Hindustan Times | Jul 10, 2017 | Ananya Barua | Pune |
The E-rickshaw will give a platform for BVDU’s faculty and students to develop a low cost electrocnic vehicles through research projects.
Bharati Vidyapeeth (BVDU) college of engineering has launched an E-rickshaw as part of their initiative to develop electric vehicle awareness for its engineering students. The electrical department of the college had recently introduced E-rickshaw for various undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD level projects and experiments, especially in the areas of battery, super capacitor, motors and mechanical systems. These E-rickshaws were purchased by the college with the research grant it received under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TQIP) scheme. Dr Anand Bhalerao, principal of BVDU college of engineering referred to this initiative as the first of its kind in Pune, aimed at creating awareness among the students about the importance of electric vehicles (EV). “This E-rickshaw will give a platform for BVDU’s faculty and students to develop a low cost EVs through research projects,” he added.
Pointing out that a change is imminent from conventional vehicles to electric vehicles, he said, “We need to educate our students at school and college levels about its importance. UGC and AICTE should give grants to various educational institutes for the purchase of electric vehicles for daily use as well as for research projects.” Dr D S Bankar, head of department of the electrical department of BVDU, further added that this technology was the need of the hour and that “all colleges should follow the footsteps of BVDU.” To further understand and research about reducing the cost of the EVs and on methods to increase the battery life, Prof R M Holmukhe and his research students will be conducting experiments on these E-rickshaws. – Courtesy