University BDT College of Engineering (UBDTCE), Davangere, is located in the central part of Karanataka (State), INDIA. Started in the year 1951, it was the only Governement Engineering College in the state. The College was named after the donors Bramhappa Devendrappa Tanvanappanavar (BDT), who donated 1.5 lakh rupees for the construction of the buildings. The then Maharaja of Mysore Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur laid the foundation stone for the College building on August 7, 1951. Subsequently, the College building was completed and inaugurated on September 24, 1956. The College continued as the only Government Engineering College (GBDTCE) affiliated to University of Mysore, for the entire state of Karnataka until it was transferred to Kuvempu University on June 1, 1992, as a Constituent Engineering College. Later on, with the establishment of Davangere University, UBDTCE became its Constituent Engineering College on August 18, 2009. Again, the College was transferred to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, on February 24, 2011 as its first Constituent Engineering College.
The College was started with only one branch in Civil Engineering (1951) at the Under Graduate (UG) level. Subsequently, other branches of engineering such as Mechanical, and Electrical & Electronics (1957), Electronics & Communication (1972), Computer Science, and Instrumentation Technology (Currently Electronics & Instrumentation) (1984), and Industrial & Production (1996) have been added. The current intake of the College from all these branches is 410 at the UG level.
A Post Graduate (PG) programme in Production Engineering Systems Technology (PEST) was started in the year 1987. In the year 2003, seven more PG programmes such as Computer Aided Design of Structures and Substructures (CADSS), Enivronmental Engineering, Thermal Power Engineering, Machine Design, Digital Communications and Networking, Power System and Power Electronics, Computer Science and Engineering, were introduced in different disciplines. The MBA, MCA programmes were started in the year 2011. Currently the total intake at Post Graduate level is 360. The College has so far produced about 40 Ph.D. and many research scholars are pursuing their doctoral degree in various frontiers of Engineering and Technology. At present about 3080 students are studying in this college.
The Institution is having highly qualified and dedicated faculty members to impart advanced knowledge in Engineering and Technology to students. Most of the faculty has acquired their Master's and Doctoral degrees from reputed institutions like IISc, IITs, NITs, PSGCT, etc.The college undertakes consultancy works in Civil, Electrical & Electronics, and other branches of Engineering.
The college is approved by AICTE and Under Graduate courses were accredited by NBA in the year 2001 for Five years. Further, Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering were accredited by NBA in the year 2009 for three years. NBA accreditation process for all the departments is currently in progress.
The college was one among the fourteen institutions in the state of Karnataka to get the World Bank Aided TEQIP Project Phase-I. The College utilized a grant of rupees nine crores in improving its infrastructural facilities and enhanced the quality of academic learning. The college library is equipped with good number of rare collection of old books and is further enriched with latest volumes during TEQIP phase-I.
Students of this college are known for discipline, academic brilliance, respect and love towards their teachers. The college is also aimed at providing high quality technical education to students. The students are also actively involved in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. The annual cultural festival "CHAITRA" is conducted which creates a platform for unearthing the hidden talents of students.
The institution is a member of Red Cross Society. Other Cells available are Science and Technology Entrepreneurs' Park (STEP), Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC), ISTE Staff and Students Chapters, Co-operative Society etc., for the benefit of students. Further, the institution is having separate boys and girls hostels to accommodate students from outside.
The Placement & Training Center is actively involved in placing the students in reputed organizations. Various companies like TCS, MindTree, Infosys, HCL, SLK Software, SIEMENS, Nokia, Zindal, Several Public Sector Undertakings etc., are visiting the college regularly. 446 students are placed in different organizations in the academic year 2010-13. Many of Alumni of the College have grown to top positions in private and public sectors not only in India but also in other parts of the world. The College has already completed 63 years of its fruitful existence and is planning to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee soon.
Dr. Shivaprasad B Dandagi
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