Industry-Institute Interface: Education beyond Boundaries

As per the Annual Status of Higher Education (ASHE) report 2016 from CII, the Draft National Education policy 2016 has been conceptualized to be a response to the main challenges that exist in the education sector in India. One of the main goals of this policy is to align higher education with skill development objectives, to facilitate the acquisition of technical and vocational skills that enhance employability. In this era of growing number of private/self-financed higher educational Institutes, the challenges for this Country are also changing its shape. The challenges are to engage the so-called trained youth in the employment matching to their expectation as per their qualification.

To match formal education with employability, a good interface between Industries and Institutes is required and it would need active participation from both. The efforts may be in the form of fruitful internships, flexible curriculum permitting students to work at industries in final year, industry visits, and faculty recharge programs at the industries, joint workshops, training programs, conferences, talks, curriculum development, etc.

Many of these measures are already being taken by several Institutions in India but lot of improvement is needed with proactive participation from the industries. One of the significant steps that have been taken by industries and institutes together is to offer industry based specialization during undergraduate B. Tech programs. These industry collaboration programs in engineering enable the students to study their core area along with a specialization course offered by reputed industry. This is a step towards bringing higher education out of its conventional campus boundaries. Having support of JK Organisation, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur has been focusing well in these aspects of Industry-Institute interface since its inception in the year 2011. Recently, JK Lakshmipat University is awarded with ‘The Best University of the Year in India for Institute Industry Interface’ by APS Research and Media.

The University has witnessed the presence of expert professionals from government and private sectors such as ISRO, DoIT, PHED, Maruti, Reliance, IBM, Nokia, Infosys, Wipro, Fiat, GMR, JK Tyre, Cairn India, NBC, Ericsson, HLFL, NIEL and many more at its campus. Institute of Engineering and Technology at the University offers semester long internship, Practice School – II to its students where students work at Industry as a part of curriculum under the supervision of the faculty members. Due to these efforts, the Institute is among top engineering colleges in India. This year JKLU has added RedHat Enterprise IT, MBA Digital Marketing & Web Analytics, MBA Financial Analytics and many more courses for its students. This is in continuation to the IBM collaborated specialization in cloud computing, specialization in mobile computing, specialization in big data analytics and specialization in mobile computing in Rajasthan offered by the University previous year. In addition to it, the University has taken various significant steps to provide industry interface to its students and therefore it has become not only top University in Rajasthan but rapidly moving towards positioning itself in top 10 private Universities in India.

About The Author:

Dr Umesh GuptaDr Umesh Gupta, Associate Professor, IET, JK Lakshmipat University

He did his PhD from University of Rajasthan. Currently he is supervising his PhD candidates working in the area of Optimization Techniques. In addition to basic Mathematics courses, he has taught many application oriented courses like, Optimization Techniques, Computer Based Numerical and Statistical Techniques, Operations Research, Research Methodology, Statistics for Research etc. to the Engineering and Ph.D. students. He is the life member of various national and international academic bodies, like, Indian Science Congress, Indian Mathematical Society, Operational Research Society of India, and Rajasthan Academy of Physical Sciences. He is an elected senior member of IACSIT, Singapore.