PRDC® has always been associated with academia in one way or the other since inception. As the very name of the company suggests, PRDC® is into Research & Development and hence close to Academia. Professional consulting and software solutions development are also the core business area. Several BTech, MTech students and PhD Scholars from reputed institutions have done their dissertation / research work at PRDC® .
Recently, PRDC® has been recognized as a Research Center by Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU – central university to which all the 250 odd engineering institutes of the state is affiliated), Belgaum, Karnataka, India. This gives an excellent opportunity for the scientists, research scholars, professional engineers, in-house engineers and other interested intellectuals to pursue full time / part time MSc. (Engg) by research and Ph.D programmes, to enhance their knowledge. This further leads to the contribution of sophisticated and innovative solutions for the ever-changing power industry.
PRDC® provides an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to pursue their project work on the ongoing practical issues of the industry thereby provides practical exposure and a platform for industry-institute interaction.
PRDC® instituted a Merit Award + Cash Reward contest for power system engineers, consultants, faculty, research scholars, postgraduate and undergraduate students to promote the research activities in power sector, to meet new / upcoming challenges.
PRDC® conducts workshops and seminars and sponsors some conferences frequently, to exchange information on newly evolving technologies with the power system practitioners and academicians. Titles of such events in the recent past are as follows:
- “Power Trading and Power Exchange” at Bangalore, Karanataka
- “Power System Simulation and Analysis” at Kollam, Kerela
- “Operation and Maintenance of EHV Substations” at Bangalore, Karanataka
Perhaps PRDC® is the only firm in the world or at least may be one among a very few companies that offers seasoned and world renowned professional power system analysis software package MiPower® to the academic institutions at a fraction of the commercial price but with the features and capabilities cent percent technically equivalent to the one supplied to professional bodies.
Dr. R. Nagaraja, Managing Director, PRDC® is so much attached to the academia, he is popularly called – professor among the academicians and research scholars. Dr. R. Nagaraja is member of several Board of Studies, Advisory Boards, Syllabus making committees, external examiner for conducting viva voce to PhD aspirants, etc.