- Understand that Training Comes Before Placement: The departments
are always names “Training and Placement Department” or “Training and Placement Cell”, however,
almost no focus is given on Training. T&P cells need to train students
especially in the summer vacations preceding the final year.
- Have Industry Experts as Consultants and Trainers: Many companies
tie up with academia so that reputed faculty act as consultants on research
projects. Similarly, Academic Institutions should also hire Industry Experts to
help frame the syllabus as per requirements of the industry. How can any
academic without any prior Industry exposure, produce an Engineer who meets the
requirement of the country? I am not saying that they can’t, I am just saying
that having industry experts as trainers will make the task efficient and fast.
Personality development and training from Industry Experts in my opinion should
decide 10% of the student’s CGPA and ideally 25%.
- Have ‘Latest Trends in Technology’ module in every subject: Lets
say that for each subject the syllabus is divided into 7 or 10 modules; in this
case the last module, must always be the ‘Latest Trends in Technology’ with no
further specifications. Technology is changing every day. For example, today we
need to teach Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 5G In Wireless Networks, where we teach
Bluetooth2.0, WiFi and 3G. In case of operating systems Android and Windows 8.1
should be taught. In case of Strength of Materials – case study of Burja
Khalifa, Dubai should take place. And I understand it is difficult for faculty
to keep themselves updated, given the administrative responsibilities that they
have; that is why we need Industry Experts to do the job. Also in exams at least 10% of questions should be from latest technologies - basic ones, but still there.
- Institute must include 6 months Internship program as a part of
Syllabus: Most institutes have a final year or final semester project.
However, we all know, what kind of projects are done by students. Institutes
should have the option that student either does 6 months Internship or the
project. This option can be given to the student in the final semester, which
is done my most institutes which have 6 months Internship as a part of their
curriculum. However, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh, has 6 months
internship in 6th semester for BTech. This has lots of benefits. If
the student has done 6 months Internship in 6th semester he has a
clear idea of his career interests, his area of interest, different between
academia and industry, and whether to get a job or go for MBA or MS or MTech.
Even if the institutes may not be able to implement this, final semester
internship is always possible. Students who do not get internship can always do
projects (preferably research or development or case studies if they are interested
- Inter-disciplinary projects from 1st year: Most Institutes
have option of only final year or final semester projects. Instead, there
should be one project every semester. If it can’t be from 1st year,
it can be very well started from 2nd or at least 3rd
year. Usually these projects are department specific, while no product is an
engineering branch specific product. For example, to make a Mobile Phone, you
need a Chemical Engineer, a Mechanical Engineer, an Electrical Engineer, an
Electronics Engineer and a Computer Science Engineer. So we must have
- Tap the Internal Experts: Students the best resources in any Engineering Institute. You can not deny the fact that every batch has some really good/bright students. Also, you can also find different experts - Music, Sports, Presentation, Managerial, Technical etc. Institutes fail to realize that they have the future experts of tomorrow, today! They have so many of the gems available, but they don't realize or value them. They fail to utilize them in a way that institute gets benefited. Such gems must be identified and used as trainers. 4th year students should be teaching 1st to 3rd year students. 3rd year students should be teaching 1st to 2nd year students. This is because the understanding of the students overlap. They are able to make others understand faster and in a simpler way.
- Marks for Extra-curricular activities for all-round development should take place: Everyone now knows that technical skills are not the only skills required to grow professionally as well as in personal life. Students should be taught:
- Proper Communication Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Moral and Ethical Values
- Knowledge of Law and day-to-day required knowledge
- Computer Programming and Computer Typing (Most of them use 1/2 fingers and it makes them very in-efficient. Imagine a manager typing with only one finger!)
- Basic People and Inter-personal skills developed through organizing various events/contests etc.
- Games and Sports
If you have a faculty, who is close to you (There is at least one Ram Shankar Nikumbh around ) AND in case you feel like valid points have been made in this article, make sure you show it to him/her. Who knows, s/he might be able to turn things around!