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Industry proposes solutions to bridge employability gap

Posted: 16 Aug 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:employability  engineering education  colleges  university programmes  training 

In a growing economy, colleges need to engage more effectively with students to channelise their energy in the right direction and make them focus on learning rather than focus on finding a job. Tracking placement record of a college is a short term solution; the bigger question is how many students are considering research as the next step. Without this focus and push by the industry, the government and the college, the next big innovation will not happen in India. Promoting and supporting the creative mind is very important. Synopsys is open to collaborate with individuals and with similar initiatives.

[Koteshwar also manages a grass-roots effort called Chowki (EE Times-India first announced it in its forums: NGO education effort with industry, academia and students. He talks about it below.]

Our members are actively participating in guest lectures and seminars across different colleges in Bengaluru. In parallel we are supporting various seminars and conferences organised by universities and colleges, like the recently concluded FPGA for signal processing and embedded applications in M.S. Ramaiah School Of Advanced Studies.

Shortly we will be offering basic electronics, Analogue Electronic Circuits and Digital Logic classes to various colleges across Karnataka.

Chowki has started an initiative where it has signed a MoU with a reputed educational institute to expand the access of reference materials to the students by collecting technical and management books from members and their community. All donors will have access to the library.

On the management studies, we are collating case studies. This approach will help the students immensely to connect theory to real life situations.

Kishore Rao

Kishore Rao, Managing Director, MathWorks India Pvt. Ltd

[Mathworks, which is actively involved with the Indo-U.S. Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) talks about their efforts with that organisation.]

Education [needs to] evolve to what industry wants. The motivation for the IUCEE runs from evolving education to match industry needs. We have a train the trainer programme; for instance with Infosys last year.

[Our] talks with the IUCEE started in 2008 but Mathworks office in India only opened in Nov 2008 so it [the work] really started in 2009. It was driven by certain key professors in the United States and India [Krishna Vedula is one of them]. The partnership was initiated by the academia and they brought in the industry partners. It's one of the good ideas that can be accelerated in the coming years. This year the IUCEE will have the programme in four centres.

Mathworks also does a lot of seminars and workshops directly. We will have 12 of them... one every month. This will be only for faculty showcasing the tool for the academia and showing how it can be inculcated in the curriculum. We introduce them at the first year [level] and show how it can help them.

Another initiative is a book programme, which is our corporate worldwide programme. There are 1,200 books written by academia for use by teachers and students. We provide them with free software on which they can write a book with its applications. The books are made publicly available. All our [seminar] speakers are our book authors.

We would like to work with universities more [closely] on the curriculum. I think that would be our focus. The reason we get good turnout for the educational seminars is because the professors are glad to attend. And our product is such that it has become an integral part of every engineering discipline, including bio-technology.

[What the industry needs] is dedicated people who work on only the education sector. The education sector too contributes to the revenue. With technology education evangelists, we could be [working with the sector] at a micro level.


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