Western Regional Instrumentation Centre
Established in 1977, Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC) Mumbai is an autonomous institute. It is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), in association with University of Mumbai as a part of its comprehensive programme of establishing University Science Instrumentation Centres (USICs) all over the country.
Since 1981, WRIC has been functioning as a Registered Society with a Governing Council of which the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai is the ex-officio chairperson. At present, WRIC is the only Regional Instrumentation Centre in India and which has now been recognized as a National Facility Centre for Instrumentation by UGC.
Activities of Western Regional Instrumentation Centre
WRIC, Mumbai is engaged in R&D activities in development of new instruments, new technologies, including educational aids for effective training. It has projects funded by government agencies and industries as well as supported internally with futuristic view and prospective technology transfer.
A strong interaction between WRIC and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research Mumbai SAMEER has been started in collaborative research and development activities in instrumentation from the year 2007.
Training Programme in Western Regional Instrumentation Centre
WRIC routinely conducts training programmes in diverse areas of instrumentation for teachers and technical staff of colleges, university departments and USICs in the country and is one of the major activities of the Training & Education Division (TED). This has resulted into a great interaction between WRIC and various academic institutes and industries that has benefitted all.
The Centre perceives its training programme in instrumentation in the form of enabling technology with hardware being the main component. Basic underlying idea of conducting short term training programme is to increase the productivity of individuals at their workplace by giving specific & direct inputs coupled with the focus on quality to foster a culture of continuous learning and growth.
Some of the salient features of the training programmes are:
- Intensive hands-on sessions
- Comprehensive documentation
- Interactive methodology
- Periodic upgradation of programme contents
Academic activities at Regional / all India level
- Short-term courses for USIC staff
- Need-based short-term training programmes for university, college teachers and laboratory staff.
- Orientation training programmes for college teachers whose institutions are implementing the UGC scheme for vocational subject of instrumentation at B.Sc. degree level.
- Refresher courses in instrumentation for USIC officers for fulfillment of UGC norms of career advancement.