Mar 7, 2024

BITS Pilani WILP Introduces PG Diploma programme in Smart Manufacturing to Help Engineers Upskill in Diverse Industries

Hyderabad, India — February 28, 2024: The Work Integrated Learning Programmes (WILP) division of Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani has introduced a new PG Diploma programme in Smart Manufacturing, which is designed to help engineers working in diverse industries to design, implement, and manage manufacturing operations using digital technologies. The programme, which can be pursued without a career break, has been developed in collaboration with organisations from the manufacturing sector.

The PG Diploma programme has three broad themes — additive manufacturing, industrial IoT, and operations management — supporting range of processes from data acquisition to realisation of digital factories. It covers the technology enablers of digital factories, such as mechatronics, industrial IoT, big data analytics, machine learning, blockchains, cloud computing, connected manufacturing, microfabrication, and cybersecurity. The last date for applications for admissions in this programme is March 18, 2024.

Experiential learning to aid implementation of smart manufacturing practices

Global companies across diverse industries are showing immense appetite and interest in implementing smart manufacturing practices. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global smart manufacturing market size was valued at $277.81 billion in 2022, and is projected to grow from $310.92 billion in 2023 to $754.1 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period. To participate in this phenomenal growth, engineers need to upskill themselves in smart manufacturing practices, which includes gaining a thorough understanding and hands-on experience of advanced technologies and Industry 4.0 components.

Real-world case studies often help engineers understand industry-specific challenges and solutions, preparing them for versatile roles. Integrating experiential learning into the programme facilitates hands-on experience and practical learning opportunities. Accordingly, the institution provides learners with access to their state-of-the-art lab infrastructure, which includes remotely accessible and computer-controllable equipment.

Reflecting on the value that the participants can derive from this PG diploma programme in Smart Manufacturing, Prof. Paramesw Chidamparam, who heads the core engineering group of the WILP division at BITS Pilani, says, "This programme imparts skills in key areas, such as digital technologies, data analytics, automation, robotics, and cybersecurity, to foster creativity, innovation, and effective collaboration among the participants — this in turn helps them with capabilities to integrate multiple technologies and processes. In addition to this, their exposure to hands-on learning opportunities further enhances their problem-solving skills and decision-making ability — thereby helping them adapt to the dynamic challenges of Industry 4.0 and contribute to the development of smart factories."

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