13th February, 2017 – students of School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) pursuing B.Tech and Diploma courses in second year under Department of Automobile & Mechanical Engineering went for a special Industry Visit to Automotive Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd., (AMPL) which is awarded as All India Best Dealer for Ashok Leyland,the 2nd largest commercial vehicle manufacturing company in India.
Itis an authorized workshop of Ashok Leyland Heavy Duty Vehicles located atAslali, Ahmedabad. The main objective behind the visit was not only to introduce the students to the real time automobile world Garage and Mechanics performing various day to day functions of basic servicing and maintenance but also understanding other related operations and functioning of a garage for goods vehicles. Prof.ShahidurrehmanQurayshi and Prof. Hirendrasinh Parmar from Department of Automobile Engineering accompanied the students.
The students were divided into two groups as per their area of specialization; the first group comprised of Automobile students and was accompanied by Prof. Hirendrasinh.Whereas the second group consisted of Mechanical Engineering students who were accompanied by Prof. Qurayshi. They were further guided by the one of the resource personsfromthe company Mr. Sandeep. Students saw live demonstration and understood explanation from expert mechanics for areas like Service Bay, Service and Maintenance Area, Spare Parts Shop, Machine Shop, Accident Department, Body Shop,Paint Shop, Tyre Shop (Work of Wheel Balancing, Wheel Alignment and Tyre Changing etc. are carried out), Upholstery Department etc. They practically understood a lot about Dumpers& Trucks andobtained the deep knowledge and tips for service operations, gearbox and its various parts, overhauling of Engine, Accident Vehicle related Work of a Vehicle, etc.
Enthusiastic students came up with many questions and it led into an interactive learning approach. Seeing the demonstration involved learning by reason, explanation and practically faced issues in the real world, this is also one of the strategies of teaching in the Department of Automobile Engineering.Overall, the visited was well organized by Corporate Resource Cell. Students had a clearer understanding about concepts studied and it’s was agreed by all that it requires practical experience to be an adept, which is best acquired on the factory floors.