As you enter the campus, you are greeted by cool breeze coming from lush greenery that makes the campus stand out from a distance. Dhaneswar Rath Institute of Engineering and Management Studies (DRIEMS) began with the sole objective of producing professional manpower of high quality to meet the industry requirements for sustainable development of the nation.
An institute that started from a rented house at Madhupatna, Cuttack, just a day before the Super Cyclone in Odisha in 1999, has grown leaps and bounds now housed in a sprawling campus of its own in Tangi, on the outskirts of Cuttack. Starting its operations from the Tangi campus in 2001, the institute has churned out more than 10,000 professionals in the past 14 years, many of whom are established in reputed companies in India and abroad. The institute has attracted students from all over India.
“We offer an ambience that merges physical beauty with technological finesse. Also on the offer are skill development facilities as a step towards fulfilling the goals of Make in India,” says Pramod Chandra Rath, Chairman, DRIEMS.
Pioneers in offering engineering courses since its inception, the institute, keeping in mind the changing times and students’ demand, started a combination of Engineering and Management programmes like the Master of Technology Management (MTM). It is the first and only institute to launch MTM courses in Odisha. The eligibility, however, for this course is BTech.
“Almost 70 to 80 per cent students get a CGPA of 8 both in Management and Engineering. Excellent performance by students, and efforts of the management and teaching faculty have helped me put forth the best for the students,” says Sarat Mishra, Principal, DRIEMS.
With plans of starting a full-fledged medical college, DRIEMS has introduced Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery, General Nursing and Midwifery and BSc (Nursing) courses, which are already in great demand. “With 100 per cent admission in nursing courses, the institute has tied up with leading hospitals and medical colleges of the State for a six month internship for the students,” says Ashutosh Debata, Director, Academic Planning and Research.
Approved by the AICTE and affiliated to Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Rourkela, the institute also offers BTech, MTech and MBA. It has a Science college too which offers a two-year higher secondary certificate course. They also have an Industrial Training Centre. The courses are offered as per the Government norms excluding accommodation facilities.
The college has been set up on 160 acres of land with aesthetic buildings, well furnished classrooms, lecture halls, library, workshop, computer labs and spacious corridors. DRIEMS provides wi-fi and has hostels for boys and girls. The sports complex of the college is open for students and faculty members with well equipped gym, badminton court, tennis and squash court, billiards and swimming pool.
Many national and international players also come to practise at the cricket ground in the college. The library, called Knowledge Garden, is well stocked with more than 40,000 books on several subjects. In addition to this, the college subscribes to over 72 print journals and 650 e-journals. Students can also access 550 e-books. DRIEMS has an air-conditioned auditorium, with a seating capacity of 600, equipped with an ultra-modern sound system.
Life on campus
Apart from classroom education, there is a lot of emphasis on practical learning. The students residing in hostels get extra guidance as faculty members help them in completing projects and clearing doubts. “Classroom education is mostly interactive and the role of every student is significant. There is no ragging and our teachers help us clear doubts in every possible way. The friendly environment and facilities available have never let us feel homesick,” says Manisha, a final-year BTech student.
The placement cell at the college focuses on providing career guidance and training to the students. Appointment of highly qualified and experienced faculty from across India has helped the students to have a better exposure and understanding of the market requirement.
The career counselling cell of the college starts preparing the students for the placement process from the beginning of the second semester itself. Companies like Microsoft, Hyundai, TCS, Infosys and Ola Cabs come to the campus every year for recruitment.
“I have got three job offers through campus selection and I am yet to decide which one to opt for”, says Manisha. Last year, Ola Cabs, Bangalore, recruited students from the institute for an annual package of Rs 6 lakh. The institute has tied up with SCB Medical, Cuttack; City Hospital, Tangi CHC and Panda Curie for internship programmes of nursing students.