Simplifying Engineering: An Interview With Lmes
February 13, 2018
LMES Academy (Lets Make Engineering Simple), as their name suggests, helps simplify scientific facts and complex engineering principles through instructive videos. The Guindy Times had the opportunity to have a small conversation with Premanand Sethurajan, founder of LMES Academy, who came to address the gathering at the inauguration of Enantra.
How did you start LEMS? Is there a story of an inspirational teacher behind this?
There is no big inspiration. I didn’t have much of knowledge-based education in school and college, and when I started working in a place where such skills were required, I learnt a whole lot of new things. This made me realise how simple concepts were made complicated and taught to students. That’s what drove me to make videos. To make the program available at the grassroots level, we are conducting programs in schools and colleges to spread awareness about application-based education. Providing motivation through such campaigns has been the essence of our organisation.
In your experience, how interested are kids in getting to know the concepts and the beauty of science?
The kids are very interested. Think of a kid going to a magic show. He’s naturally piqued with curiosity to understand the magic. The same holds true for science. Once you create the “wow factor”, the students are naturally attracted towards science. There’s no problem with the curriculum of our educational system. One simply has to find the best way to get students curious about it.
Today, pursuing engineering has become a cliché. Do you think the world needs any more engineers?
In a developing country like India, there are millions of problems. Who better than an engineer to solve some of these problems? So, engineers are a necessity. What matters is to see how worthy the engineer is. It all depends on whether one is capable of discerning the real problem and coming up with a feasible solution. Creation of such engineers is a necessity.
When do you think is the right time to become an entrepreneur?
I usually say “Engineers are meant to be entrepreneurs”. A person pursuing engineering should take it up with a passion and an
aim. There is a lot of buzz around colleges getting 100 % placement these days. I want to see at least 50% of these students becoming successful entrepreneurs down the line. College, according to me, is the right time to take up entrepreneurship.
How long does it take for your team to prepare a video?
The script alone takes 4 days to write. The shoot takes about 3 days. The making involves a lot of brainstorming on how to make things more interesting and captivating. On the whole, it takes about 7-10 days.
The Guindy Times thanks Mr.Premanand Sedhurajan for his time and wishes his the best in his future endeavours.