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

Telugu super news,Hyderabad, February 29, 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

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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