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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 

EE Times-India recently started a series of features focused on the issue of the so-called employability gap. With the industry and academia often expressing divergent views, the article series provides both with a platform for expression with the aim to help bring about a meeting of minds.

In the third of EE Times-India's series focused on the "employability gap," we look at opinion from the industry on addressing the issue. The first two in this series helped define the problem by talking to executives and professors:
 • Industry speaks out on employability gap
 • Academia speaks out on employability gap

EE Times-Asia: How can the Indian industry and academia collaborate to make engineering education better? Describe current collaboration with universities.

Jaswinder Ahuja

Ahuja: It is important to not only focus on the students, but the faculty as well.

Jaswinder Ahuja
Vice President & Managing Director
Cadence Design Systems (I) Pvt. Ltd

There are several ways in which to bridge the gap, some of which are detailed below.

 • Industry-academia-government partnership to provide students with valuable practical experience while in college by applying their theoretical knowledge to actual customer problems;
 • The ecosystem needs to work together to constantly update the curriculum of educational institutes for it to be in line with the latest industry developments;
 • Encouraging internship programmes. This imparts hands-on technical, business and soft skills to students in a professional environment and also gives access to a potential workforce to the company.

Several companies have already taken these and other steps to give students real-life experience before they graduate, thereby lessening ramp up time when they enter the industry.

Industry-sponsored programmes
When Cadence established its Indian presence two decades ago, we realised early on the need to nurture and develop the country's talent pool through public-private partnerships at various levels. Cadence has been part of the SMDP (Special Manpower Development Programme) initiative with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Government of India.

Cadence also launched a university programme which now has more than 300 institutes enrolled across India, including IITs, NITs and private engineering colleges. This programme aims at giving institutes commercial-grade software so that students get access to best-in-class technology.

In 2006, Cadence launched the Finishing School Programme (FSP) in collaboration with the University of Santa Cruz Extension and Infotech Ent. (formerly TTM Inc.). The FSP is an advanced learning programme in VLSI and electronic design for new graduates and industry professionals.


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