Special Correspondent

Education system is suitable only for an industrial economy: expert

MYSORE: The two-day industry-academia meet that began here on Tuesday is expected to address the problem faced by the country's industry regarding how best to revamp engineering education and improve the quality of engineers to meet industrial standards.

Finding a solution to this problem is reckoned to be imperative in the wake of growing threat from emerging economies such as China. Otherwise, Indians will risk losing the advantage of god communication skills in English.

The meet, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry and National Institute of Engineering, is being held at Infosys. It will take up issues such as participation of industries in curriculum development; management of engineering colleges; redesign of the curriculum to meet the needs of the industry, and devising ways to disseminate best practices through focused programmes.

K. Basavaraju, State Project Advisor and Director, Technical Education, said the present education system was suitable only for an industrial economy and not for the knowledge economy.

The State had taken initiatives to bridge the gap and launched programmes such as "CEO Speaks," in association with the CII.

The meet is the second such initiative in recent times.

The relevance of the meet was best explained in a session on "Gap Analysis between Industries and Academia for Qualified Manpower" by S.K. Harish, head, Tagutec India Pvt. Ltd. Parabrahman, Deputy Managing Director, Kirloskar Toyota Textile Machinery Ltd., said the situation was so bad in the textile sector that one could not find trained personnel to operate machinery.