AICTE has introduced industry-led course modules aimed at producing skilled engineers
Markets need new talent
Ramesh Unnikrishnan, Advisor, Office of Policy and Academic Planning, AICTE, says, “All AICTE-accredited institutes have been advised to design relevant industry-focused course modules in consultation with key industries. or industry associations at the national level Technical universities should collaborate with industries to provide students with relevant training in technical, digital and vocational skills.
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The rapidly changing technical education system in our country has created barriers to the employability of engineering graduates, says Unnikrishnan. “Offering high-level training in a wide variety of professions, adapted to the needs of Industry 4.0 is essential. The measure taken by AICTE will contribute to reducing the gap between skills and talents. »
“The idea of inserting a course module into the existing curriculum should be done after knowing the market trends. This will prepare students for better job opportunities and the very essence of engineering sciences from base should remain intact to deliver the best of conventional and new courses,” says Abhay Bansal, Director, International Collaboration for Engineering and Technology, Amity University.
Benefits and Challenges
As per the directive of AICTE, KCG College of Technology, Chennai has signed MoUs with FullStack Labs – web development and software consulting company. They jointly designed an industry-led program to teach students for three semesters. P Deiva Sundari, Principal of KCG College of Technology, says, “MNC Capgemini Engineering will provide training to students on skills, coding required for technical publications and VLSI design. The MoU mandates the delivery mechanism of the course module by these tech giants as they also train our teaching staff in emerging technologies for 30 days.
Although integrating new course modules into the current curriculum comes with its own set of challenges. Bansal says, “A set of guidelines or a framework method to balance and compensate fundamental and conventional engineering courses as well as newly added modules could be a difficult task.
He further adds that certain branches of engineering like computer science, electronics and communication as well as mechanical automation are the most suitable for infusing new courses. Bansal says, “These branches have been revolutionized with the advent of computing over the past decade, due to the proliferation of technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud computing, IoT applications and automating. Thus, the demands for software engineers and computer engineers with up-to-date skills have reached monumental proportions.
Opportunities for students
Sundari pointed out that AICTE’s attempt to improve the curriculum will help students learn the applications of emerging technologies in core engineering disciplines. For example, Machine Learning, AI find a place in aeronautical or automotive engineering. She says, “It will help mechanical engineers take on multiple technology-based jobs. Apart from this, internship opportunities have also increased in terms of quality. Our BTech sophomores, against the norm for the final year, can now join virtual internships. Up to eight BTech students intern with IIT Madras on its technology-related projects for 10 hours per week, also earning a decent stipend. »