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Standards Clubs launched at KCT to expose students to Indian Standards

Standards Clubs launched at KCT to expose students to Indian Standards

Standards Clubs launched at KCT to expose students to Indian Standards

A ‘Standards Club’ was inaugurated at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) on 07 December 2022 to expose students on various aspects of Indian Standards.

The club was launched in association with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) (under ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Government of India) Coimbatore branch. The Department of Civil Engineering, Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) had initiated the process which was attended by over 150 students from across departments.

Mr D Akhil, Assistant Director, BIS Coimbatore and A Rajeev, the standards promotion officer, were the chief guests during the inauguration.

Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) came into being in 1987 to build a climate for quality culture and consciousness and greater participation of consumers in formulation and implementation of national standards. BIS has taken the initiative of creating Standards Clubs in educational institutions comprising teachers and students as members. The Club needs to carry out a variety of student-centric activities aimed at providing them opportunities for learning on the themes of Quality and Standardization.

Mr. A. Rajeev, SPO explained the importance of Standards Club and its activities. Inaugurating the standards club, Mr D Akil, Assistant Director, BIS Coimbatore introduced students to the BIS Care mobile application. He said the mobile application has come as an ideal tool for consumers to check and verify quality of products that they purchase. Be it domestic pressure cooker, gold jewel, or packaged drinking water or even plain copier paper, this tool is relevant to verify the product. It will help the consumer to know when and where the product was manufactured and its specifications.

“It is very essential for college students to know about the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as they will become entrepreneurs, business experts and technical committee members in future. Knowing the standards will give an edge for students as industry looks for students with such knowledge,” said Mr Akhil. While students from civil engineering department should know the quality of cement used during the construction activity, they can know about the quality and the grade of cement by following standards code which is part of the standards club activity.

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Under the club activity, students will also be taken to manufacturing units where they can observe the process of a product manufacturing and how standards are followed during the process, he said. Standards writing competition will also be part of the club activities where students will be asked to give ideas to optimize a particular product in the market by identifying its flaws based on the customer feedback. This will kindle their interest in product manufacturing and become entrepreneurs, said Mr Akil.

Dr. P. Eswaramoorthi, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, gave the opening remarks. The mentor of the standards club Mrs. A. Vennila, Assistant Professor Department of Civil Engineering briefed about the Objective of Standards Club. Dr. D. Saravanan, the principal of Kumaraguru College of Technology, delivered the presidential address and thanked BIS for creating the Standards Club in KCT.

A quiz competition related to BIS was conducted for the students during the event and winners were awarded with cash prizes. The inauguration concluded with vote of Thanks by Dr.V. Selvan, Professor & Head, KCT.

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