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Technical education to focus on industry oriented skill development

Technical education to focus on industry oriented skill development
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First Published: Mon, May 28 2007. 04 34 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 28 2007. 04 34 PM IST
New Delhi: Ideas and innovation are inextricably linked in knowledge-based economies and unless industry is responsive to society’s needs and technical training institutes have strategic partnerships with industry, economic growth will not gain momentum.
This was a shared sentiment that was echoed at the MoU signing ceremony between CII and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). “Technical skills should be imparted through industry-oriented training”, said Prof. Damodar Acharya, Chairman, AICTE, adding that enhancing global mobility of Indian engineers and aligning Indian accreditation with the global accreditation system are a priority for them.
He cited that graduates today must have three key attributes – high ability to learn, as job content keeps changing, high trainability and the ability to unlearn and learn new skills fast.
A significant reason for a slowing down in economic growth is lack of skilled manpower. The MoU between the two organizations will create a workforce of competent manpower in specific fields as per industry requirement, in order to maintain double-digit growth.
Experts pointed out that curriculum change alone will not make much difference and that flexibility in choice of subjects, relative grading system and credit-based knowledge system along with semester-wise registration, abolition of external system and quality assurance should be part of the education system.
Recommendations
* Industry and institutions must address acute shortage of teaching faculty jointly.
* Faculty should visit specialized industries to have practical knowledge of fast moving technologies in order to pass on relevant knowledge to students.
* IISC and IITs have video based world-class study material, which can be accessed through a common server to update teachers and provide assistance in changing the curriculum.
Meanwhile AICTE has partnered with Nasscom on online testing and certification for general and domain specific courses. Different post-graduate level diploma courses and advanced diploma courses for 20-30 verticals will be identified and theoretical and practical inputs provided.
A portal will be developed jointly by CII and AICTE that will provide information regarding industry projects and students’ bio-data. This will benefit students, teachers, industry and the government.
Industry is expressing concern over lack of skilled manpower and there is an erosion of public confidence on the certification process of technical education. There is a gap between expectation of society and industry regarding intellectual component, social capital and emotional capital, which together comprise human capital.
Education institutes across the globe have adjusted to changing needs of industry and Indian technical institutes will have to adapt to this global competitiveness.
Industry, academia, government and society are the four islands that can be bridged through skill development. CII will identify the sectored industry and gap analysis. According to General Mehta, DG, CII, India has ten years to catch up with the world and the MoU is the beginning of a reform process.
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First Published: Mon, May 28 2007. 04 34 PM IST