Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science

Mechanical Engineering Department

The Department of Mechanical Engineering started in 1986 with an intake of 40 students, today has an intake of 120. The Department offers an Undergraduate programme, BTech in Mechanical Engineering and two Postgraduate programes - M.Tech. in Energy Systems Engineering and Machine Design with an intake of 18 students each. With excellent infrastructural facilities in terms of class rooms and laboratories, the faculty are engaged in research activities and sponsored research projects worth more than Rs. 90 Lakhs are already executed. A research project of Rs. 77.28 Lakhs is in progress in Micromachining area with 50% fund sharing by Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation, Government of Karnataka. The department has excellent research outputs in terms of publications in refereed International Journals and National and International Conferences. The faculty members have been continuously updating their technical expertise and knowledge by attending/organizing seminars, conferences and workshops. Many faculty have won several awards and sponsorships for attending and conducting seminars and conferences. Students are exposed and trained in facilities like Automotive Learning factory, Fronius Welding Simulation, Industrial version CNC machine etc.


To produce Mechanical engineers of the highest quality who are professionally competent and highly qualified to suit the needs of industries and organizations by promoting excellence in teaching, learning and research.


The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering is committed to

  • Provide high quality education to the students, to fulfill the requirements ofa ‘Global Engineer’
  • Constantly strive to improve the teaching-learning methods, in order to deliver good academic programs
  • Respond to the fast evolving scientific and technological challengesin a highly competitive world
  • Inculcate, ethics, integrity, honesty, credibility, social and environmental consciousness

Mechanical Engineering graduates of the institution shall be able to

  • Work in industry, government and research organizations to do research, design, develop, test, evaluate and implement cutting edge engineering solutions to problems encountered in professional practice
  • Communicate and perform as an effective engineering professional in both individual and team-based project environments in industrial and research based organizations
  • Consider the ethical implications and societal impact of engineering solutions including environment and sustainability
  • Continuously improve lifelong learning through active participation in professional & societal development, adapt to new cultures and emerging career opportunities
  • PO1: Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems
  • PO2: Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences
  • PO3: Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations
  • P04: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis, and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions
  • PO5: Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations
  • PO6: The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice
  • PO7: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and the need for sustainable development
  • PO8: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice
  • P09: Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings
  • PO10:Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions
  • PO11: Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments
  • PO12: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change

    At the end of the program students shall be able to

  • PSO 1: Apply the concepts and principles of design and to develop solutions to real world problems useful to industries and society in general, which are ethically right, economically sound and environmentally sustainable
  • PSO2: Apply thermal engineering principles in solving problems related to the domain, to improve efficiency, reduce losses and pollution and effectively harness different forms of renewable sources of energy for the betterment of future generations
  • PSO3: Recognize the importance of manufacturing process and its role in industrial development and provide knowledge about the basics and advances to improve productivity
  • CNC LAB.

Duration : 4 years (8 Semesters)

Intake : 120 Students

Skill Development


Computer Aided Engineering Graphics

This laboratory is used by first year students of chemistry cycle

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Engineering Skill Development Lab

Basic engineering skills like cutting, making joints etc are taught here..

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Machine Shop

Workshop which consists of different types of machine tools like Lathe, shaper, milling, slotting, CNC machines etc

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Foundry, Forging and Welding

workshop where students are trained to prepare the various types of models using heat

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Material Testing Laboratory

Laboratory is equipped with instruments such as Universal testing, Compression testing Machine

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Fluid Machinery Lab

In this lab experiments are conducted to evaluate the performance of Pelton turbine, Francis (reaction) turbine..

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Metrology and Measurements Lab

Engineering metrology is a very important subject for mechanical engineers..

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This course is offered as a part of the curriculum for VI semester Mechanical Engineering students.

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Energy Conversion Lab

The energy conversion engineering lab conducted for fourth semester mechanical engineering students.

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Dynamics Lab

Dynamics and vibrations are integral part of understanding many physical systems and technologies.

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Heat and Mass Transfer lab

In this lab experiments are conducted in all the three modes of heat transfer..

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Active Learning

Department implements active learning laboratory for Industrial Robotics course.

