Now we are in the role of a parent loving and caring our “first child” – the BIG CHANGE in engineering…..
Does such a parent think of anything else, talk to anyone else, …. when with the “first child”?
Let’s move forward with the easy and spontaneous focus of such a parent…
Let’s review the current state of Engineering Education in our country. Few observations are cited below:
(i) There are different categories of Engineering Colleges – IITs, IISc, NITs, State-owned Colleges, and Private Colleges apart from numerous Polytechnic Colleges and Industrial Training Institutes.
(ii) Every year lakhs of students enter these Institutions at different levels in academics.
(iii) When they pass out – Some (a) go for higher studies in engineering – in our country / abroad (b) go for higher studies in non-engineering – in our country / abroad (c) take up engineering jobs (d) take up non-engineering jobs (d) keep waiting for a job…apart from a few drop-outs for various reasons. (Any data on the percentage deployed in engineering jobs in our country – cheerfully well-placed to “pour their hearts out”!)
(iv) The current modes of engagement between the industry and the Institutions are – (a) Industry visiting these Institutions for hiring candidates (b) Industry looking towards these Institutions for training, primarily at fresher level (c) Retired faculty serving in industry as Senior Experts and Mentors.
How do the above appear against our wish to have our country at the top of the league?
Let’s ask ourselves:
(i) What is the infrastructure, including the quality of the faculty, of the Engineering Institutions?
(ii) What percentage of our engineering students are lost to other jobs / other countries?
(iii) Do the current modes of engagement between the industry and the Institutions are adequate to ensure that they are able to leverage each other?
(iv) What is the quality of the students who pass out and the quality of jobs that “the few fortunate of them” land at?
Please do share the questions that may be disturbing your brains and hearts…The questions will be the pointers for our actions…
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