The activities of 37th Series of SPP started in October 2013. The Council contacted experts from Indian Institute of Science and various R&D institutions in identifying thrust areas for selection of student projects.
Following are thrust areas recommended by the experts for student projects.
The Council received 1437 project proposals from various disciplines from 111 institutions in the State. These proposals were scrutinized by experts from Indian Institute of Science and other R&D institutions. After rigorous processing, 370 proposals from 97 engineering colleges were supported and sponsored with a total financial assistance of about Rs. 18.81 Lakhs. Additionally KSCST & Karnataka State Bio-fuel Development board (KSBDB) jointly supported 50 projects biofuel / bioenergy area.
Demonstration of the implemented projects were evaluated by experts. Based on methodology and final output, 105 projects were selected for Seminar and 100 for Exhibition.
The Council organised the 37th Series Seminar and Exhibition on 28th and 29th July 2014, at B. V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli. The programme was inaugurated on 28th July 2014 at 10.00 AM by Dr. Gopal K. Kadekodi, Honorary Professor, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad and Former Director Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. Prof. G. R. Naik, Vice Chancellor i/c, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga addressed the gathering and released the SPP Biofuel Compendium. Prof. B. G. Mulimani, Vice Chancellor, BLDE Medical University, Bijapur and Former Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga presided over the function and released the SPP Engineering Compendium and Compact Disc. Dr. M. Prithviraj, Executive Secretary, KSCST encouraged the young engineers to take up more R&D related activities.
Seminars and Exhibition of selected projects were held in those two days. The projects exhibited were evaluated by a panel of scientists and engineers from Indian Institute of Science and National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore and other research organizations. In addition to these, special lectures were arranged. Mr. Vinay Konaje, CEO, Navya Biologicals Pvt. Ltd., BVBCET campus, Hubli delivered technical lecture on "Entrepreneurship, R&D in Biotechnology and related areas"; and Shri Vishwanath, CEO, Karadi Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd., Chennai delivered a talk on "Magic English Learning for Technical Education Programme" on 28th July 2014 between 5.30 PM to 7.00 PM. Technical lectures continued on 29th July 2014 with Prof. N. Balakrishnan, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC), Indian Institute of Science, delivering technical lecture on the topic "Revenge of Silicon" at 9.30 AM..
Valedictory programme was held on 29th July 2014 at 3.00 PM. Dr. S. Seetharamu, Director, Central Power Research Institute, Bangalore was the Chief Guest. Dr. Amitha Gill, Director, Rajasthan State Council for Science and Technology, Jaipur, was the guest of honor. Prizes were distribued to award winning projects and colleges. The best performing college of the year award went to Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore.