ponds with 2 lakh liters capacity and 20,000 liters capacity respectively
  • The rain water falling on a vehicle shed roof is collected and sent to a well to recharge the ground water table.
  • The Rain Water Harvested will cater for 45 days of required water supply for the campus
RWH from Lecture blocks - 26 lakh liter capacity, storage tanks at the rear side of the building RWH from Lecture blocks - 26 lakh liter capacity, storage tanks at the rear side of the building RWH from Lecture blocks - 26 lakh liter capacity, storage tanks at the rear side of the building

Check Dam Construction

There is one check dam within 1 km radius of our college campus. Water retained by this check dam is utilized during the summer season, at the initial stages of water shortage.

RWH-4 lakh liters capacity RWH-2 lakh liters capacity RWH-20,000 liters capacityRWH from Hostels - 15 lakh liters storage tank

Effort of Carbon Neutrality.

  • Our college is located in a campus of 30 acres of which approximately 2/3 area (i.e.) 70 % area is covered with green vegetation.
  • Cigarettes and tobacco products are strictly banned within 500 meters of the campus.
  • Reduced usage of fresh 2 sided papers is followed. Both sides of the paper are used. 99 % of all official communications in our campus are done through online, thus saving a lots of paper
RWH from Hostels - 15 lakh liters storage tank RWH from Hostels - 15 lakh liters storage tank Check Dam

Plantation

  • In addition to various steps taken to reduce Carbon emissions, we advocate the students to respect the environment and conserve it through plantations.
  • Since around 70 % of our campus has a greenery environment, more care is taken to increase the percentage of greenery
  • Our college NSS wing spread the message of growing more trees among the students and in the villages when they go for social service.
NSS student activities to maintain greenness in the campus NSS student activities to maintain greenness in the campus NSS student activities to maintain greenness in the campus

Hazardous Waste Management

  • Separation of toxic waste from tame waste is done. Since such waste could contaminate soil, air and water if left to mix with landfill. The collected waste is disposed off separately. These wastes are regularly incinerated in the campus through a incinerating unit.
  • Our college campus is a plastic free zone.
  • 3 Bio-gas plants, with a capacity of 15 m3, 10 m3 and 5 m3, totaling to 30 m3 is in operation in our campus. The kitchen waste and waste food from mess halls are efficiently collected and processed to produce bio-gas, which is used for cooking.
  • Used Water collected from kitchen wash, wash basins, cloth washing and bathrooms of hostels are collected and sent to the waste water treatment plant in our campus. The treatment plant has a capacity of treating 2 lakh liter per day. The treated water is used for gardening purpose.
  • Bio-waste and Non Bio-waste are collected separately.
  • Metal and plastic waste collected is sent for re-cycling.
Kitchen waste into bio-gas plant Incinerator Waste Water Treatment plant – 2 lakh capacity Waste Water Treatment plant – 2 lakh capacity

E-Waste Management

  • Obsolete yet workable computers, printers and other equipment discarded by the college are donated to charitable organizations
  • Computers, printers and other information communication technology equipment which cannot be used are sold to vendors for recycling or buy back schemes.
  • Civil has a M. Tech. student project using E-waste wires. Project titled “Study of Characteristic strength of Concrete using E-waste wire as Fibres”

MEMBER ACTIVITES

1. Sooryagramam

IEEE Malabar Sub-Section in association with BSS (Bharath Sevak Samaj) and NSIM (National Skill India Mission) conducted a two day workshop at Vimal Jyothi Engineering College on 29th and 30th of October 2016. The session was handled by Mr. Vipin T. S (Project Director, Bharath Sevak Samaj). The session was a precursor to the Sooryagramam Project which aims to provide solar energy to remote villages in Kerala.

Interactive sessions with Experts Interactive sessions with Experts Group photo

2. Powering the village with Solar Energy

IEEE- Power and Energy Society chapter of Vimal Jyothi Engineering college conducted an awareness program “Powering the village with solar energy” in Eruvessy panchayath ward -10. The students enlightened the people on the need to use renewable energy sources. Students briefed them about the installation of roof top solar panels, water heater and solar water pumping in houses and subsidies provided by ANERT.

Inauguration of Energy Efficient Programme in Eruvessy Panchayath Students interaction with villagers

3. Faculty development programme on “Topical Transcend in Smart Grid Technologies”

6 days Faculty Development Program on Topical Transcend in smart grid technologies discussed about grid integration of renewable energy sources, hands on training with octave for smart grid application and intelligent optimization of algorithm for smart grid.

