As we know that employability of the engineering graduated has recently declined to a historically low that has caused a panic among the educators in India. Technical education – a professional degree program is supposed to provide hands-on learning in several disciplines of engineering and technology. These professionals are supposed to solve the real life challenges and to improve or facilitate the lives of the individuals of various walks of life. The classroom learning involves understanding the technological concepts with appropriate mathematical treatment. However, to effectively learn several technological concepts of any engineering program, it is important to apply those technological concepts to solve some real life application based problems in order to reinforce the real potential of those concepts and to learn the underpinnings and limitations of those concepts.
Often times, the classroom teaching is focused on covering lot of fundamental concepts with appropriate mathematical treatment but little focus is given on the real life industrial case or application based exercise. In absence of the application of the studied concepts, the mathematical analysis of the concepts remains meaningless and as a result of that, students forget those concepts quickly or after passing the exams. This methodology of teaching converts the technical education to a “rote learning” and thus leaves a significant gap between the industry expectations and score of the degree examinations. It is therefore essential that application or case based teaching methodology is developed and adopted to make technical learning effective so as to bridge the gap between examination scoring and an ability to solve the real life engineering problems. Continue reading