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75% Indian engineering students unemployable: Report

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Discussing a report by software industry group Nasscom which says that 75 percent engineering students in India are unemployable, education experts here on Saturday said that the Indian higher education system must give skill building and practical training equal importance as academics to give them an edge.

A.D. Sahasrabudhu, director of the College of Engineering, Pune said that one of the major reasons why engineers, even from reputed institutes, are not easily employed because they lack hands-on skill.

“The focus in most institutes here is always on academics and theory. Thus a mechanical engineer may actually not know how to change a part of a machine. Therefore even if a high scoring student gets placed in a good company, eventually that lack of practical knowledge catches up,” Sahasrabudhu said during a panel discussion at the sixth Higher Education Summit organised by Federation of of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).  Read More >>

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Everonn plans to bring branding to education

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Convinced that the blackboard-and-chalk model for education has far outlived its utility, and that quality education on a large footing is nearly non-existent, Chennai-based Everonn Education is planning to launch the concept of branded educational institutions across the country.

“The classroom has remained much the same through centuries, while the profile of children have changed dramatically. We plan to bring quality education to the new generation of children by bringing the skills, software and investment together”, Everonn managing director P Kishore told ET.

The company has identified 100 educational hubs in the country where it plans to launch 200 schools, 25 business schools and 10 engineering colleges, with Everonn bringing in teachers, content, management, technology and branding, and inviting investors to bring in the land and cash required for the projects.

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Efforts on to promote higher education

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K. Ponmudy, Minister for Higher Education and Pro Chancellor, Anna University, Tirunelveli, inaugurated the V.O. Chidambaranar College of Engineering here on Tuesday.

He said that the State Government was making efforts to promote higher education. The university should evolve a strategy and devise syllabi so as to meet the needs of the industry. Stiff competition between private and government engineering colleges should be treated as a sign of healthy contest to provide quality education.

“ Educational system has to be more innovative. He said B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering were being offered and in due course other branches of study would be introduced. He said that infrastructure of the newcollege would be completed within a year.

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New steps to take modern education to villages

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Divya is an engineering graduate from one of the most prestigious institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and is all set to embark on what will be a successful career in the aerospace industry.

Yet, however, she believes her transition period from college to work can be put to better use than being spent holidaying, watching films and catching up with friends. A chance glance at a newspaper advertisement led her to check on an offer that she thinks will bring immense meaning to an otherwise-chartered career: an offer to take modern education to Tamil Nadu’s remotest villages.

Divya is not alone in this quest, and teams up with Anoop, a graduate from Hindustan College of Engineering.

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SC lets tech colleges add new seats, courses

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The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for adding more seats and introducing new courses in engineering and technical colleges in Maharashra.

A bench of Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Satasivam allowed a special leave petition filed by Indira College of Engineering, Pune, against a 2008 full bench judgment of the Bombay high court. The HC had also held that All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regulations provided that if it granted approval to additional intake capacity or new courses before June 30, then only the directive would hold good for the current year. The development in the apex court will now ensure that technical institutions in Maharashtra will not have to wait for the next year and will be able to add new seats from this academic year.

When about 10 professional colleges were seeking additional seats this year, the AICTE–the regulator of technical and business education of India–said it could not grant them the permission after June 15 since the full bench judgment of the Bombay HC had set that date as a cut-off for granting approval.

Senior counsel Harish Salve, along with advocate Hitesh Jain, representing the college in the SC said the HC order was contrary to the AICTE rules as well as to an earlier order of the SC.

Source: Times of India

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Deregulate engineering education

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Engineering education is in a shambles in India. The number of engineering aspirants is much higher than the available seats in good colleges. Owing to poor salary levels, qualified and capable professionals do not take up teaching positions. This has impacted the quality of education: 75 per cent of engineering graduates are unemployable, according to a McKinsey study.

While the scenario seems daunting, it is however, possible to ensure that quality education becomes accessible and affordable to all.

The total number of children who reach the college-going age every year is two crore. About six lakh of them, or 3 per cent of the age group, take up engineering . These students can do well if there are good teachers. However, most colleges, even those that charge a tuition fee of more than Rs 50,000 a year, lack good teachers.

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Tamil Nadu gets 85 New Engg Colleges

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The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved a whopping 85 new self-financing engineering colleges, including nearly half-a-dozen exclusive women’s institutions, taking the tally of private players in engineering education in Tamil Nadu to 420. With this, the number of BE/BTech seats in private colleges is set to cross 1.64 lakh. Two colleges have been approved for Puducherry too.

Only Andhra Pradesh, with 523 engineering colleges, is ahead of Tamil Nadu in technical education. While Maharashtra has 227 such institutions, Karnataka has 154, according to AICTE data.

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