4. Go Green Club

As an initiative to the National Mission for a Green India (GIM), The Ministry of Environment has approved annual plans for four states of the country. The National Executive Council (NEC) has given its nod to the Perspective Plans (PP) and Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of Kerala, Mizoram, Manipur and Jharkhand. Kerala in the only state in the southern part of India, to be recognized, for Go Green Initiatives. It has become the need of the hour to have our share of creating awareness to save our environment for our future generation. Present students are the future flag holders for our Nation. Now, the seed we sow in them will become a good output to protect our environment and make our Nation proud. This Go Green Club of our college was inaugurated by the Honourable District Collector of Kannur District; Mr. Mir Mohammed Ali, IAS., on 03-04-2017, Monday.

The Aim of our club is to motivate and encourage the students to value and assume responsibility of their Environment, to strengthen positive thinking and collaboration among students and to develop life skills like communication, interpersonal relationship, decision making, critical thinking and self management. The objectives of the club are to increase the students’ knowledge about understanding the environment and environmental challenges, to create awareness about, energy usage and energy savings, to create the habit of Go Green, in the campus and in the society, through students, contribute to the International days and other activities organized by the College.

Presently Prof. Dr. Vra. Saathappan, Professor of Civil Engineering is the President of the Club. All students and staff (teaching, non-teaching, administrative, maintenance) are members of the Go Green Club.

Logo Inauguration Audience Tree planted by chief guest

Books related to Sustainable development

1. Environmental Studies Simplified – 2 Aug 2017

Publisher : Mc Graw Hill Education by Benny Joseph (Author)
This book is meant for undergraduate engineering students of Indian Universities undertaking the course on Environmental Studies. Maintaining a holistic approach throughout, the book offers easy and logical comprehension. Concepts are explained through a plethora of illustrations which will enable students to grasp the subject easily irrespective of their background at school level.

2. Environmental Studies Second edition

Publisher : Mc Graw Hill Education by Benny Joseph (Author)
Meant for all the undergraduate students of Indian Universities, this book meets the syllabus requirements of UGC. Maintaining a holistic approach throughout, the book offers easy and logical comprehension. Excellent clarity in concepts renders the subject easy for all the students irrespective of their background at school level.

Environmental Studies Simplified – 2 Aug 2017 Environmental Studies Second edition

Research Scholars in areas related to Sustainable development

  • Reliability analysis on grid connected roof top solar photovoltaic thermal power plant by by Mr. Raju K K (1AH16PMJ04), Research Scholar Under the Guidance of Dr. M. Eswaramoorthy, Professor & Head(R&D), Department of Mechanical Engineering, ACS College of Engineering under Visvesvaraya Technological University

Publications related to Sustainable development

1 Dr.P.Sridharan Vibration Analysis and Mitigation Techniques for Bulb Turbine in Small Hydroelectric Power Plants International Journal of Advanced Engineering Technology Vol 7, No 1 2016
2 Dr.P Sridharan,
Dr.N Kuppuswamy
Nation Development with Small Hydro Power Generation-A Review Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities Vol 5, No 6 2016
3 Dr.P Sridharan,
Dr.N Kuppuswamy
K P Parthiban
Energy Efficient Sealing Optimization Technique for Wicket Gate and Main Shaft in Pumped Storage Power Plants Water and Energy International (Central Board of Irrigation and Power) Vol 60 , No 8 2017
4 Dr.P Sridharan,
Dr.N Kuppuswamy
K P Parthiban
Performance Analysis of Pumped Storage Hydro Power Stations in the Environment of Cavitations Water and Energy International (Central Board of Irrigation and Power) Vol 60, No 7 2017
5 Rahul Prakash K.V Jithu Markose Niketh Manohar,Jerin Dr.P.Sridharan Automatic Trash Removal System in Water Bodies International Journal of Engineering Science and Computing Vol 7,No.4 2017

Academic Courses on related to Sustainable development

1. Course: Introduction to Sustainable Engineering Program: Common Course for all B.Tech Year: 1
Sustainability- need and concept, challenges, Environment acts and protocols, Global, Regional and Local environmental issues, Natural resources and their pollution, Carbon credits, Zero waste concept ISO 14000, Life Cycle Analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment studies, Sustainable habitat, Green buildings, green materials, Energy, Conventional and renewable sources, Technology and sustainable development, Sustainable urbanization, Industrial Ecology.

2. Course: Co generation and waste heat recovery systems Program: M.Tech Mechanical Year: 1
Introduction to waste heat recovery systems, cogeneration technologies-Issues and applications, waste heat recovery systems, economic analysis.

