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Engineering education has not lost sheen: AICTE chairman

COIMBATORE:

Engineering education has not lost sheen as engineers are in demand in countries where the population is ageing, All India Council for Technical Education Chairman Anil D. Sahasrabudhe said in Coimbatore on Tuesday.

“Notwithstanding the reduction in number of engineering seats because of the closure of colleges, there is demand for engineering courses and engineering graduates, as can be seen from the fact that those students who have participated in Smart India Hackathon events have four or five offers,” he told journalists after interacting with participants at the grand finale of the Smart India Hackathon Hardware Edition 2019 at the Forge incubation centre.

The reduction of around 2.50 lakh engineering seats from 16.50 lakh to around 14 lakh seats over the last three years at an average of 80,000 seats a year was because colleges that could not offer quality education had to shut down. The colleges also had to shut shop because the number of seats on offer was more than the takers.

But the problem for the AICTE was 30 % to 40% graduates getting under employed. “It is a challenge for the AICTE and it is addressing the issue through various means – new initiatives to help students improve and innovate and internships.”

Mr. Sahasrabudhe said that to improve the quality of pedagogy at engineering colleges, AICTE had made it mandatory for faculty to undergo eight modules of faculty certification programmes. Engineering colleges could appoint candidates as faculty who had not undergone the course but could not regularise their employment. For engineering faculty, they would have to undergo the course for promotion from one rank to another.

The faculty could undergo the course either in person or through the open, online programme on the SWAYAM platform.

On innovation, he said the Central Government's initiative had helped the country go up from the 81st to the 57th position in the Global Innovation Index.

Forge Chief Executive Officer Vish Sahasranamam said 12 teams of six students and two faculty each were at the grand finale working on the three problem statements each from Mahindra and Bosch.

A release from Forge said the students would work for 120 hours non-stop and on Friday a panel of judges would select the winner.

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