COIMBATORE: A majority of the technical education institutions in the country have performed poorly in industry links, says a survey done by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
According to the survey, 90 percent of engineering colleges more than 10 years old have scored fewer than 35 marks out of 100( governance:7 marks, curriculum: 17 marks, faculty: 29 marks, infrastructure: 10 marks, service, project and skill development: 18 marks and placement: 19 marks). In the case of emerging engineering colleges, which are up to five years old, the situation is worse.
The survey was being done for the fourth year now, and best industry-linked-institute awards in 24 categories are going to be announced on December 2. The findings of the survey were released on Thursday.
In the established institutions category, only 9 per cent institutes in computer science and IT engineering, 8 per cent in civil engineering, 12 per cent in chemical engineering, 9 per cent in electrical engineering, 5 percent in electronics and communication engineering, 12 per cent in mechanical engineering have managed to score more than 35 marks. In the emerging engineering institutions category, the percentage was lower.
In the case of established management institutes, 27 per cent of institutes have managed to score more than 35 marks while 54 per cent institutes scored between 10 and 35.
Reacting to the survey findings, AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe said,
“The very purpose of instituting the AICTE-CII awards was to overcome the challenge of not doing well in this important aspect of technical education by most colleges.Change is required in all facets.” This includes involving members from industry on the boards of management; framing state-of-the-art curricula relevant to industry and society; involving industry personnel in boards of studies, senate and academic councils; inviting persons from industry as adjunct faculty and sending faculty to industry on sabbaticals; getting CSR funding for improving infrastructure, interaction between students and industry representatives and providing industry internships, among others, he said, adding these were achievable only through constant engagement with industry.