Are we living in a “Connected World”? Yes, to some extent! One should not wonder after hearing such conversations. The technological advancements in recent times has made it possible that in today’s world wherever we go, whatever we do…we are connected! How has it become possible? With the advancement in the design and development of Information Technology (IT) content, Internet Protocol, Computing Hardware, Communication Devices (wired / wireless) etc. it has become possible to remain connected to our near and dear ones either being at home, in an office, in a supermarket, while traveling etc. Of course there is much to be done! The technology has become an integral part of our day-to-day life without which we would feel isolated. Recent progress in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, whereby one can control certain devices even from remote locations could make our lives even more comfortable and improve the quality of life. But, there are numerous challenges associated with the companies operating in these sectors in terms of recruiting quality manpower (researchers, scientists, application developers, skilled technicians etc.).
Even though some declining trend has been noticed in the Information Technology sector (IT party is over. Now’s the time to reinvent or die, by Ravi Venkatesan, 31st May, Sunday Times, Times of India) a bright future looks still ahead for those who are mobile and web application developers, data scientists and engineers and not to be forgotten the cyber security experts. Furthermore, in the context of India, the Government of India’s (GOI) flagship program like “Digital India Project” would create over five crore jobs according to the Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad (12th June, 2015 address to students at Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi). This indicates that we need to create manpower in the above mentioned areas to meet the challenges of future. Continue reading
What makes Engineering Institute as ‘Best Engineering Institute’? Is it only excellent placement data or only passing percentage of Engineering graduates? In previous years, most of the Engineering aspirants used to judge the Engineering Institute based on its placement history. Now days, the focus is shifted from placements to sustainable placements or recruiters’ feedback. In this way, alumni are playing a very important role at this stage. The question arise that Why? and How? Alumni are the brand ambassadors of any educational Institute and if excellent feedback by corporate world creates a sustainable industry interface with such Institution. Those successful alumni also share very positive feedback of an Institute. Alumni performance at the company is affected by several factors in which the major factor is the skills that they had adapted during their studies.
As per an article published in Business Today recently and as per reports published in various newspapers reveal that only about 30 per cent graduates in India are job worthy. In case of Engineering graduates it is reported that their employability worth lies somewhere between 20 to 25 per cent. Many academicians feel it could be still lower. It is therefore important to dwell upon the possible reasons which cause low employability of Indian graduates in general and Engineering graduates in particular. The international ranking of higher education Institutions in India and their failure to enter the list of top 200 Institutions of the world, and the low employability of Indian graduates has started all across the country. This is due to the theoretical nature of course curriculum at B. Tech level. The Institutes claims about most updated curricula, excellent laboratories, etc. but as per the reports, the focus on providing quality education is lost and the need has been realized to look into this issue seriously.
Higher Education sector has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of Universities/University level Institutions & Colleges since Independence. The number of Universities has increased 34 times from 20 in 1950 to 677 in 2014. More specifically if we talk about technical institutions, their number has gone up from 1,511 colleges in 2006-07 to an astoundingly high 3,345 in 2014-15.
India now ranks second after China in terms of enrolment of students. The government has set a target to achieve a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 30% by 2020. But, the question arises, that is it sufficient to increase the number only?
It is true, that given with scale and complexity of the higher education challenges, the government on its own cannot single-handedly tackle all the issues but at the same time we all have to accept that majority of private technical institutions in India are Lacking in infrastructure, sufficient laboratory equipment, trained faculty, Research & Development, industry oriented curricula and theory- practical balance. They are producing large number of graduates with technical degrees but with no technical skills and who is not industry deployable. Continue reading