This summer, St. Cloud State University’s College of Science & Engineering has sent two SCSU students, Ali Almanasif and Peter Ojambo, to India. The students are completing an internship at JK Lakshmi Cement Company. The internships were arranged through the JKLU-SCSU Internship Exchange program, a partnership between SCSU and a university in India. The partnership creates internship abroad opportunities for students from both institutions. We are tracking the students’ progress here on the COSE International Programs blog. Check back periodically to hear more about their experiences abroad.
Ali’s Experience in India, Journal Entry 3:
This week, Peter and I started to learn about the Vertical Raw Mill. The Vertical Raw Mill is a huge power grinding mill that is used to reduce the size of limestone to smaller particles. Its grinding process uses centrifugal force and exposes the material to hot air both while it is lying down on the center of the grinding table and when it is pushed underneath the grinding rollers. Due to air pressure, hot gases, and the force of friction between the four grinding rollers and the grinding table, the fineness of the material is increased. The fine material is also separated from rejected material in the louver ring. After the fine material leaves the mill though an air slide, it goes to the most important section of the cement manufacturing process: the kiln.
My daily routine here in JKPurem includes going to the gym after I get off work. I hit the gym more than anyone here, and so young people have come to the conclusion that I am Peter’s bodyguard. They all call me the Hulk. I kind of find it funny, but I also like it. The gym is not as equipped as the ones we have in USA. However, they have all the essentials such as dumbbells, barbells, and benches. Another difference is that it is not air conditioned. They do have some ceiling fans due the size of it. Besides all of that, the gym members are so nice and friendly. They greet us and show a lot of respect every time we go down there and treat us like best friends. In general, people are kind and friendly in the colony. They have gotten used to our company just as we have gotten used to theirs.