3. Course: Modern Energy Conversion Systems Program: M.Tech Mechanical Year: 1
Direct Energy conversion systems, Principles of Fuel cells, Principle for energy conversion, Principles for MHD, Nuclear energy sources, Conventional& Renewable Energy sources, Biomass, Wind and Ocean power

4. Course: Advanced Energy Engineering Program: B.Tech Mechanical Year: 1
Global and Indian energy scenario, conventional energy sources, environmental effect of energy conversion, renewable energy sources-solar, wind, biomass, brief account of other renewable energy sources –geothermal, tidal, MHD, hydrogen, fuel cells, small scale hydro power plants. Environmental impact and Sustainability issues

5. Course: New and Renewable Energy Systems Program: B.Tech EEE Year: 3
Solar energy - Solar radiation measurements - Applications of solar energy - Energy from oceans- Tidal energy - Wind energy -Small Hydro Power (SHP) Stations- Biomass and bio-fuels -geothermal energy -Power from satellite stations - Hydrogen energy.

6. Course: Distributed Generation and Smart Grids Program: B.Tech EEE Year: 4
Introduction to distributed generation and smart grids-Distributed Energy Resources –Micro Grids and their control –Protection issues for Microgrids-Smart Grids: Components –NIST Reference architecture –Smart meters -Wide Area Measurement System WAMS), Phase Measurement Unit (PMU)-demand response-Demand Side anagement -Smart Substations, HAN, NAN, SANET, Cloud computing in smart grid–Power Quality issues with smart grid

7. Course: Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Program: B.Tech EEE Year: 4
Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Conventional Vehicles, Hybrid Electric Drive-trains, Electric Propulsion unit, Configuration and control of DC Motor drives, Induction Motor drives, Permanent Magnet Motor drives, switched reluctance motor, Energy Storage Requirements in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Sizing the drive system, Design of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Energy Management Strategies.

8. Course: Air Quality Management Program: B.Tech Civil Year: 4
Air pollution-sources, effects on human, vegetation, environment, air pollutants. Indoor pollution. Meteorology, factors affecting dispersion of pollutants, Plume behaviour. Modelling of air pollutants, Dispersion modelling. Monitoring of pollutants-Particulate and gaseous, Control of air pollutants-Methods for particulate and gaseous pollutants, Air quality legislations

9. Course: Water Resources Engineering Program: B.Tech Civil Year: 3
Hydrologic cycle, Precipitation, Infiltration and Evaporation- measurement and data analysis. Runoff - components and computation, Hydrograph, Unit Hydrograph and S- Hydrograph. Irrigation types and methods- Soil water plant relationships, Frequency of irrigation, Computation of crop water requirement. Stream flow measurement - Stage -discharge curve. Meandering of rivers, river training works. Surface water systems: diversion and storage systems, reservoir -estimation of storage capacity and yield of reservoirs -reservoir sedimentation -useful life of reservoir. Groundwater - Aquifer types and properties -Steady radial flow into a well. Estimation of yield of an open well.

10. Course: Environmental Engineering- I Program: B.Tech Civil Year: 4
Water sources, demand, factors, Quantity estimation, Population forecasting, Quality of water. Water treatment- Physical methods, Chemical methods. Design of sedimentation tank, flocculator, clariflocculator, filters, Membrane treatment techniques. Disinfection- methods. Distribution of water, Pumps, Hardy Cross method of analysis

11. Course: Environmental Engineering- II Program: B.Tech Civil Year: 4
Wastewater, sources, characteristics, Sewer appurtenances, Disposal of wastewater in streams, Streeter Phelps equation, Oxygen sag curve, Treatment methods, Aerobic and anaerobic methods, Design of various treatment units-Screening, Grit chamber, Sedimentation tank, Activated Sludge process, Trickling filter, Septic tanks, Imhoff tanks, oxidation ditches, Oxidation ponds, Sludge digestion, sludge drying. Design of sewers, Circular sewers, Partial flow and full flow conditions

RESEARCH PROJECTS

1. Electric Solar Vehicle

Vimal Jyothi Engineering College, Department of Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of HOD ME – Cdr.Raju K.K (Retd.) successfully launched its first Solar Electric vehicle under the name of Team Soura for the final round of ESVC-2k18. This is the first time a team has manufactured a vehicle of its kind and is the only team from Kerala to successfully clear the virtual rounds of the ESVC – 2K18 and further proceed for the final round of the championship. The final event was held at Vishnu Universal Learning – Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh from 27 March 2018 to 03 March 2018.

Electric Solar Vehicle Electric Solar Vehicle Electric Solar Vehicle

2. Cloud based SCADA systems for Integrated Water Resources Development and Management in Kannur District of Kerala

KERALA-"God's own country", the water rich State which has an average annual precipitation of around 3000 mm, is facing water scarcity, falling groundwater levels,drought, rivers running dry, shrinking wet lands and frustrated farmers. The people forget this water shortage as problem of floods creeps by then. It is the result of missed the bountiful monsoon water investment and mismanagement of this precious resource.

