Dr. M. Sharanya, currently serving as the Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, boasts a remarkable academic journey. She earned her B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad, and went on to achieve both her M.Tech in Power Electronics and Electrical Drives and Ph.D. degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Hyderabad.

With an extensive teaching career spanning over two decades, Dr. Sharanya has made significant contributions to various reputed Engineering Colleges in Telangana. Her roles have encompassed faculty positions and Course Coordinator responsibilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE).

Dr. Sharanya excels in handling a diverse array of Electrical subjects, showcasing her proficiency in effective teaching methodologies. Beyond academics, she has honed administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills, making her adept at managing both academic and extra-curricular activities within the educational sphere.

She has actively contributed to the academic community as an Examiner and member of the Board of Studies in well-regarded engineering colleges. Dr. Sharanya’s scholarly pursuits are evident in her portfolio of over 35 research papers published in international journals and conferences.

Recognizing her commitment to research, Dr. Sharanya received the Best Researcher Award in 2018 from the International Journal for Research under Literal Access, presented by IDMAS Learning Center, Malaysia. Additionally, she was honored with the Bharath Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Gold Medal award in 2019 by the Global Economic Progress and Research Association, New Delhi.

Dr. Sharanya holds Life Memberships in esteemed professional organizations, including ISTE (Indian Society for Technical Education), IEI (Institution of Engineers India), and IETE (Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers).

In a conversation with Dr. Sharanya, we delved into the latest program offered by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering department – MATLAB & SIMULINK. This program is designed to empower students in designing tools for power generation, particularly focusing on Micro-grid in the distribution system.

According to Dr. Sharanya, the program stands out due to its emphasis on power generation through PV in the islanding mode of operation, eliminating the dependence on the grid-connected mode. The key factors that make this program advantageous for students include the practical aspects of designing tools for power generation and the flexibility it offers by not relying solely on grid-connected power.

The department’s best practices in this program involve providing comprehensive training and internships, enabling students to engage in projects at the graduate level. Dr. Sharanya emphasized the importance of hands-on experience to enhance the learning process.

To ensure students are prepared for the future, the department incorporates guest lectures, workshops, and value-added courses, fostering creativity and enhancing designing skills related to their core fields. Dr. Sharanya emphasized the department’s commitment to developing successful careers that enhance students’ positions in society.

In terms of faculty training, Dr. Sharanya highlighted the encouragement for faculty to attend workshops focusing on effective teaching strategies, course design, and innovative technologies. Continuous improvement is emphasized based on the feedback received from students and the evolving needs of the industry.

Building industry connections is a priority for the department, achieved through guest lectures and workshops featuring industry professionals. This approach provides students with real-world perspectives and practical insights into the industry.

Challenges in incorporating the program into the curriculum include resource allocation, especially in terms of technology and facilities. Adequate funding and staffing are deemed essential for the successful implementation of any program.

Regarding projects, students enrolled in the MATLAB & SIMULINK program undertake projects in diverse areas such as engineering and technology, design and development, and research applications.

The benefits and career options after pursuing this course are substantial. Graduates gain in-depth knowledge and skills in a specific field, positioning them as experts in their chosen area of study. The program lays a strong foundation for future career growth and advancement in specialized fields within the electrical and electronics domain.

In essence, Dr. M. Sharanya and the Electrical and Electronics Engineering department strive to offer a comprehensive and forward-looking program that not only equips students with theoretical knowledge but also provides them with practical skills and industry insights, setting the stage for successful and fulfilling careers.