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Centre for Condition Monitoring

The centre works in the areas of tool condition monitoring, vibration based condition monitoring, artificial neural network based modelling and use of wavelet transform for signal processing. This centre was established in the year 2008 with a funding of Rs. 6.5 Lakhs from VTU under Research Grant Scheme.

Centre for Advanced Machining Research

The centre works in the area of high speed machining studies, tool wear measurement and evaluation, vibration data acquisition and surface roughness evaluation. This centre was established in the year 2013 with funding of Rs. 17.4 Lakhs from AICTE under Research Promotion Scheme and Rs. 0.15 Lakhs from IE(I) under Grant for R&D. The building space of the centre is 16 X16 sq.ft.

Centre for System Design, Fabrication and Testing

The research centre focuses on design, fabrication and testing of piezoelectric based micro actuators, thermoelectric based cooling systems, micro pumps, micro air vehicles, mini piezo-hydraulic drive systems, linear piezo-drives (Piezo stepping and inchworm mechanism) with sub-micrometer positioning accuracy and macro displacement range. Center also works towards development of new robot calibration techniques to determine the positioning and orientation error of robot arm. The following is a list of research projects are being executed in this research center.

  • Peltier based Cabinet cooling system, Air coolant system and High-Speed Spindle Cooling System
  • Piezowafer actuated Valveless Micropump
  • Piezo-hydraulic and electromagnetic high-pressure pump
  • Piezo actuator based prototype actuator with hydraulic displacement amplification
  • Micro heat sinks for microprocessor cooling applications
  • Piezo stepping actuator and Piezoactuator based Inchworm Drive
  • Piezoactuator based Flapping Type Micro Air Vehicle
  • Estimation of end-effector position and orientation error of a 3-DOF robotic arm

Centre for Research on Vibration Isolation System

Many industrial processes and equipment demand for active vibration isolation systems for their accurate functioning. Vibration isolation are of two types namely active vibration isolation and passive vibration isolation. Passive vibration isolation refers to vibration isolation by passive techniques such as rubber pads or mechanical springs. Active vibration isolation refers to vibration isolation by employing electric power, sensors, actuators and control systems.

An active vibration isolation system is developed using stacked piezoactuator. Amplitude and frequency of disturbing vibrations are measured in real time and a vibration signal out of phase by 180 degrees but of the same frequency is generated to nullify the induced vibration using stacked piezoactuator. The following is a list of research projects are being executed in this research center.

  • Development of piezoactuator based active vibration isolation unit.
  • Investigations on vibration assisted micromilling/ micro drilling.
  • Design on vibration isolation system for micromilling.
  • Design of high voltage driver for piezoactuator based active vibration isolation system.
  • Design of embedded controller for piezoactuator based active vibration isolation unit

Centre for Tool Based Micromachining Research

Micro systems find wide applications in biomedical electronics, optics, micro-mechanics, micro-fluidics, dies, moulds, etc. Component parts used in these systems have feature dimensions in micrometres and part volumes less than 1 mm3. Manufacture of these components with high accuracy is a challenge. The important research fields in this research center is on Micro-Electro-Discharge Machining and Tool based Micro Machining. Micro-Electro-Discharge Machining (micro-EDM) is a thermo-electric process for machining electrically conducting materials regardless of their mechanical properties. Being a non-contact process, micro-EDM is one of the best alternative methods that can be used for machining high aspect ratio 3D micro structures. Tool-based Mechanical Micro Machining technology is gaining importance in Micro-Electro Mechanical System device fabrication because of its ability to machine 3D micro features on different engineering materials. The following is a list of research projects are being executed in this research center.

  • Design and development of table-top CNC Micromilling machine with piezoactuated workpiece feeding system
  • Design and development of table-top CNC Micro-EDM with piezoactuated workpiece feeding system
  • Design and development of peltier based compressed air coolant system for micro milling
  • Design and development of peltier based high speed spindle cooling system
  • Design and development of electrical continuity based tool-workpiece registration sensor
  • Design and development of different shaped micro tool grinding system for micro-EDM
  • 3D geometrical simulation of Micro EDM process

Centre for Alternative Fuel Research

Research is focused on performance enhancement and reduction of emissions from I.C. Engines consuming alternative fuels.

