Only continuous industry-academia collaboration can take care of the shortage of employees in the Indian industry was the consensus at a conference organised by the CII and All India Council for Technical Education on Tuesday.
Representatives of the corporate world and research institutes said there was lack of understanding of industry requirements on the part of the universities and a comprehensive policy was needed to bring about a change in the education system.
They were speaking at the eastern regional conference on “Mechanism to map industry linkages of institutes”.
“Disconnect between the industry and institutes is a burning issue and this has caused a lot of concern in the industry and in the minds of the academia. We need to address the problem,” said Aloke Mookherjee, the chairman of the education and skill development sub-committee of CII (eastern region).
Scientists and scholars from a number science and technology research institutes, including the Indian Association for Cultivation of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, attended the meet apart from CII representatives and officials of the AICTE officials and the higher education department.
Many of the speakers said the syllabus followed at most engineering institutes is “outdated”. Some questioned whether it was possible to change curriculum frequently to match “changing business scenarios”.
The speakers were unanimous that the country did not have enough people with the right skills.
To overcome the gap and upgrade the employable skills of fresh engineering graduates, CII officials said they would soon start surveying engineering institutes in collaboration with AICTE to assess their performance in terms of industry linkage.
The survey will be a part of an AICTE initiative to grade engineering institutes across the country on the basis of interactive and collaborative programmes undertaken by them.