I hear and I forget;
I see and I remember;
I do and I understand.
Engineering education is incomplete without laboratory practice. The overall goal of engineering education is to prepare students to practice engineering and in particular to deal with the nature of problems faced by the society. The laboratory practice has been an important part of professional and engineering undergraduate education; the laboratory is an ideal place for active learning. Students learn in a real world environment, function as team members, discuss the planning of experiments, and share ideas about the analysis and interpretation of data. Most engineering instruction took place in the laboratory and it demands the active use of knowledge and skill.
For the student the objective of engineering laboratory is to “practice by doing” and the laboratory courses help them to gain insight and understanding of the real world which they learn in their theory courses and the ideas for innovations. Now there is shift from the text book learning to the learning by observation and doing. Students have to design, analyze, and build their own creation. The emphasis on laboratories has increased many folds over the years. Now attention has been paid to laboratory courses in the curriculum and teaching methods. Continue reading
Since the time of independence the Indian higher education sector has come a very long way from 20 universities and 500 colleges to over 650 universities and more than 33,000 colleges in 2011-12 to become the one of the largest in the world. 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. This sharp increase will be made possible in part due to the large number of private institutions of higher education set up by the private sector and the support of corporate sector. Currently more than 60% of higher education institutions are private institutes*. During last decade several other private universities have been established with the support of the different corporate sectors in India.
This support of corporate sector creates a new vision for Industry academia partnership, which linked with various advantages in terms of industry ready engineers. This partnership opens new chapters in terms of Corporate involvement in curriculum and content design, Joint seminars by academia and industry, Projects conducted under industry mentors, Industry experts in governing councils and boards of advisors, Summer internship opportunities, Academia generating ideas and acting as incubators for entrepreneurs, Industry visits for students and faculty, Guest lectures by industry representatives and much more.
The support of big corporate sector goes back a long time, like support of Tata and Birla to start colleges for higher education and research. Likewise JK Organization, one of the leading Indian corporate of the country with a rich heritage of more than 100 years, is strongly committed to support the Education and Healthcare. It started JK institute of Applied physics and Technology, Allahabad (1949), JK cancer institute and hospital in Kanpur. To ensure a good quality education JK Organization established a multidisciplinary university JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) at Jaipur in Rajasthan in 2011 focusing on Engineering and Management. The responsibility of these top universities of India such as JKLU is to transform the students into a learned and skilled professional so that he can work well for the socio economic growth of India.