The experimentation on performance characteristic, P-θ diagram and heat release data are conducted on:

  • Computerized 4 stroke fixed compression ratio diesel / dual fuel engine
  • Computerized 4 stroke variable compression ratio diesel / dual fuel engine
  • Computerized 4 stroke twin spark plug petrol engine

Research Grants

Sl.No. Title of the Project Funding Agency Grant Received(Rs.) Date Sanctioned Duration Status Principal Investigator
1 Creation of Laboratory for environmental monitoring AICTE, MODROBS 11,13,334 1 MArch 2020 2 Years Ongoing Dr. Shashikanth Karinka
2 Effect of friction stir welding process parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine grained titanium elements SERB 18,30,000 21 November 2019 3 years On going Mr. Rajath N Rao
3 Surface Integrity studies during milling of magnesium aluminium alloys used in aerospace applications for improved functional performance Aeronautics R&D Board.(DRDO)

10,00,000 16 May 2019 3 Years Ongoing Dr. Srinivasa Pai P
4 Temperature measurement device for evaluating temperature changes in the gingival sulcus and correlating it to gingival disease. Nitte University –NMAMIT (Joint) 56,000 9 March 2018 0.6 Years Completed Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
5 Redesign and development of multipurpose power tiller for crop production- Special reference to paddy University of Agriculture and Horticultural Research station, Brahmavara 10,00,000 18 January 2018 1 Year Ongoing Dr. D K Shreekantha
Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
6 Design, fabrication and testing of a solar stove using reflectors for domestic purpose NID Ahmadabad- MSME Scheme, GoI 2,01,000 16 January 2018 1 Year Completed Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
7 Design, development and testing of pullback toy car mechanism NID Ahmadabad- MSME Scheme, GoI 2,00,000 27 December 2017 1 Year Completed Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
8 Design And Development of Mini Hydraulic Drive System for Robotic Applications AICTE, New Delhi (RPS) 10,17,647 4 August 2017 3 Years On Going Dr. Muralidhara
9 Tool Based Micromachining Research Management & KCTU, Bangalore 77,28,000 19 July 2017 2 Years Ongoing Dr. Muralidhara
10 Machinebility studies in niti shape memory alloys. Management 5,00,000 28 June 2017 3 Years Ongoing Dr. Srinivasa Pai P – PI,
Mr. Grynel D’Mello– Co-PI
11 Design and development of piezoactuator based inchworm drive with macro displacement range and sub micrometer positioning accuracy. Management 15,00,000 28 June 2017 3 years Ongoing Dr. Muralidhara-PI
12 Development of Patient Lift System for Justice K S Hegde Charitable Hospital, Deralakatte, Mangaluru. Nitte University 16,000 2017 1 Year Ongoing Mr. Melwyn Rajesh Castelino
13 Design, Development And Testing Of A Screw Press Expeller For Honne Oil Extraction NID Ahmadabad- MSME Scheme, GoI 2,00,000 6 March 2017 1 Year Completed Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
14 Design and Development of Voltage Drive for Piezo-Hydraulic Pump with Active Valves TEQIP- Phase-II 80,000 2016 1 Year Completed Dr. Muralidhar
15 Surface Roughness Optimization During High Speed Machining of Biodegradable Magnesium TEQIP- Phase-II 1,05,330 2016 1 Year Completed Dr. Srinivasa Pai P.
16 Design and Fabrication of a Multiple Biodiesel Seed Decorticator NID Ahmadabad 1,02,500 26 March 2015 1 Year Completed Dr. Shashikantha Karinka
17 Design Fabrication and Testing of Micro pump Manufactured using Tool Based Micromachining Process for Drug Delivery System VGST 30,000 28 February 2017 6 month Completed Dr. Muralidhar
18 Surface Roughness Evaluation of Turned Surface using computer vision system IE (India) 15,000 31 March 2014 1 Year Completed Dr.Srinivas Pai P
19 Modeling and optimization of surface Roughness in Ti- based alloys using vibration monitoring AICTE, New Delhi 17,40,000 31 March 2013 3 Year Completed Dr.Srinivas Pai P
20 Embedded control system design for position & tracking control of a prototype actuator SERB, DST, New Delhi 16,14,000 20 September 2014 3 Years Completed Dr.Muralidhar
21 Investigation on machining depth control in microelectro- discharge machining Process using 3 D Process simulation VTU, Karnataka 12,40,000 10 December 2010 2 Years Completed Dr. Muralidhar
22 Defect Characterization in Antifriction bearing using vibration signal analysis for condition monitoring VTU Belgaum 6,50,000 3 October 2008 4 Years Completed Dr. Srinivas Pai P
Dr. N.S.Sriram


