M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives is a 2-year postgraduate course, divided across 4 semesters, which can be pursued both part-time and full-time in the country, much like any other M.Tech. course. The course involves an advanced study of the technology behind switching power supplies, power converters, power inverters, motor drives, and motor soft starters.
The minimum criterion of eligibility for admission to the course is a B.Tech./B.E. degree attained in a relevant discipline, from a recognized university. The course is offered in the country at an average annual fee ranging between INR 2 and 7 Lacs, varying across institutes. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test and subsequent round of counselling.
Successful postgraduates of the course are lucratively recruited in popular organizations such as L&T, Philips Electronics, Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, Honeywell, DRDO, Reliance Infrastructure, HBL Power System, Greenwich Hexen Energy Solution, Synco Lite India, Tata Elxsi, AMU Energy Solution, etc.
Such postgraduates in India are offered an average initial monthly salary ranging between INR 20K and 1 Lakh, depending upon the candidate’s expertise and skillset.
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M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Course Highlights
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Eligibility||B.Tech./B. E. degree in a relevant discipline.|
|Admission Process||Based on the round of counseling after qualification of entrance test|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Total Course Fee||INR 2 to 7 Lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3 to 10 Lacs|
|Top Recruiting Fields/Areas||Power Industries, Indian Railways, Defense, Telecommunication Sectors, Automobile Companies, Aviation Industry, Home Appliance and VLSI Design Industry, etc.|
M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: What is it about?
Power Electronics and Drives is an emerging discipline of engineering, which essentially involves concepts and processes of the conversion of power for efficient utilization. Students enrolled to the course are taught on an advanced level about the technology used in energy conversion, switching electrical machines, drives, industrial equipment, power systems, and applications of fast-developing electronics such as electrical machines and power systems.
The course’s curriculum has been designed to impart to eligible students both practical and theoretical knowledge in the various techniques at work in easy-to-use tools for electrical, electromagnetic, electromechanical, thermal, circuit, control, and system design. The program also involves advanced lessons in design, modelling, simulation, and synthesis of power convertor-based systems used for the conversion of electric energy.
M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Who should opt?
Ideal candidates for the course would possess:
- aptitude for, and interest in the field of electronics
- analytical skills for the development of hardware and software required for power electronics and drives
- ability to plan and undertake a project individually, and with a team
- good communication, interpersonal and professional skills
- basic proficiency in understanding and application of the stream of Power Electronics
- proficiency in Physics and Mathematics.
Top Institutes offering M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives
Tabulated below are the location and fee-related details of some of the top institutes in India offering the course.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE FEES|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Mumbai||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Delhi||INR 59,150 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Guwahati||INR 51,700 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Kanpur||INR 33,184 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Chennai||INR 50,000 (course)|
|Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)||Roorkee||INR 59,200 (course)|
|Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)||Pilani||INR 2,50,000 (course)|
|Indian School of Mines University (ISMU)||Dhanbad||Not Mentioned|
|Indian Institute of Science (IISc)||Bangalore||INR 21,500 (course)|
|NRI Institute of Technology||Guntur||INR 28,000 (course)|
|Adarsh College of Engineering||Orissa||INR 28,000 (course)|
|Aravali Institute of Technical Studies||Rajasthan||INR 70,000 (course)|
|Babu Banarasidas National Institute of Technology and Management – NITM||Lucknow||INR 1,40,000 (course)|
|Bharath University||Tamil Nadu||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|College of Engineering||Pune||INR 85,000 (course)|
|GD Goenka University||Delhi NCR||INR 1,50,000 (course)|
|Government College of Engineering||Maharashtra||INR 80,000 (course)|
|ITM University||Gurgaon||INR 1,00,000 (course)|
|National Institute of Technology - NIT Rourkela||Orissa||INR 91,000 (course)|
Eligibility for M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, aspiring candidates need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:
- Graduation (B. Tech/B.E.) in any of EEE, ECE, E&I, Electronics, and Instrumentation, completed from a recognized university
- A minimum aggregate score of 60% (55% for SC/ST candidates), at the level of graduation.
- Candidates fulfilling such criteria and awaiting their final year exam’s results are welcome to apply too.
- In some cases, a minimum of 24 months of work experience, as some institutes prefer candidates with professional skills before pursuing advanced education in the course.
|M.Tech. in Power Electronics in Karnataka||M.Tech. in Power Electronics in Madhya Pradesh||M.Tech. in Power Electronics in Haryana||M.Tech. in Power Electronics in Orissa|
M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Admission Process
Admission to the course in India is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant State, national, or institute-level written test and/or subsequent rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview and/or performance in a relevant qualifying examination.
