Engineering students lack the essential job-ready skills. Potential employers have this common complaint. There are many support programmes that blend the needs of both the institutions and the students, Hindustan University however, aims to address this need with its new specialised programmes for undergraduate students.
35 specialised B.Tech courses with adjustable specialisations in the developing fields, under the courses which are existing will be offered by the University. "In undergraduate courses, we have normal courses like mechanical engineering, civil, electrical and so on. We have now started a programme where students will be offered courses with specialisations like Aernautical engineering with specialised focus in avionics and automobile engineering with specialised focus in autotronics," said S. Ramachandran, vice-chancellor, of the university.
The elective a student will select after his/her second year will focus only on on his/her field of specialisation, also, the project work will revolve around the student's area of specialisation. This is the core feature of this specialisation programme. The students have an option of selecting the specialisation course either during the time of admissions or later after their second year of college.
"In the old system, the electives used to be distributive electives. For example, a civil engineering student will have the choice to take an elective in water management and one in construction management and so on. In this programme, the electives will be focused and the student can choose all his electives under one specialisation (water management, environmental engineering and so on.)," says Mr. Ramachandran.
"In recent placements we have found that a number of students were taking value additions spending more money and time outside of their regular course," he said. He says that Hindustan's approach looks forward to ensure that the student is job-ready with a clear specialisation.
"For example, the IT industry is in dire need of people with specialisation in cyber secutiry. Now a student who has done a specialisation in cyber security will be well equipped for the job without having to go out and take courses to improve their chances of getting a job," says Mr. Ramachandran.
Specialisation programmes will run simulateously with the other normal degrees of engineering and the fees for both will be the same as categorically stated by the university. If the student after his fifth semester is not comfortable with his specialisation, he can revert to the normal degree programme from the subsequent term and complete his course in the generic stream, says Mr. Ramachandran.