Lavika Loonawat interned at Central Testing Lab, Jodhpur this summer, and shares how this internship made all those text-books theories alive. Lavika is a student of Electrical Engineering at MBM Engineering college. Here’s her interesting story.
Name engineering always implies application, practical approach. But when one asks students undergoing ‘engineering’, round the year we have our textbooks and us. Everything is being imagined in mind put in black and white. But then comes our internship/training time, when motor actually rotates and meter pointer actually oscillates(and not in mind). With these thoughts I went to Central Testing Lab, Jodhpur to undergo my summer training.
My first day was an average with just to give attendance and go. I was a bit disappointed as I had thought first day we would be given introduction, instructions about what we were going to do in next few months. Relaxed, I reached next day at 11:00 AM, but to my shock, the place was completely changed (in environment) with students assembled to witness short circuit test, various transformers were being carried in and out for the test and a lot of hustle and bustle and that was my first training day which taught me to be on time, be alert and if I wanted to learn anything I had to follow instructor ‘always’.
With this, my new journey started, we could see the transformer opened before our eyes, its inner construction and what not. It was like I had a wand in my hand and gave life to every single theory I read in textbooks.
Training consisted of three phases: first CTL-where we learnt everything from testing of various instruments to distribution of power in household networks, industries (and also how people were caught when ‘playing’ with meters). Testing of various instruments was shown to us in such nice manner that now instead of mugging up all the things I could actually explain it with ease.
Second phase was industrial training: From various schemes of government in power sector to solving our small and big doubts to demonstrating how distribution takes place and how account of every bit is being taken care of, it was the best phase. Many improvements in the power distribution system not only left us dumbstruck but also proud. Apart from giving insight into this vast network of power ‘it increased my general knowledge also’.
Third phase was visit to a substation: Seeing big towers, hearing the corona could actually leave you thrilled, the patience with which everything was explained to us despite scorching heat was commendable.
At the end of my 60 days training I was feeling a bit of engineer in me, but I still have miles to go.
But this training surely gave me a view to look at things differently, helped me understand various aspects which could not have possible with just the theory, it cleared my worst doubts, nd above all it revived the love for my subject which had disappeared somewhere owing to the heavy textbooks which could only tell ‘may be, it happened like that’ (one had to imagine everything). Although everyone would say this is an internet age but shaking hands with Bill Gates would be more interesting than seeing him on TV, isn’t it?
Editor’s note- Have you got an internship story to share? A chance to win cool Internshala T and other cash prizes by sharing your internship story here