The Department offers consultancy/machining services with regard to Alternative fuels and IC engine research lab, surface roughness measurement, CNC machines and Bio safety lab. The customer shall contact either the Head of Mechanical Engineering Department or the respective staff-in-charge(s) for the usage of above facility.

  • CNC- Mr. Grynal D’Mello, Assistant Professor
  • Surface Roughness- Dr. Srinivasa Pai, Professor/ Mr. Grynal D’Mello, Assistant Professor
  • Alternative Fuels/ I. C. Engines - Dr. Narasimha Bailkere, Professor
  • Bio Safety Lab - Dr. Nithin Kumar/ Mr. Aneesh Jose, Assistant Professor
  • Duration - 4 years
  • Semester - 08
  • Intake - 120 Students

M.Tech in Energy Systems Engineering started during the year 2003, focuses mainly on alternative energy sources. Different aspects of combustion engineering, modeling of energy systems, advanced mathematics are also included in the curriculum. Apart from Mechanical Engineering graduates, graduates in Electrical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Industrial & Production Engineering and Chemical Engineering are also eligible for this PG programme. Hence elective subjects pertaining to these branches are also offered.

M.Tech in Machine Design programme started in the year 2012 with an intake of 18 students. There are six core courses and four electives in the first two semesters. Along with these courses, a new innovative credit based course namely “Research Experience through Practice I and II” has been included from this academic year. There are two Professors and four Assistant Professors handling different courses during first and second semester. There are two Research Centers in the Department namely “Condition Monitoring & Advanced Machining Research Lab” and “Micromachining Research Lab”, where students take up their project work during the third and fourth semester. Students also take up innovative projects in the nearby industries and also in well known research labs and institutions like NAL, HAL and IISc.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is an established Research Centre under VTU Belagavi since the year 2007 offering Ph.D programmes both Part-Time and Full-Time. So far, six candidates have completed Ph.D and 32 have registered for doctoral studies. At present there are three full-time Research scholars. The applicants for Full-time and Part-time Ph.D follow the VTU guidelines for admission. The department has nine faculty members recognized as VTU approved Research Supervisors with diverse research background and exposure, who are dedicated in fulfilling the varied research aspirations of the prospective researchers. From the year 2022-23 Ph.D degree is awarded by Nitte University. The following faculty members are the research supervisors/guides:

Sl. No. Research Guides Research Area
1 Dr. Shrinivasa Rao B. R I.C. Engines & Combustion, Automotive Engineering, Pollution, Heat Transfer, Theory of Machines Alternative Fuels
2 Dr. Sudesh Bekal Solar Energy, Wind Energy, I C Engine, Bio Fuels, Optimization
3 Dr. Subrahmanya Bhat Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Quality Management in Engineering Education
4 Dr. Shashikantha Karinka Internal Combustion Engines,Alternative Fuels, Emissions & Pollution control, Automobile engineering, Lean and green manufacturing, Energy conservation and management, Global warming and climate change
5 Dr. Srinivasa Pai P Tool Condition Monitoring, Acoustic Emission, Vibration Monitoring, Artificial Neural Networks, Maintenance Engineering & Management, Wavelet and its applications to Machining related areas, High speed machining related areas including wear studies,Surface roughness analysis
6 Dr. Muralidhara Tool based micromachining, Micro electro discharge machining, Design of Micro actuators, Active vibration Isolation, Robotics
7 Dr. Narasimha Marakala Fluid and Thermal Induced Vibration, Composite materials
8 Dr. Mallikappa Alternative fuels, Advanced Manufacturing Science, Measurement Science

9 Dr. Narasimha Bailkere Combustion Engineering, Alternative Energy, Sources for IC Engines, Thermodynamics, Turbo machines

10 Dr. Gururaj Upadyaya Quality Initiatives , Quality Awards and Performance, Total Quality Management
11 Dr. Kumar H. S Bearing Condition Monitoring, Wavelet transform, Feature extraction, Fault diagnosis

Apart from the regular faculty members for research work supervision, the Department also draws its support from the two distinguished adjunct Professors, who were with prominent Indian multinational corporate companies.

