New Era of Engineering Education - Dr. Avinash Sharma, MMEC Principal

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New Era of Engineering Education - Dr. Avinash Sharma, MMEC Principal

dr_avinash-sharmaEver changing dynamics of Industry has changed the way, the engineering institutions used to teach their students in last few decades. In seventies and eighties, engineering education was mainly confined to Govt. aided colleges and universities. Gradually with the growth of technology and automation, many private engineering institutions came up owing to the increasing demand of the engineers.

In India, most of the private engineering institutions came up, after nineties, to meet the increasing demand of highly skilled engineers which the industry absorbed very fast initially. But this bubble of over growth busted within a decade due to economic recession and mushrooming of private engineering institutions. Presently, we are producing engineers not as per need of the industry viz. more in quantity but lower in quality. Private Engineering institutes are constantly facing the challenge of weak industry-academia interface and in order to overcome such stagnated phase, drastic steps need to be taken to fulfill the requirement of industry. With ever-growing stress of competitiveness and global standards of delivery, the engineering education also needs to be shifted from conventional chalk-talk teaching methodology to the high end project based learning.

 

Colleges/Universities which are poor in infrastructure, faculty resources and other amenities like incubation centers and center of excellences are going to face a lot of competitive stress in years to come. Trend of hiring graduates from Colleges/Universities is also changing. Organizations are not only looking for sound technical knowledge but also for right mix of people skills or soft skills such as good communication, critical thinking, team management, leadership etc. 

 

Accordingly, Engineering institutions are also upgrading their education system, to stand up to the levels of industry expectations, right from first semester itself. Soft skills and aptitude training are merged with engineering education in most of the best institutions. Consistent efforts of training teams, faculty members and mentors are producing good results and good percentage of students is getting placed in industries of high repute, at decent salary packages, within first week of opening of placement season every year.

 

Good private engineering institutions are providing best of the infra, labs, equipment, simulators, center of excellences, R&D facilities and ultra-modern teaching methodology to their engineering students now-a-days. As a result, normal trend in most of the reputed engineering institutions is to place approx. seventy to eighty percent of their students in reputed industrial houses and organizations while approx. ten to twelve percent students go for higher studies and two to three percent opt for entrepreneurship.

 

The focus of Govt. on Entrepreneurship, Make – in – India, Start-up ventures etc is also seen as a high motivating factor among engineering students now a days. Engineering institutions are also focusing on their own incubation centers to give chances to their students to establish their own start-up companies, helping them with start-up capital and sending their teams to different national/international level competitions, seminar and conferences.

 

A lot of good Institutions in India are also striving for various accreditations and rankings to ensure quality education and as per global standards in competition with Universities of US & Europe.  As a result, many international students find these Indian colleges as their preferred destinations to pursue their engineering dream.

 

 In next decade, many private engineering institutions will take their standard of education to a different level altogether. Their innovative concepts such as entrepreneurship, start-up success stories, practical learning methodology, research, patents, launching of satellites (by University students), winning international competitions, self-learning, high end labs and equipment, world class infra and global tie-ups will boost up moral of upcoming budding engineers and within a decade or two, our new generation of engineers will fly with bright colors of success in their future endeavors.

 

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