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Engineering provides good analytical skills – S Venkatarami Reddy, UPSC Member

How do you view Engineering education in India in the present global scenario?
The Engineering education in India is not that good as compared with the Engineering education in developed countries

According to you, what is purpose of engineering education? How do you define holistic engineering education?
The purpose of engineering education is to provide quality engineers for private and public sector

NASSCOM puts employability of engineering graduates at about 25 %. How to put this problem into perspective?
To increase the employability of engineering graduates, it is essential to improve the quality of education and the students are to be provided with good practical skills.

What is the problem with our colleges and their monitoring institutions such as AICTE?
Many of the colleges are not in a position to provide good infrastructure and also highly qualified good teachers. The monitoring institute AICTE is not doing its job properly.

Number of engineering colleges is growing, but not the quality of engineering education. Do you think there should be a cap on this number to improve the quality?
Yes, there should be a cap on the number of colleges, because it has become difficult to get highly qualified teachers, as many of the engineering graduates prefer to be engineers rather than teachers.

Around 43% of teaching positions are lying unfilled in IITs and NITs. Technical education sector as a whole is facing the crisis of quality teachers. How to address this problem?
More incentives should be provided to engineering teachers compared to those of general education.

How to make the curriculum of engineering courses more relevant? What type of innovations you would suggest for curriculum design?
The curriculum must be designed based on the needs of public and private sector.

IT sector has done a lot of good by absorbing large number of engineering students. However, there has been a criticism that it is hampering the supply of quality engineers to non-IT sectors. How do you see this?
IT sector has done great damage to the non-IT sector. The non-IT sector cannot compete with IT sector in paying good salary and other benefits.

Despite the world-famous IITs and IIITs, Indian IT industry is still heavily depends upon services and unable to making strides into product development. What is the reason for this situation?
The product development depends on the decision of the Govt. Moreover, developing services is more easily compared with product development.

What kind of steps government, industry and educational institutes shall take to improve industry-academia interaction?
There must be a continuous Industry-Institution interaction to get good quality engineering graduates. Govt. must play an important role to see that this interaction takes place.

Both the quality and quantity of research happening in technical educational institutions are not encouraging. How to make research an important component in engineering education?
The research in engineering education is very poor in India. Universities must provide enough funds for research on priority basis. Govt. must also treat engineering research as an important field, because the country’s development depends on engineering research.

How do you construe the relationship between the engineering, a technological subject, and country?
Engineering is a must for the development of any country. So no country can ignore engineering. The engineers of Indian origin are contributing a lot for the growth of USA.

Do you think engineering has an inbuilt component of social leadership and it has helped you to evolve into an administrator?
The engineering has inbuilt component of social leadership. An administrator needs good analytical skills and engineering has provided me these skills.

What is your advice to budding engineers?
The opportunities are plenty and the young engineers must improve their knowledge from all means apart from their colleges. Above all, they have to be honest, sincere and more committed to their profession.
Published date : 31 May 2013 05:09PM

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