Dear friends,
In line with my previous post, I’m glad to inform you that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) course got 32 participants enrolled, which is more than enough registration to offer the course at the Center for Continuing Education (CCE)at IISc as part of Proficiency Programme. Yesterday CCE had arranged a meeting with all the faculty members of various courses. I had the privilege to attend the meeting as a faculty in the same institute where I joined for a master’s degree nearly eleven years back . We were given logistical guidelines for conducting the course, like in terms of attendance, tests, exams, etc. I also had the opportunity to interact with other faculty members. My first class was scheduled just after the meeting at the Center.
I started my first class by giving my own introduction. I shared my background and my experience in the Industry and my association with the Institute. After giving an elaborate introduction about various jobs and some important projects that I did in a career spanning a decade, I requested the participants to give their introduction too. I also requested them to share the reason they opted this particular course. I was thrilled to see the diversity of the participants in the class room. I could see a 2015 batch engineering graduate to a person with 30+ years experience in industry in my class. We have participants from Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics and Software engineering background. Each one of them had interesting objective in mind before registering the course. I could infer that hardly a few with the objective of only certification from IISc as the primary reason for taking up the course. For my first attempt as a faculty at this center, I must say that this class seems quite promising.
In the second hour of the session I shared FluxGen’s work in last five years. I presented three projects that involved significant Industrial IoT share. I’m very thankful to my friend and batch mate from IISc (2006 -2008) Yatish, who currently works with MSME, for assisting me in conducting this course. He shared his experience as a product development engineer in the past and also about various government initiatives for supporting startups and product development activities. He also conducted a simple survey on how many participants took the course with entrepreneurship in IoT as the main objective — which turned out to be 40%.
I concluded the class by giving an assignment to the participants, which is to contact a person working in a factory, preferably a manufacturing facility and have a detailed discussion about how they can possibly increase the productivity or cut down cost by the application of IoT. This assignment is very crucial for the success of course in terms of its objective. I’m hoping to pick about eight problem statements where application of IoT is very decisive.
In case you have a problem statement from your manufacturing plant or factory that you think is worth solving in my class then kindly let me know. We’ll be more than happy to solve and hopefully develop a product around it:

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