Dr. Rao, CBIT: Unite knowledge & skill
Dr. B. Chennakesava Rao
Dr. B. Chennakesava Rao, Principal, CBIT, Hyderabad in an e-mail interview with Princi Sharma shares his thoughts about the dismantled situation of technical education in our country. He highlights the problem of sporadic growth of private institutes, but gets disappointed that high-quality institutes is not matching up with the pace of others expansion. He further feels that the students should improve their technical and soft skills for getting good employment. And all this can be accomplished if we combine industry, academician and government to develop appropriate curriculum.
Q: What are the daunting challenges in technical education today?
A: The main problem is the gap between knowledge and skill. The curriculum is not being designed to suit direct employability in industry. The industry experts are not being fully involved in designing curriculum. There is lack of industry exposure for students during the course period. And the focus on communication skills, soft skills and ethics is very limited - Students with rural background and regional language are not able to follow the subjects in English. The opening of huge number of engineering colleges has diluted standards and poor quality in engineering education.
Q: How can we improve this dismal situation?
A: We can achieve if we give more freedom to those institutions which have a good reputation and track record. The major hindrance is the fast increase in the number of technical institutes. Sadly, the number of good technical is not growing with that pace. I feel that the industry, academician and government must come together to modify the curriculum to suit as per the industry requirements. We must closely emphasize on developing communication skills, soft skills, teamwork professionalism and ethics.
Q: Making technical education robust is need of the hour...
A: I think it is possible by giving more freedom to technical education institutions which have a good reputation and track record. See, the problem is that in our country, the number of technical institutes is increasing very fast but number of good technical is not growing with that pace. Industry, academician and government must come together to modify the curriculum to suit as per the industry requirements. There should be more about communication skills, soft skills, teamwork professionalism and ethics.
Q: Owing to the fact that India is emerging as a knowledge-economy where do you think it has considerable advantage? Which area needs utmost attention?
A: In India 54% of the population is youth with average age of below 25 years. The attention of youth should be diverted towards professional education. Knowledge economy in commerce and industry has the greatest advantage. The service sector is also growing fast. Consultancy, management services, e-commerce, software industry can be taken as reliable indicators for the formation of a knowledge economy.
Q: Please share unique academic happenings...
A: We are empowering the students with good learning ambience and research environment. We are also promoting in-house research by the faculty by extending financial support to the tune of Rs.40,000/- maximum for each project. We are connecting theory with applications through the use of ICT and trying to bring a real life scenario into the class rooms. Our faculty frequently attends workshops for improving their technical expertise. We also encourage students for doing innovative Projects/Hardware Projects by extending financial support
Q: Does India need 15 lakh engineers passing every year?
A: About 1.3 Lakhs are absorbed by IT Sector and 10,000 students are absorbed by core sector industry. The remaining people have to improve soft skills and technical skills for joining industry.