Special Correspondent

To train members of the faculty in engineering education

BANGALORE: Mission 10X, the initiative by Wipro Technologies launched here on Thursday, is to meet head-on the looming skills shortage that threatens to affect the IT industry’s growth.

Wipro Chairman, Azim Premji, told a gathering of academicians that “Mission 10X is to create systematic and systemic changes to current teaching-learning practices in engineering education. We hope by training the [members of the] faculty along industry standards, the employability level of engineering graduates and diploma holders will improve”.

India was turning out almost five lakh engineering graduates and diploma holders annually, while the output in China was estimated at six lakh, in the U.S., 75,000 and in Germany 25,000, Mr. Premji said.

Responding to questions, Mr. Premji and IIT-Bombay faculty Kannan Moudgalya, said that the current financial year would see 1,000 faculty trained, with sessions also planned in smaller centres like Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam. Eventually, the whole country is to be covered, including the North East and by 2010.

“While a fresh look at the engineering curriculum is necessary, we have only come to the level of having discussions with the Union Education Ministry. Meanwhile we can improve the quality of faculty and teaching,” Mr. Premji said.