DO Engineering:Be creative and Innovative


There are a lot of engineers in India now but do they really know what engineering is!!!! or they are just getting the degrees without any prior knowledge of practical engineering.
Experts in the Indian electronics world opine that mere college education cannot get candidates good jobs. You need to have that ‘extra’ bit to make it to the professional world. And that can be offered only by finishing schools.

By definition, a finishing school is a supplementary training school that attempts to compensate for the deficiencies of colleges by providing specialised vocational training (hard skills) or personality development programmes (soft skills). Whether you want to get into telecom engineering or VLSI, there is a finishing school for all kinds of engineers in India.

Engineering education in India: The loopholes

“While engineering education in India has evolved over the last few years, there is still considerable skills gap when it comes to industry requirements. According to the National Employability Report (NER) 2011, while India produces more than 500,000 engineers annually, only a miniscule 3.51 per cent are appropriately trained to be directly deployed on projects. Further, only 2.68 per cent are employable in IT product companies, which require greater understanding of computer science and algorithms. One of the main reasons for this is lack of exposure to industry-standard tools and software.”

Experts are of the view that the current curriculum emphasises on theory rather than practical technological applications in the industry. Highlighting the need of employ employability in engineers, Raghu Panicker, country sales director, Mentor Graphics, says, “The main challenge today is not making the engineering graduates employable but also to ensure that there are more number of competent industry-ready engineers for better productivity and innovation. We have seen that fresh engineering graduates who get hired by leading companies have to go through induction on product engineering oriented or process engineering oriented or focused
in-house training programmes. These programmes are usually driven and guided by internal engineers, managers and product/process specialists, and run for over four to six months. These programmes involve a lot of effort, time and costs for any corporate. This is where finishing schools come in.”

What role do finishing schools play?

While this is not a mass generalisation, a fair majority of engineering or management graduates are not adequately exposed to the outside world. The basis of summer internships and longer-duration industrial training programmes that were incorporated in the Indian education framework was to facilitate this. However, very few get to undergo these programmes in the industry due to the growing number of engineering graduates from colleges all over India.

Numerous smaller training organisations that claim to provide such training have sprung up in all corners of the country, but there are very few which can provide the much needed real-life job experience to candidates. As a result, they are not well aware of the specific skills that they require to land a job once they step out of their colleges.

The curriculum of finishing schools is designed to ensure better adaptability by engineering students from different streams. The main focus of the finishing schools is:
1. Increase the industry-readiness of the fresh engineering graduates so that they are productive from day one
2. Bridge the industry and education sector gap by catering to the needs of VLSI and semiconductor industry
3. Create a path where the industry and educational sector can synergise efforts to train better manpower
4. Develop the requisite industry know-how for students to facilitate better employability
5. Ensure more number of industry-ready engineers are available for the industry to recruit

So What I want to say to you all is "Don't Just Teach Engineering DO ENGINEERING"

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