Skill Development and Industry Orientation for Enhancing Employability of Engineering Graduates

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.

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at JK Lakshmipat University is committed to provide excellent academic environment with a nice blend of theoretical and practical components with sufficient industry orientation. Having support of more than 100 years old JK Organization, JKLU is successfully following its path towards academic excellence. The focus on ‘Skill Development’, ‘Industry Orientation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship Skills Enhancement and Awareness’ is enhancing employability of all its Engineering graduates. Frequent industry visits, number of talks by industry experts, industry consultation in updating the curricula, 21 credits worth industry training programmes, scheduled skill enhancement programmes in each semester are few of the efforts put in by IET in the said direction. Therefore, IET and JKLU are being rated with excellent rankings by several magazines and publication houses. No doubt to say that IET is creating a path for many other private Institutes to follow, it they want to remain in the list of top Engineering Institutes.

About the Author

Dr Umesh GuptaDr Umesh Gupta, the Associate Professor of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at JK Lakshmipat University has 13 years of teaching, research, and administrative experience. He did his PhD from University of Rajasthan. Currently he is supervising his PhD candidates working in the area of Optimization Techniques. 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. Besides teaching and research, he is also the Coordinator of Practice School at JKLU in addition to various other administrative responsibilities. He is an active core committee member of Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) established at the University, under which he has organized various activities useful for entrepreneurship awareness among the students.