Educating Future Mechanical Engineers: Brainstorming Workshop 

July 10, 2021,  09:00 - 13:00 on Virtual Platform


Demography, economy, industry, technology and other factors are creating a paradigm shift in the nature of work, workplace, and workforce. There is a need to envision the role of future mechanical engineers in the society, and how to train the next generation of such engineers. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, in collaboration with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) is pleased to host this brainstorming workshop to deliberate on the relevant issues.


Discussion points

Mechanical engineering temper (knowledge, skillset and mindset) to be inculcated in students
How mechanical engineering discipline ought to be taught in India in the next decade
UG curriculum suitable for industry career‐focused and academic/research‐focused institutions
Suitable ways to use technology in the pedagogy for mechanical engineering

Invited participants

Faculty from different institutes
Government representatives
Industry and R&D professionals
Recent graduates (2020‐2021)



Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh, Chair, Mechanical Engineering, IISc
Prof. Aloke Kumar, Mechanical Engineering, IISc
Prof. Navaneetha K. Ravichandran, IISc





9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome notes
Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe,  Chair, AICTE, New Delhi
Prof. Arunn Narasimhan, Convener, Mechanical Engineering Section, INAE

9:15 - 10:00 AM

Context Setting

Chair: Prof. M. L. Munjal

Prof. B. Ravi

Institute Chair Professor, IIT Bombay

Curriculum Framework and Drivers

Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh

Chair, Mechanical Engineering, IISc Bangalore

Mechanical Engineering Temper

Prof. P.V.M. Rao

Head, Design Department, IIT Delhi

Hands‐on Experiential Learning Paradigms

Dr. Nagahanumaiah

Director, CMTI Bangalore

Mechanical Engineering SWOT and Gap analysis

Dr. U. Chandrasekhar

Program Director, Wipro3D, Bangalore

Outcome‐based Education







10:00 - 11:00 AM

Distilled Thoughts

Chair: Prof. Pradip Dutta

Prof. Amitabha Ghosh

Vice Chancellor, IIST Shibpur

Science as a Foundation for Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Sameer Khandekar

IIT Kanpur

Mechanical Engineering Teaching and Learning Ecosystem

Prof. Rudra Pratap

Vice Chancellor, Plaksha University

Modernizing Mechanical Engineering Education

Dr. A. Raghu Upadhya

Jain University, Bangalore

Need and ways to 'IT'fy Mechanical Engineering

Mr. M. Lakshminarayan

Chairman, TVS Automotive Systems

Mechanical Engineering: Employability Skill Set

Ms. Mohini Kelkar

Grind Master Machines, Aurangabad

Industry Expectations from Mechanical Engineers

Dr. Neeraj Saxena

AICTE, New Delhi, formerly, TIFAC

Maker Labs for DIY Hands‐on Fabrication Skills

Prof. K.V. Gangadharan

NIT Surathkal

Remote and Virtual Mechanical Laboratories

Prof. Sangeeha Kohli

PIIT Delhi

Mechanical Engineering for the Society

Prof. Ashok Shettar

KLE Hubli

Mechanical Engineers ‐ from Job Seekers to Job Creators

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Chairs: Prof. Amitabha Ghosh, Prof. P.V.M. Rao

Science and Introductory Engineering Courses

Chairs: Prof. A.M. Kuthe, Prof. Bajirao Gawali

Core Courses for Mechanical Engineers

Chairs: Prof. Pradip Dutta, Dr. U. Chandrasekhar

Technology Courses for Mechanical Engineers

Chairs: Prof. G.K. Ananthasuresh, Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan

Inter/Multi/Trans‐disciplinary & Minor Courses

Chairs: Dr. Nagahanumaiah, Dr. K.V. Gangadharan

Practical Lab Skills, Internship and Project

Chairs: Prof. Sangeetha Kohli, Prof. B. Ravi

Humanities & Professional Skill Courses

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Summary and Conclusion

Chair: Prof. Dileep N. Malkhede and Prof. B. Ravi

Contact: AICTE, New Delhi

Dr. Pradeep Bhaskar
+91 9881248133

Contact: IISc, Bangalore

Prof. Aloke Kumar
+91 7619131391