Hindustan University’s programmes to ensure engineering graduates are job-ready.
The common complaint of potential employers about the quality of engineering graduates for their lack of job-ready skills is well-known. While there are a number of support programmes that the institutions and students alike are looking at, Hindustan University hopes to address this need with its new specialised programmes for undergraduate students.
The university will now offer 35 specialised B.Tech. courses with flexible specialisations in the emerging areas, under the existing regular courses. S. Ramachandran, vice-chancellor, of the university, says, “In undergraduate courses, we have normal courses like mechanical engineering, civil, electrical and so on. We have now started a programme where students will be offered courses with specialisations like Aernautical engineering with specialised focus in avionics and automobile engineering with specialised focus in autotronics.”
The main feature of this specialisation programme is that the electives a student chooses after his second year will focus on his area of specialisation alone and their project work will also focus on their area of specialisation. The students can either choose the specialisation course at the time of admission or after their second year.
Mr. Ramachandran says, “In the old system, the electives used to be distributive electives. For example, a civil engineering student will have the choice to take an elective in water management and one in construction management and so on. In this programme, the electives will be focused and the student can choose all his electives under one specialisation (water management, environmental engineering and so on.).”
According to him, “In recent placements we have found that a number of students were taking value additions spending more money and time outside of their regular course.” Hindustan’s approach seeks to ensure that the student is ready for the job with a clear specialisation.
“For example, the IT industry is in dire need of people with specialisation in cyber secutiry. Now a student who has done a specialisation in cyber security will be well equipped for the job without having to go out and take courses to improve their chances of getting a job,” says Mr. Ramachandran.
These new specialisation programmes will run concurrent to the normal engineering degrees and the university has categorically stated that the fees for both will be the same. Mr. Ramachandran says that if the student after his fifth semester is not comfortable with his specialisation, he can revert to the normal degree programme from the subsequent term and complete his course in the generic stream.