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Selvan D., senior vice-president, Wipro Technologies (second from left), and
Selvan D., senior vice-president, Wipro Technologies (second from left), and

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VELLORE: Wipro Technologies, Bangalore, opened its Mission10X Concept Centre (MCC), a centre for industry-academia collaboration, at the VIT University on Wednesday.

The MCC is among many centres being run by Wipro in different parts of the country, with the objective of enhancing the employability of fresh engineering graduates by bringing about systemic changes in the current teaching-learning paradigms followed in engineering colleges across the country, in collaboration with the academia.

G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT University, inaugurated the MCC in the presence of Selvan D., Vice-President, Talent Transformation, Wipro Technologies.

Earlier, Mr. Viswanathan and Dr. Selvan signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate continuous offering of Faculty Empowerment Programmes (FEPs) in a mission mode so that all faculty serving at VIT University would become Mission10Xians. The VIT University as well as its Academic Staff College (ASC) are partners in the venture. The FEPs organised by ASC in partnership with Mission10X is oriented towards building continuous professional development of faculty members in engineering education. FEPs are primarily designed to shift the paradigm from teaching to learning and transform the learning cultures in the technical institutions through developing and adopting innovative teaching-learning approaches. The trained faculty would, in turn, reach out to the students in such a way as to make the students industry-ready by the time they complete their course.

Dr. Selvan said that MCC was born out of the desire of Wipro founder Azim Premji to change the current scenario, wherein only 25 to 30 per cent of the engineering graduates in the country got jobs commensurate to their study. Besides, the current economic depression and the subsequent revival of the economy have put lot of pressures on customers of IT companies for their survival.

With the client industries and businesses being on an economic revival mode, there is a lot of pressure on the IT companies to deliver more at 20 per cent less cost. This has posed a challenge to the IT companies in attracting the best talent. “If education does not cope with the new pressures, and if engineers do not provide higher value, employability will become a problem again. In this context, MCC is an investment in the future,” he said.

S. Nagarjuna, General Manager & Head, MCC, said that the Mission has been named as Mission10X since the objective is to increase the employability of engineering graduates 10 times. MCC has already covered 7,000 faculty members across the country and hopes to reach out to 10,000 faculty members by the end of 2010.

Sebi Kumar, Principal Consultant, Talent Transformation, MCC, said that MCC has developed a Unified Learning Kit which is designed for the faculty of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Instrumentation and Structural Engineering, Information Technology and Mechatronics.

Mr. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, said that the problem of shortage of engineering teachers has become acute in the country in view of the reluctance of engineering graduates to take to the teaching profession owing to poor pay structure. But things have changed after the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. He said that 20,000 trained teachers must be provided every year at the rate of five trained teachers in each engineering college and 10 teachers in each university in order to increase the access to higher education to achieve the goal of making India a developed country by 2020.

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