EThames has always believed in practical learning and to accomplish that, the third year students of B.com Foreign Trade and BBA were taken to an outstation industrial visit to Vizag where they could experience their imagination turn into reality.
On the first day, the students started off by visiting the Vizag Special Economic Zone (VSEZ) which included three industries of different sectors; HBL Power Systems, Lee Pharma, Hobel Bellows
At HBL Power Systems, the students were taken around the unit for a process tour by the Deputy Manager Mr. Srinivas. He has explained the different stages of manufacturing wide range of specialized batteries, where they are used, to which countries they are exported, and from where they procure raw material. Later, Senior Manager Mr. Umapati briefed out on the benefits that the company is enjoying by setting up the unit at SEZ.
Lee Pharma manufactures intermediate pharmaceutical goods and exports to different countries. The students were taken around by the company officials and explained how the raw material is processed at different stages to make the final product. They were then taken to the quality control lab where the students learnt how the quality is checked and controlled in pharmaceutical labs.
The third unit visited by students in VSEZ was Hobel Bellows. The company manufactures metallic bellows used in engine’s exhaust pumps. The students keenly learnt how a metallic sheet is converted into a bellow and how it is polished. The guide at Hobel Bellows took the students through each and every process of the bellow manufacturing. He also explained where the raw material is imported from and to which countries the variable sizes of metallic bellows and their other industrial tools are exported.
The second day of the industrial visit to Vizag was dedicated to the Vizag port in which students witnessed the liners taking berth and the loading/unloading of containers. Later, they also paid a visit to the customs house where they understood the documentation procedure and got an opportunity to venture into the Bay of Bengal in a customs boat where they saw interesting things like how the LPG is unloaded directly from the vessel through underwater tunnels, the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), what is a tug ship and how it is used and various other vessels in the sea.
The third day began with a road trip to Aruku Valley where everyone was amazed at the beauty of the hilltop. The students had a great time visiting Tribal Museum and understanding tribal life. Later, they visited the coffee house where various stages of coffee production and preparation were learnt. The students also discovered and enjoyed various kinds of coffee at the coffee museum. On the way back, the students could do some trekking through coffee plantations before venturing into the beautiful Borra Caves. The trip concluded with trekking to reach Katiki waterfalls. The students enjoyed the whole trip with great learning and fun.