IEEE Industry Applications Society Student Branch Chapter organized an industrial visit to the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT), Kochi on 10th July 2019.
The journey was supervised by Mr. Prakas N and Ms. Lekshmi Arun, faculty of the College of Engineering Chengannur. FACT is a Government of India initiative that deals with the manufacturing and marketing of fertilizers, caprolactam, engineering consultancy and fabrication of equipment. This visit was meant to get the delegates exposed to the industry and its operations, and also to instill a sense of professionalism in them. The 39 delegates along with their two mentors started off from Chengannur at 6:00 AM. Around 11:00 AM, they reached the company headquarters at Kochi, where they had to encounter with certain safety checks and were warned of the hazardous chemicals used in the industry. They were given precautional advice and safety equipment before they entered into the industry. As they stepped in, they came across three major plants that dealt with the production of sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, and ammonia. They got to observe and study various machines that were used in these plants. By this, the crux of the visit was completed and they departed from Kochi. They reached Chengannur around 9:30 PM and dispersed to their respective destinations.
This practical exposure to the industrial environment was highly beneficial for the aspiring engineering students and it was worth their while. The success of the event in its realm of parting industrial education and exposure was marked.