Visit from India’s consul general proves insightful and encouraging for engineering students

Group photo of professors, council members of MEng Graduate Student Society, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, and India's Consul General

Apoorva Srivastava, India’s consul general in Toronto, toured the Faculty of Engineering’s research lab facilities and connected with officials of the Master of Engineering (MEng) Graduate Student Society on Tuesday, April 12. 

Photo of Mr. Andrew Jenner, Dr. Bill Van Heyst and Ms. Apoorva Srivastava touring Centre for Applied Technology and DevelopmentDean of the Faculty of Engineering, Bill Van Heyst; civil and environmental engineering professor Nihar Biswas; Laura Ducharme, international student advisor in the Faculty of Engineering; manager of technical support Andrew Jenner; and Vincent Georgie, acting associate vice-president external, led a tour through some of the faculty’s key research labs, including Structures, Deformable Bodies, Circuits, Central Computer, and the Centre for Applied Technology and Development.

Following the tour, a luncheon discussion with elected council members of the MEng Graduate Student Society provided an encouraging perspective of student life and studies in the Faculty of Engineering.

Representatives of the MEng Graduate Student Society council: president Anisha Bandaram, VP finance Khushi Arora, ECE rep Ayushi Singh, VP student experience Daler Singh Ranjeeth Singh, VP academic Mohammad Abdul Hasib, and mech auto rep Shahab Mohammad highlighted diversity, inclusion, cultural learning, balanced academic-personal life, and an overall peaceful and friendly atmosphere as main reasons they enjoy Windsor campus life, local activities, and surrounding communities. The Master of Engineering program has approximately 2,000 students currently enrolled.

Srivastava says: “I was really impressed by the hands-on training that the department is giving. The students are very happy being at the university with the education and extracurricular activities. It is clear they are taken care of and so thankful to the university.” 

She notes other key takeaways from her visit included the faculty’s focus on sustainability and the university’s openness to global community. “I really hope that this is the beginning of a connection and definitely would like more.” 

Ms. Srivastava presents a Meenakari Marble Plate to Dr. Van Heyst

Closeup view of Meenakari Marble Plate

Indian consul general in Toronto Apoorva Srivastava presents a Meenakari marble plate to dean of engineering, Bill Van Heyst. Meenakari is the art of ornamenting the surface of marble and metals by fusing over with brilliant colors that are decorated in an intricate design.

- Gam Macasaet