Aligning Industrial Needs to Education

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Aligning Industry Needs With Skill Development at Educational Institutions
Deepesh Tiwari, Assistant Professor, Institute Industry Interaction Cell, MNNIT, Allahabad Prerna Kaushik, Guest Faculty, Computer Science and Engineering Dept, MNNIT, Allahabad

ABSTRACT Globalization of economic activities, high rate of technological development and ever evolving demands of society have changed the rules of the game for the industry which in return has created a new challenge for the educational institutions. The challenge is to match the pace of developmental changes by providing human force well equipped with desired skill sets and aptitude. This challenge has strengthened the need for fostering interdependence of educational institutions and industry. This demands a long term strategic thinking on part of institute and industry while framing curricula and designing programs. Equipping our students with the skills required for industry needs puts the learning function at the centre of the issue. A diagnostic study based on responses of students pursuing post graduate programs in engineering and management has been conducted to propose a strategy to do the needful. Outcome of the study shows that there is need to change the traditional educational processes, training and research work to orient the same to the skill needs of the industry. INTRODUCTION Rapid evolution of technologies [2] and diverse education landscapes demands for institutes and industry to join hands. The global nature of business requires institutes to play a vital role to impart a quality education and skills in the students to be competitive on the leading edge of technology. Indian education model of four year technical degree programs followed by a two year specialized master’s program is the typical system of training and skill development. This is often supported by various training and certification programs by various companies. Though the combination of traditional degree programs and



References: Kshirsagar, T. and Kulkarni (1998) .New strategies for technical education in twenty first century., The Journal of Engineering Education, April, pp.56.61. www.aicte.ernet.in date September 17, 2006 www4.nationalacademies.org date November 13, 2006 Porter, Michael E., ed. Competition in Global Industries. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1986.

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