About 52 billion cubic meters (bcm) water going waste to the sea during the monsoons against the estimated 60 bcm average annual stream flow in the State. Obviously, very few number of major and medium storage is being constructed to detain the monsoon flows. The environmental groups and others have been vociferous against massive structures and needed only small structures to harness the monsoon flows. Hence a combination of major, medium and minor storage's have to be further constructed in the State to utilize the available monsoon flows.

What is needed for this is an Integrated Water Resources Development And Management (IWRDM) approach. In this, both the concerns of supply management and demand management will be addressed. The decision makers, water professionals, environmental activists and the user groups in general all will be made aware of roles played by them to ensure the upkeep of quality and optimal utilization of the water. The power generation module can be added to this structure.

For the IWRDM to function effectively we need to move towards a Cloud based Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which is the fourth generation SCADA system.

SCADA being a modern control system method here uses computers, networked data communications and Human Machine (HMI) user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management. We use peripheral devices such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and discrete PID controllers for the real-time control logic or controller control actions like the check dam shutter or valve opening (actuators). Which are performed by networked modules based on the demand from the farmers or based on the set points compared with the various sensors like level, temperature, rainfall, moisture content, water flow etc. This project would be an answer to drought, flooding, and salinity intrusion.

3. Solar Powered Segway

The goal is to reduce pollution from cars and gasoline and make transportation more fun. Segway is personal transporter consisting of motorized wheel with an automatic solar charging system. The major problem with the Segway available in the market is that, they cannot be used on steep surfaces and get easily damaged due to cheap parts used, weight of the user and the way he/she uses it. This project is designed such a way that anyone can easily operate it, without any prior training or experience. The Segway is having a major advantage that it can easily steer through heavy traffic and have to access to narrow lanes and paths.

4. Assessment of indoor air quality of Cannanore spinning and weaving mill, Mahe unit

Indoor air quality (IAQ) has gained much attention in recent years, mainly due to the large amount of time we spend indoors in modern times. Over the last four decades, most of the air quality management programs have been targeted only to regulate outdoor air pollution and the indoor air pollution (IAP) was typically under-reported.

A study was carried out assess the indoor air quality of Cannanore spinning and weaving mill, Mahe unit. Environmental Dust Monitor (EDM) was used for the determination of particulate matter concentration which is based on the principle of the light scattering of single particles with a semiconductor laser as light source. This study consists of analysis of the physical characteristics of aerosols in the different sections of the industry and the impact on the health condition of the workers. The indoor air pollutants can be minimized by reducing the amount of pollutants in the working atmosphere and also by providing awareness to the workers by informing about the sources & effects of pollutants, proper operation of ventilation system.

Events

IEEE WIE-WISE 3.0 at VJEC
IEEE WIE-WISE 3.0 at VJEC

IEEE WIE affinity group of Vimal Jyothi Engineering College conducted Digital literacy for Kudumbashree members of Eruvessy panchayath on 06/11/2018 at VJEC .35 members of different kudumbashree units of Eruvessy panchayath were participated. 27 IEEE students actively taken classes and they were supervised under Ms. Lipina Gopal M(IEEE WIE VJEC Staff Advisor) & Mr. Prabhin James(IEEE PES & PELS VJEC Staff Advisor).
Hearty congratulations to staff and students for their commitment during the holiday

One day workshop on BIM on 12.11.18
One day workshop on BIM on 12.11.18

Dept. of Civil Engg. in association with Institution of Engineers (INDIA) organize one day workshop on BIM on 12.11.18

IEEE VJEC SB Programmes - RHEA and Wie WISE
IEEE VJEC SB Programmes - RHEA and Wie WISE

1. Digital Literacy for women (Wise 3.0) -For Kudumbashree workers of Eruvessy Panchayath on 6th November at 11am ,venue-software lab EEE
2.Health and Hygiene Awareness for Women by Dr. Sona Ramanujan, Chief Medical Officer, Mahatma Nature Cure Centre, Bakkalam on 7th November 2018 at 4pm, venue- Varikkatu hall.

Two-Day Workshop on Soft Computing Techniques
Two-Day Workshop on Soft Computing Techniques

On behalf of IEEE IES society, We The Department of ECE is organizing a Two-Day Workshop on Soft Computing Techniques from 9th Nov to 10th Nov 2018.

One day workshop on Advanced technological trends in green building
One day workshop on Advanced technological trends in green building

One-day workshop was conducted in association with Go Green club for first semester civil engineering students on 4 Nov 2017. Mr. Shibu Krishnan, Environmental Engg. division head, College of Engineering, Trivandrum was the resource person.In this workshop students were given the exposure of various practices and technologies employed in the green building which would lead to the environmental, social and economic benefit.