Through such stages, candidates’ general aptitude for the course is examined and a merit list is announced based upon it. Students still in the final year of graduation are eligible to appear for the entrance exam, but admission to such candidates is made on provisional basis, and is confirmed only once the graduation results are out.
Candidates are shortlisted based on both academic record and performance in a relevant nation-wide screening test, such as:
- GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Learning)
- BITSAT for Birla Institute of Science & Technology
- GGSIPU Engineering CET Entrance Examination
- IIIT entrance exam for Indian Institute of Information Technology.
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M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Syllabus and Course Description
A semester-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Optimization Techniques||Switched Mode Power Conversions|
|Power Convertors||Power Electronic Drives|
|Industrial Control Electronics||Microcontroller Applications in Power Convertors |
|System Theory||Power Modules Laboratory|
|Power Convertors Laboratory||Elective 3|
|Elective 1||Elective 4|
|Elective 2||Elective 5|
|Project work||Project Work|
|Elective I||Elective II|
|Advanced Power System Analysis||Flexible AC Transmission Systems|
|Analysis and Design of Artificial Neural Networks||Computer Networking|
|Digital Signal Processing and Application||Fuzzy Systems|
|Digital System Design||Digital Controllers in Power Electronics Application|
|Elective III||Elective IV|
|Design of Intelligent Controllers||Transient Over Voltages in Power Systems|
|VLSI Architecture and Design Methodologies||Electrical Distribution Systems|
|Power System operations and Control||Stochastic Models and Applications|
|High Voltage Data Transmission||Renewable Power Generation Sources|
|Power System Planning and Reliability||-|
|Advanced Power System Protection||-|
|Modeling and Analysis of Electrical Machines||-|
|Digital Simulation of Power Electronic Systems||-|
|PWM Convertors and Applications||-|
M.Tech. in Power Electronics and Drives: Career Prospects
Owing to the Power and Electronics industry’s growing needs in power electronics applications, and in the field of research, employment opportunities for such postgraduates are on the up-and-up with a range of global private sector manufacturers.
Successful postgraduates of the course interested in pursuing higher studies in the discipline may go for advanced courses such as Ph.D., M. Phil., or higher research in the subject.
Tabulated below are some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates in private and public sectors, along with the corresponding salaries and basic job duties.
|JOB PROFILE||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY|
|Power Electronics Design Engineer||To support the design, fabrication, and testing of existing and new designs, demonstrate hands-on development and improvement of prototypes and products, and to lead or participate in cross-functional teams to ensure a continuous, consistent improvement of methods, processes, productivity and quality, while reducing costs.||INR 3 to 7 Lacs|
|Researcher||To work with team members to identify project goals, research methods, variables, and other test parameters, and to choose how to collect data and offer recommendations on evaluating a given project.||INR 2.5 to 8 Lacs|
|Engineering Executive||To interact with the management, marketing, and production staff for discussing the specifications and procedures of the ongoing project. The Executive Engineer is the first point of contact for all the other Engineers and Assistant Engineers.||INR 4 to 7.5 Lacs|
|Lecturer||To teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas allocated and reviewed from time to time by the Head of Department, and to supervise or assist with supervision of, undergraduate, taught graduate (Master’s) or research graduate (M.Phil./Ph.D.) students.||INR 2 to 6 Lacs|
|Scientist||Responsible for designing, examining, and analyzing information collected from controlled laboratory-based investigations, experiments, and trials.||INR 2.5 to 10 Lacs|
|Assistant Engineer||To determine engineering requirements by conducting inspections and analytical tests, analyze and synthesize data, maintain control charts, determine root causes, and prepare bid specifications.||INR 2 to 6 Lacs|
|Power Electronics Engineer||To develop and validate power electronics for high power battery charges, create test procedures to verify hardware designs, develop and test power electronic circuits, digital logic, microcomputer, and analog circuits, and to ensure that products satisfy UL, CSA, IEC, IEEE, EU, and EN requirements.||INR 3.5 to 8 Lacs|
|Senior Management Staff||To supervise junior-level staff, including Executive Assistants and Secretaries, coordinate the efforts of these parties in effectively running the executive office, train staffers on internal processes and systems, and to ensure that all necessary functions are appropriately covered and executed.||INR 4 to 10 Lacs|