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Friday, 03 December 2021 10.21 PM IST

When engineering study becomes industry-oriented

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Special aptitude is more important in engineering than in any other field of study. Unfortunately, studying engineering here has become the option for anyone who can't turn to anything else after Plus Two. More and more people are joining engineering just to get a professional degree. This has led to the devaluation of the engineering education sector in the state. Students who pass engineering are looking for jobs in fields other than that field. A large percentage turn to the banking sector. The recently released list of police constables includes about 250 engineering graduates. In the past, engineers had the important role of nation building. Although the curriculum has changed in modern times, the region has not been industry-oriented as it is in other developed countries. It was supposed to be years ago. If that were the case, those who could study engineering would not gone after other professions.

As a continuation of the British period, there is still an emphasis on theory and lack of proper training in its application. Realising this, the syndicate of the University of Technology has decided to launch an Institution innovation Council of Industrialists and Technicians to make engineering education more industry-oriented and innovative. This is very welcome. The council will be headed by Somnath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai, Space Center. It also decided to recommend to the Government to amend the Act to give statutory powers to the Academic and Research Councils of the Universities to the Industrial Council. As part of this, the courses will become more vocational. In the future, small units of industry will operate on campus. From the students doing internships here, it will lead to the recruitment of students who excel in practicals rather than on the basis of marks, to industries in their respective fields without interviews and tests. If the work of this council is successful, it has the potential to become a model for the country itself.

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