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Role of Laboratory Practice in Engineering Education


I hear and I forget;

I see and I remember;

I do and I understand.

                                                            Chinese proverb

Engineering education is incomplete without laboratory practice. The overall goal of engineering education is to prepare students to practice engineering and in particular to deal with the nature of problems faced by society. The laboratory practice has been an important part of professional and engineering undergraduate education; a laboratory is an ideal place for active learning. Students learn in a real-world environment, function as team members, discuss the planning of experiments, and share ideas about the analysis and interpretation of data. Most engineering instruction took place in the laboratory and it demands the active use of knowledge and skill.

For the student the objective of engineering laboratory is to “practice by doing” and the laboratory courses help them to gain insight and understanding of the real world which they learn in their theory courses and the ideas for innovations. Now there is shift from the text book learning to the learning by observation and doing. Students have to design, analyze, and build their own creation. The emphasis on laboratories has increased many folds over the years. Now attention has been paid to laboratory courses in the curriculum and teaching methods.

There are so many factors that can be learned during the laboratory work like

Designing: they can Design, build, or assemble a part, product, or system using specific methodologies, equipment and materials;

Creativity: students are able to demonstrate appropriate levels of independent thought, creativity, and capability in real-world problem solving;

Team work: they work effectively in teams, including structure individual and joint accountability, assign roles, responsibilities and tasks;

Effective communication:  Communicate effectively about laboratory work both orally and in writing;

Ethics: Behave with highest ethical standards, including reporting information objectively and interacting with integrity in the laboratory;

Data analysis: students are able to Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data;

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) of JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) in a short span of time has become one of the best technical colleges in Rajasthan. Institute offers B.Tech programs in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Electronics & Communication Engineering. The curriculums for the programs are at par the top college for engineering in India. All the departments of Institute are well equipped with state of art laboratories. The curriculum of each department has good number of laboratory work which empowers JK Lakshmipat University to be among best universities in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

About The Author:

Sandeep Kumar TomarDr. Sandeep Kumar Tomar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He did his Masters and Doctorate from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. With over Sixteen years of teaching, research, and administrative experience, he has held various administrative positions in the capacity of Dean, Head Applied Science Department, Chief Proctor and Controller of Examination.

Dr. Tomar is a Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi, Indian Society of Radiation and Photochemical Science (ISRAPS) BARC, Mumbai, Material Research Society of India (MRSI) IISc Bangalore and Active Member of the Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and Technology (SAEST), Karaikudi. Dr. Tomar’s current research areas of interest include Polymer electrolyte for device application, ion-conducting composite electrolyte for solar cells and Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC)