‘Practical exposure needed for youths to ensure quality growth in economy’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 10:28:40


Staff Reporter,

Industry- Academia meet organised by DTE was inaugurated at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management

“Practical exposure to youths will help the economy to grow qualitatively. It will also help the nation in achieving the demographic dividend,” asserted Dr Abhay Wagh, Director of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra during the inauguration of Industry- Academia meet organised by DTE and co-ordinated by Joint Director office, Technical Education, Regional Office in association with Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM). The event was organised at RCOEM premises, on Thursday.

Dr Wagh expressed that there was an opportunity in every challenge. For a country to be powerful and progressive, it depends on how the country was performing in the economic front.

Dr Wagh said, “The pillars of GDP are agricultural sector, service sector and industrial sector. The industry and academia need to come together to strengthen the industrial sector. The talent hunt of the engineers, professionals is needed to achieve success in key result areas. We are unable to create students who are employable. In order to develop employable finished products, more co-ordination and efforts from the industry and academia is needed.”

Dr Wagh appealed to the industry and academia to make a perspective, actionable plan - a hub and spook model to bring the academia and industry closer.
The micro projects, mini projects, internships should be made compulsory for the students to get hands on training. The development of institutes into Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) is also need of the hour to make the youth employable.

The Principal, Deans, Training and Placement officers of various engineering, management, and pharmacy institutes of Nagpur attended this meet. The prominent among those present were Gulabrao Thakare, Joint Director, DTE, Nagpur Region and Atul Pandey, President, Vidarbha Industries Association who stressed on building of trust and confidence between industry and academia in accelerating a win-win situation for both and finding the solutions to the problems. Dr. C. S. Thorat, Principal, Government Polytechnic, Nagpur stated that the socio economic enhancement of the country was very essential and now teachers should become facilitators and create atmosphere of industry which is needed for the exposure of the students.

Ashutosh Tripathi, Vice President (Operations), Plant Head, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., laid importance of fast changing technology and digitalisation in the industries and electric mobility which are becoming fast adaptable in the industries. Dr Rajesh Pande, Principal, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management said Indian academia has relatively little interaction with industry.

The second session of the meet included a Panel discussion on the theme of ‘Effective Implementation Strategies to Enhance Quality of Technical Education and Employability Skill in the Context of Global Demand’. The panel discussion was held under the chairmanship of Dr Abhay Wagh. The academic experts in the panel included Dr Raju Mankar, Director, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology; Dr M B Kumthekar, Principal, Government Engineering College, Nagpur; Dr Priti Bajaj, Principal, GHRCE and Dr Sunil Bhat, VNIT. The industry experts' panel included Sameer Bendre, Chief Peoples Officer, Persistent Systems Ltd., K C Tayade, DGM (Quality Control), Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.; Arvind Kumar, Centre Head, TCS, Nagpur and Sanjay Nichat, Director, Global Techno Power Electronics.

The industry experts felt that it’s important to reduce the gap between industry and institute. It's important that the institutes go to industry rather than industry going to institutes. Internship, corporate clubs are one way to reduce this gap. Incubation, venture capitalists is another way to reduce this gap. The industry also presented CAAAR model to reduce this gap-Concept, Application, Articulation, Amplification and Result orientation. The academia felt there should be a strong fundamental, continuous and lifelong learning attitude which needs to be embedded among the students and provide them a conducive environment for growth and prosperity. Involvement of the faculty in projects, industry assignments, consultancy, skill upgradation of faculty with industry is required to develop the state of art technology which can be communicated to the students.

Academic system proposed concept of teaching knowledge of basic systems with ability to learn, how to learn and lifelong learning. Involving industry personnel in some teaching including as adjunct faculty could be one way to create that atmosphere. It's important to involve industry experts in designing, developing and teaching the curriculum. The exposure of faculty to the industry by providing sabbatical leave in the form of deputation of faculty to industry is also needed to equip them as better facilitators. Innovation eco-system, entrepreneurship and incubation and Research Park, TBI as needed to develop an innovative ecosystem wherein government, faculty, industry experts, students and researchers are involved in collaborative ventures leading to national growth and also, to set up Research Parks and make them hubs.

The meet was concluded with the remarks of Dr Abhay Wagh. Dr S R Kukadapwar proposed a vote of thanks. Dr J Randhawa, Megha Machale and D S Kulkarni conducted the proceedings of the technical session. Dr Lulekar and Dr Lateesh Bhagat moderated the panel discussion session.