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Text Preview 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 certification programs present ways to acquire the required skills, it is often challenging to ensure the right combination and format of programs to ascertain that skills demands are met. Fresh graduates out of institutes have to go through a rigorous training program before they are absorbed in the industry. Majority of these training programs are designed towards upgrading technical skills and developing soft skills, which are not addressed adequately by our education system. These include language skills like diction and fluency, analytical abilities and basic logic, cross-cultural sensitivity and customer oriented service and behavioral attributes. Most of the companies put a huge question mark on the productivity of the fresh graduates by assuming zero to minimal output from them in the first six to twelve months of job. A typical question arises is that after studying for six years in a quality educational institute why do the graduates still need to acquire certification courses besides being out to training programs before allotment of real work by their employers. This is also validated when the top executives of companies voice their concerns for the mismatch in between their expectations and what these students bring to the table. Key gaps areas, as surveyed by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, are as follows. Lack of Industry exposure – Project oriented assessments are none to minimal and the essence of the system still follows examination based evaluation processes. Lack of flexibility in revision of course contents – Since most of the educational institutions are under the ambit of government regulations the process of revision of course content becomes a lengthy and cumbersome process. Lack of industry exposure for the teachers themselves.

This clearly indicates that there is a skill gap between the demand and supply of technical human resource. In the present paper an attempt is made to suggest an alternate educational model which... Show More

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