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Way2k 26 Sep 2012
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Only 25% Indian Engineers Employable
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India produces a large number of engineering graduates every year, but multinationals find that just 25 per cent of them are employable, according to a study conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute on the emerging global labour market. "Our engineering education, therefore, seems is not relevant to the present needs of the Indian industry. We need industry-specific / or sector-specific engineering education for making engineers employable," said the Engineering Council of India (ECI). The ECI organized its 6th national convention on the theme "Industry - Specific Engineering Education for Better Employability of Engineers-Contours of Reform" in Kolkata on Monday (19th Sept).

Only 25 percent Indian Engineers Employable

Higher technical education, particularly engineering education has always occupied a place of prominence in India's economic development. According to the XIth Plan Working Group of the Planning Commission on Technical Education, the key challenging issues include inter alia: assuring quality of technical education, ensuring its relevance to global, local market and industry needs, and improving employability. Objective of the 6th National Convention was to consider in-depth various aspects of the reform of engineering education and try to get a consensus on the contours of change. It also considered aspects such as, the multidisciplinary engineering curricula and its new possible branches that will meet the needs of the industry.

The convention looked at duration of the course, industry training, after the course mandatory internship with the industry, treatment to the diploma stream in the reform process, and modalities of bringing in the engineer technicians in the process of formal engineering education. The ECI said: "Concerns about the present engineering education system that we have today were widely shared by the delegates from both the industry and academia at these conventions.

"An almost unanimous view emerged from these in-depth deliberations that the engineering education needs a systematic overhaul, so that India can produce world-class engineers having multi-skills, apart from sound knowledge of engineering sciences." "We need industry/sector-specific engineering education. Besides, the country is able to educate much larger numbers without diluting academic standards. Indeed, this is essential because the transformation of our economy and society in the 21st century would depend, in significant part, inter alia, on the spread and the quality of technical education, particularly engineering education among our people."

The ECI said it is generally felt that the present regulatory system of higher technical education including engineering education is flawed in some important respects. "The barriers to entry are too high. The system of authorizing entry is cumbersome. The system, as a whole, is over-regulated but under-governed. The system of affiliated colleges for undergraduate education, which may have been appropriate 50 years ago, is no longer adequate or appropriate; it needs restructuring, and reformed. India is not an attractive destination of higher technical education, particularly engineering education for international students."

"It is time for us to make a conscious attempt to create appropriate policy framework for attracting foreign students to India for higher technical education, particularly the engineering education. This would enrich our academic milieu and enhance quality. It would also be a significant source of finance," said the ECI.

The supply constraint of quality engineering education is an impediment today, said the Council. "It must ease for the better. When students have relatively few choices, institutions have greater power over them. An expansion of the quality engineering education system that provides students with choices and creates competition between institutions is going to be vital in enhancing inter alia accountability.

"Such competition between institutions within India is, of course, essential. However, the significance of competition from outside India must not be underestimated. "For this purpose, we need appropriate policy for the entry of foreign institutions into India and the promotion of Indian institutions abroad. This policy must ensure that there is an incentive for good institutions and a disincentive for sub-standard institutions to come to India," said the ECI.

Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta was the Chief Guest and Prof. P. K. Mahapatra, Pro-Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology was the guest of honour. Keynote addresses were delivered by the distinguished persons both from the academia and the industry. There were be a panel session at which distinguished panelists both from the industry and academia will give their presentations. Around 180 delegates attended the convention including a few student engineers.

Courtesy: Yahoo Campus

 

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