´╗┐ St. Francis Institute of Technology

Head of Department

Dr Gautam Shah

The department was established in 1999, with a sanctioned intake of 60 for the undergraduate Bachelors programme. Over the years, we have been striving hard pursuing our vision to become a centre of excellence, by upgrading the qualifications of the faculty, promoting research and developing the infrastructure. In 2010 the sanctioned intake was increased to 120 for the undergraduate Bachelors programme. Slowly but steadily we have grown by introducing the postgraduate Masters programme in 2012 and Doctoral programme in 2015. The UG programme was provisionally accredited for a period of two years from August 2012. The University of Mumbai has granted the institute permanent affiliation in 2015. We are placed amongst the top six institutes in the University as far as the results of first year of engineering are concerned.

Our teaching faculty is constantly climbing the academic ladder and over the years, three of the four professors in the department have been sponsored by the institute and completed their doctoral programmes successfully. They regularly interact with the university, government organizations, other universities and institutes. Five faculty members are currently pursuing their doctoral programme, and five faculty members have successfully completed their masters' programme sponsored by the institute.

We are updating our knowledge by attending workshops, training programs conducted by premier institutes like IITs, NITs and IISCs. Our institute is a remote centre for programmes conducted by IITs under the National Mission on Education through ICT. Faculty experts are taking up the responsibilities of the workshop coordinator and course coordinators for these programs. Faculty members have delivered invited talks in conferences and other institutes. We are presenting and publishing our research work in national/international conferences/journals like NCC, INDICON, TENCON, Elsevier and Springer. We have received research grants from and are involved in setting up of syllabus for the Electronics & Telecommunication branch in the University of Mumbai. The department was headed by Dr. T. S. Rathore a retired professor from IIT, Bombay from 2006 to 2012. He has been a constant source of guidance to the department. The institute academic advisory committee consisting of eminent academicians like Dr. S. N. Merchant and Dr. S. Biswas, professors from IIT Bombay, Dr. B. K. Lande, retired professor from VJTI, has always been advising the department for academic improvements. We have had invited talks from eminent personalities of IIT Bombay.

There are sufficient laboratories in the department to take care of the curriculum. They are well equipped and maintained to handle the courses assigned to the laboratory and the projects in the corresponding areas of specialization. The technical staff is also encouraged to upgrade their qualifications. We have signed an MOU with Eduvance to facilitate the donation of educational material, conduct faculty workshops and provide internships to students. We encourage innovation, teamwork and research. The teaching staff has received training and are utilizing the same in their laboratory sessions beyond the regular syllabus experiments. This has benefited the students in doing internships and projects.

It has always been our endeavour to nurture and develop graduates and post graduates not only with a strong academic foundation, but also with an all-round personality and ethical values. On the academic front, our results are consistent and quite impressive. Students of our department have achieved top university ranks. They are very dynamic and involved in co-curricular & extra-curricular activities. They are associated with Robotics and automation development laboratory (RadLab), participate in the events like Robocon a National Robotics Competition,   & E-yantra, an initiative by IIT Bombay. They also participate in various activities organized under E-Cell, an entrepreneurship initiative of the institute. On the social front, they are involved in the activities organized by the Social Responsibility Cell of the institute.

Our alumni are also doing a great job by returning back to their alma mater and giving their inputs and services. All in all our strength is in the unity of our well qualified and dedicated staff, graceful alumni and vibrant students. We are just seventeen years into existence and moving slowly but steadily towards our goal.


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