The Research Centre has five centres of Excellence consisting of six different research areas such as micromachining, advanced machining, condition monitoring, engine alternative fuels, vibration isolation, system modelling & design with adequate equipment and software back-up for research work.

The Research centre is also getting the support through sponsored research projects as follows:

  • Ongoing Project: Karnataka Council for Technological up gradation and NMAM Institute of technology, Nitte. Rs. 77.28 Lakhs (50% own fund) worth project sanctioned on center for Tool based Micromachining Research. Another 10.17 lakhs funding has been received through AICTE.
  • Completed Projects: Total Rs. 91.57 Lakhs of various funded projects were completed during 2010-2017. The funding agencies are VTU Belagavi, AICTE New Delhi and VGST Karnataka.

The list of research scholars under NMAMIT : Click Here


Departmental Achievements

Post Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Ajit Hebbale, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, successfully completed One-year Post Doctoral Fellowship at International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, (DST Lab, Govt. of India), on a research topic entitled " A Comparative Study on Characteristics of Composite Clads Developed through Diode Laser and Microwave Energy” on 31 July 2020.

R&D Award (II prize) in the academic R&D Pavilion of IMTEX Forming and Tooltech 2020

A joint project of NMAMIT-Fronius Centre for Welding Technology and NMAMIT Robotics Centre "Two-Axis TIG Welding of Aluminium Alloys with Synchronized Pulsating Wire Feeder" received the coveted R&D Award (II prize) in the academic R&D Pavilion of IMTEX Forming and Tooltech 2020 at Bengaluru during 23-28 January 2020. The project was developed as a part of industrial requirement by the faculty members with a team of students (UG/PG and Ph.D) guided by Prof. Muralidhar and Dr. Vijeesh Vijayan. More than 60 institutions including some IITs participated in this event with more than 200 R&D projects.

Manufacturing Quiz Contest

Mechanical Engineering Students won Manufacturing Technology Quiz Contest at IMTMA IMTEX-FORMING and Tooltech-2020 Exhibition held at BIEC, Bengaluru during 23-28 January 2020.

FPSI Award

Mechanical Engineering students won the Prestigious Fluid Power Society of India (FPSI) Award for the second time in a row in June 2019. The awarded project "Automatic Waste Seggregator" was guided by Dr. Rashmi P. Shetty, Assistant Professor


Sl. No. Year Name of the Faculty Name of the Award
1 2012 Dr. Srinivasa Pai P
Adarsh A Rai
Certificate of Achievement for having guided the Best M.Tech Thesis (II Prize)
2 Dr. Narasimha Bailkeri Best paper award in the International Conference RACE-2012 held at MIT Manipal
3 2013 Dr. Muralidhara Best paper award in international conference held at Shri Eshwar College of Engineering
4 Dr. Narasimha Marakala Best paper award in ICETE-2013 held at J. J. Mugdam College of Engg., Kolhapur
5 2014 Dr. Muralidhara Second consolation prize for the presentation of his research work in the exhibition of Academia project at IMTEX Exhibition – 2014
6 Dr. Muralidhara Certificate of Achievement for having guided the ISTE-GSFC National Award for Best M. Tech Thesis
7 Dr. Muralidhara Expro -2014: Project of the Year Award for “Design & Development of an Unmanned, Remotely Controlled Multi utility Micro Air Vehicle”
8 2015 Dr. Muralidhara First Place for their research work on “Investigation on mechanical micromachining process with piezo actuated machining depth control and its application in MEMS device fabrication” at the IMTEX Exhibition – 2015
9 Dr.Muralidhara Theoretical Investigation on Piezowafer Actuated Micropump. ICETE-2015
10 2016