Established in 2008, Infinity Management and Engineering College (IMEC) is an initiative of Evolution Education Society, Sagar, MP. The main objective of IMEC is to provide high-quality, comprehensive education, training, and research opportunities on par with those available in larger cities to the very talented youth of the Bundelkhand region.
“At IMEC, we continually strive to identify and combine contemporary information and experiences with traditional knowledge,” shares Dr. Sudha Malviya, Chairperson, IMEC. In light of this, the engineering program at IMEC aims at fostering an environment where – industry-engaged education, hands-on training, and current trends & skills are given precedence; and where the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge are synergistically balanced. Altogether, IMEC prepares and empowers students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industrial landscape.
A State-of-the-Art Educational Campus
IMEC is one of the finest and oldest engineering colleges in the Bundelkhand region, with a 25-acre campus comprising state-of-the-art infrastructure and modern facilities. The campus is also home to national and international students, where students of all races, religions, orientations, and ethnicities come together to engage in excellent academic and research activities. This is because IMEC strives to give its students the best education and creates an ideal environment for enhanced opportunities and self-discovery.
Moreover, the exemplary academic programme at IMEC is not limited to textbooks; rather, a hands-on practical approach to learning is adopted. Students are sent on periodic industry visits and encouraged to seek training at companies of repute within MP and across India. The institute also regularly invites luminaries from the business world, sports, and politics to inspire students and provide networking opportunities.
Besides academics, IMEC organises numerous co-curricular activities and annual events like Prabhav (technical fest) and Hungama (sports and cultural rendezvous). Through them, students can discover and showcase their talents and aptitude in front of the college fraternity.
IMEC has an impressive roster of PhD faculty from accomplished backgrounds with vast experience and training in teaching, research and industry. They are not only passionate about their subjects but also work towards preparing their students to take on any challenge that the world has to offer.
Moreover, many faculty members have authored books and published research articles in high-impact factor, peer-reviewed national and international journals. IMEC encourages its faculty to upskill and keep abreast with the latest technological advancements and pass those insights and knowledge on to their students.
Nurturing Academia-Industry Collaboration
Industry and academics are the two central pillars of the economy. Therefore, a collaboration between the two results in the growth of the education system and the creation of a skilled workforce. IMEC has collaborated with over 30 national and 50 state-level companies to groom employable students. The institute has also entered into MOUs with multiple companies of great repute to conduct technical and non-technical training, company visits, internships, and employment opportunities. These include NASSCOM FutureSkills, REDHAT, Consortium of Technical Education, Sagar Smart City Incubation Centre, Edunet Foundation, CISCO, NIIT, and many other national and local entities.
In addition, IMEC conducts various webinars and seminars wherein industry experts are invited to educate and update the students and faculty regarding the latest industry expectations. Likewise, the institute organises multiple faculty development programmes (FDPs) to enhance academicians’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve the quality of higher education and deliver a consistent and holistic student experience.
Igniting Entrepreneurship Skills in Students
At IMEC, the Corporate Relations, Employability, Placement, and Training (CREPT) Cell has been set up to bring the best technical training, learning initiatives, and networking opportunities to enable students to flourish. CREPT cell also aims at developing corporate relations by constantly staying in touch with various industries, thereby creating visibility for the campus and students in the corporate sector. Likewise, the cell actively approaches companies for recruitment, internships, expert lectures, trainings, and other professional collaborations.
Besides these, the training programmes developed by the CREPT team intend to equip students with relevant employability skills, including technical, managerial skills and life skills. Students are trained in logic & aptitude, technical skills, group discussions, and personal interviews. Comprehensively, these training programmes equips students with a deep understanding of employability, various skills required to be employed, industry expectations from freshers, corporate etiquette & behaviour, and ethical work practices.
In addition, the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) at IMEC is geared toward speeding up the growth and success of start-ups and early-stage companies. It promotes knowledge-based and technology-driven start-ups by harnessing young minds and their innovation potential in an academic environment.
