Here is how the Secretary of Sona College of Technology Mr. A Dhiraj Lal explains about the Changes in Engineering Education.
He says, Technical education has undergone an ocean of changes from what it has been before two to three decades ago. Our Country is witnessing the mushrooming of technical institutes without the standards and values which has resulted in bringing out engineers devoid of meritorious knowledge and skills.
While our Country needs Engineers with outstanding quality, institutes are not in a position to produce them. However, there are major reasons for this.
The first and the foremost one is the regid curriculum. Among the thousands of engineering institutes, there are only a few islands of excellence. The hands of even the colleges which come under this category are tied by the inflexible curriculum.
Second reason is that the students, who cannot fit themselves into this type of education they should undergo in engineering colleges, take up the courses due to the pressure from their parents and struggle a lot even to complete the course.
The third and the last reason is that, the faculty who lack industrial experience and the required pedagogical skills.
What should the Colleges do?
In case of many institutes, which have been established by people without industrial background, experience in academics and above all a philanthropic attitude, do not maintain standard. As these institutes claim tall and give false hopes, through advertisements students find it difficult to choose the right kind of institute.
Hence, a makeover is required to improve the scenario. The institutes which are not able to perform up to the mark, should have professional management and must have access to good financial support, either through loan or grant, at least for five years initially. For instance, Anna University is taking lots of steps to improve the standards by giving importance to faculty, laboratories and curriculum. At the same time, it permits the functioning of the institutes even if the institutes satisfy 60-65% of norms. This must be enhanced to at least 85-90%.
Another area which any engineering colleges should focus on is the placement of the graduates. Institutes should develop special cells for training the students in soft skills and technical skills. There should be highly flexible curricula offering various types of skill sets and knowledge domain.
Must do for Universities/ Colleges:
The aim of any good technical institute must be to establish centres of excellence, offering of continuing education programmes and advanced research centres.
Universities can also introduce credit system and the students must have the choice of selecting the subjects in which they can perform well depending on their mathematical analytical or theoretical abilities. Anna Universities can also bring in break system which has been in practice before many years.
He finally concludes as, lots of things have to be planned to overcome the short comings in the engineering education. With lots of young minds going in for engineering profession, is it not the right time to revolutionize the system? So, lets think, plan and act.