Flying high

Mayur Uday Deshpande conducts workshops for students in drone making. NT KURIOCITY learns more about him and drones


An electronics and communication engineer from the KLE College of Engineering and Technology, Belagavi, Mayur Uday Deshpande is an entrepreneur, who also has three years’ experience in drones and robotics. He is the co-founder of Mouserise, a start-up developing new-age smartphone charging accessories, which takes up most of his time. But on weekends and during his free time, he shares his expertise in robotics and drones by conducting workshops for students.

“This started in 2017. I had good knowledge of robotics and Arduino programming and side-by-side engineering was going on. Along with my friends in engineering college, I used to organise workshops in robotics and drones. I started again in 2022 after a gap of two years, taking classes on weekends and during the summer,” says Deshpande.

When he was a student, drones were not commonly used. They had just been introduced in the market and had a reputation as a luxury asset. “In foreign countries, there are RC (remote control) groups that make remote control aircraft models. A company called DJI had just started building professional-level videographer drones. Since then, the drone market took off. In 2017, I thought of pursuing this hobby; now, it has turned commercial.”

He takes two classes on weekends, owing to paucity of time. “The class starts at 10 a.m and the first session ends at 1 p.m. We have a lunch break and the second session is held from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.” He admits that two days are not enough to understand drones but tries to conduct classes depending on the knowledge level of the students. “We don’t expect them to have basic knowledge or technical background. I take classes for students from Class 7 to IIT,  ITI, and diploma. For students who don’t have a technical background, I teach a little bit about electronics and how drones work in terms of their current level of understanding,” he says.