An Impressive Placement Record
IMEC is cognizant that the end goal of all educational endeavours is to secure employment opportunities. With this goal in mind, IMEC organises numerous campuses throughout the year. In the placement drive for 2022, 80% of the students were successfully placed in reputed companies. The highest CTC stood at INR 10 Lakh CPA, while the average CTC stood at INR 3.5 CPA. The year saw a 24% increase in the number of offers and a 13.64% increase in the number of companies offering pre-placement offers.
IMEC students have been placed at companies like TCS, Accenture, Hexaware, Byju’s, Revature, Bi-Sol Pvt., Wipro, Tech Mahindra, Capgemini, Infosys, AT&T, Tanishq, Ericson, etc.
Role of Creativity in Engineering & Engineering Education
In the present world, the trends of growing complexity and fast-paced innovation in solving real-world problems have increased the importance of both creative and critical thinking in engineering. Unfortunately, the traditional engineering curriculum focuses excessively on narrow and deep technical specifications, leaving little or no room for creativity and innovation, thereby creating a disconnect.
At IMEC, this gap is addressed through holistic changes to engineering education by adding innovative and creative teaching techniques, skill-based training, creative topic selection for all significant and minor project work, quizzes & competitions, games and role play, and inspirational videos. Students are also motivated and rewarded for demonstrating creativity and innovation.
Preparing Students for Industry 4.0
“At Infinity, our focus is on ensuring that education is not limited to the textbook,” shares Dr. Sudha Malaiya. “We encourage students to work towards understanding and addressing relevant world issues, question traditional approaches, and enhance capabilities to better meet the challenges of the professional world.”
As a result, IMEC has actively revamped its curriculum to make it more industry relevant by emphasising transversal skills and V-shape Engineers’ workspaces, work-based learning, employability-centric education, and strengthening collaborations between academia and industry. Additionally, guided projects, collaborative learning, industry certifications, and active makers spaces have become an integral part of the learning at IMEC.
Scholarships Offering a Strong Foundation to Students’ Success
Central Government and State Government sanctioned scholarships, to provide free education to financially weak students are honoured at IMEC, the. Moreover, students from SC, ST, OBC, and minority communities can avail scholarships offered by the MP government. Likewise, eligible students can apply for scholarships such as Mukhyamantri Medhavi Vidyarthi Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Jan Kalyan Yojana, post-matric scholarship schemes, Pratibha Kiran scholarship, Gaon Ki Beti Yojana, etc. In addition to these state-sponsored scholarships, IMEC self-funds and offers scholarships to meritorious and minority students through its scholarship fund.
Overcoming the Pandemic Challenges
At the onset of the first nationwide lockdown imposed due to the pandemic, the educators of IMEC had to shift to an online teaching mode overnight. Later, as the 2020-2021 academic year progressed, IMEC revamped its academic pedagogy to ensure minimum disruption in learning. Steps taken include – digital lecture delivery processes and techniques, aided lab work and practical learning in the home environment with material sourced from the home, bite sized tests and quizzes to continually track learning, and recorded videos to make flexible learning possible. The new setup also gave every student a front-row seat, enabling them to replay full lectures or the tricky parts they didn’t understand at first. Even the smaller classes benefited from this replay feature.
Moreover, other classes were conducted live via streaming platforms such as Zoom. Some features like the chat function, for instance, emboldened students who might have otherwise been too shy to raise their hand in the middle of a classroom. Remote learning also spearheaded more personable assessments such as oral exams. Professors initially gave oral exams over Zoom to maintain academic integrity in remote classes, but they quickly discovered advantages over traditional written tests. Students learned to articulate their analytical work clearly and formed better bonds with their instructors.
These changes to long-standing norms were initially adopted as temporary emergency measures, but the faculty, administrators, and students found them to be highly beneficial. In light of this, the whole system was shifted to the online platform during the pandemic.
Going ahead, IMEC plans to leverage the virtual platform to the maximum by giving its students access to the best teachers and opportunities worldwide. “We also hope to harness the abstract learnings of our students for the last 2 years and include them in all future technical developments and innovations,” shares Chairperson, Dr. Sudha Malaiya.
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