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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 

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In 2008, Cypress Semiconductor conducted the PSoC Innovator Design Challenge India, a multi-discipline design contest. A total of 57 colleges participated out of which 19 teams were selected. Each of the 19 finalist teams presented their projects to the judging panel, which included representatives from Cypress.

All winning teams were interviewed for potential employment at Cypress India and two of the winners were hired: Sriram V.S. of DOEACC and Umanath Kamath from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology.

Sriram V.S. currently works on innovative projects like creating a wireless remote control toy-car which operates [with an] accelerometer. Umanath Kamath works as an applications engineer as part of the global technical support team and interacts with some of the biggest OEMs and electronics companies in the world.

We have a Cypress University Alliance Programme (CUA). It is part of our initiative towards strengthening the industry-academia interface towards mutual benefit and is in vogue since many years.

Cypress University Alliance Programme includes no-charge access to our full suite of software tools as well as low-cost hardware development boards for research, graduate and undergraduate teaching. Educators have the responsibility of preparing the future workforce and conducting research to advance technology. The [programme] provides free training, high-quality technical support and curriculum development assistance.

Academic institutions utilising the tools and resources provided by the Cypress University Alliance Programme in the classroom and in graduate-level research programmes allow their engineering students to receive hands-on experience with Cypress's industry-leading technology. This enables them to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to be quickly productive in the fast-paced world of electrical engineering and computer science as well as other engineering disciplines.

Cypress has partnered with several colleges in India and setup PSoC labs under [this programme, including] BITS Pilani, Delhi; BITS Pilani, Goa; Anna University; Sona College, Salem R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore; Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad; Bhubaneshwar Institute of Technology, Bhubaneshwar; Nuva College of Engineering, Nagpur; National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut; and DOEACC, Calicut.

Shivananda Koteshwar

Koteshwar: 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.

Shivananda Koteshwar
Senior Manager
Synopsys (India) EDA Software Pvt. Ltd

This has to be a three-way effort. Government regulating bodies, colleges and industry have to work in tandem to address this.

 • i>Regulating bodies: Governing bodies should maintain a yearly scorecard on the universities to assess their performance on an overall and per course basis. This will help identify areas of strengths and improvements and also be able to identify areas where greater focus is required. This will also help track/map each university/college versus grants allocated. Governing bodies should create a common platform for top performers from every university and industry representatives to interact on topics like jobs, live projects and research work.
 • Colleges: Colleges have to constantly review their curriculum and make sure it's in line with what's happening in the industry. They need to make sure, irrelevant courses are removed and more practical knowledge is imparted in students. Colleges should create more channels with industry and connect students with industry experts with a focus on creating opportunities to work on real life problems.
 • Industry: Should have more funded efforts to connect with educational institutes and support more applied research projects in colleges. Industry should encourage senior members in the organisation to connect more effectively with colleges and students.

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