Involve industries in curriculum development, says Manipal Institute of Technology Director

Careers360 interviews Dr. Gopalakrishna Prabhu, Director of Manipal Institute of Technology, who speaks on some crucial issues in India’s engineering education. The Director also spoke on the increasing need of engineering graduates and streamline placement mechanisms in engineering colleges. Dr. Prabhu also shared his views on reforms that are needed at the administrative levels to give an impetus to new domains.

Read this interview to know what Dr. Prabhu said regarding quality of Indian engineering institutions at par world-class institutes.

Careers360: What are your views on making India’s technical education more robust and yielding?
Dr. Prabhu: For India’s technical education to become more robust and yielding, I feel institutions must focus on academic sustainability. Moreover, the curriculum must be competitive and relevant.

Careers360: As per AICTE’ the total number of UG engineering intake is 16,31,484 for 2015-16. Do we need more than 16 lakh engineers every year? What are your views?
Dr. Prabhu: Engineers are the ones who build a nation. We need a large number of qualified and competent engineers for our country. There is so much to do. If we look around we find that technology is the ‘be all and end all’ of everything today. Technology is progressing at a rapid pace and is seamless.  Of course, we need to develop indigenous technology and cost effective solutions for local problems. But, if we look for placements and want to work only in MNCs, then the opportunities will be limited.

Careers360: What kind of reforms can be executed at the administrative levels to give an impetus to new domains?
Dr. Prabhu:
The best solution would be to introduce inter-disciplinary subjects with more hands-on experience in the teaching-learning process because graduates with inter-disciplinary programmes have more career options. It also provides students with a far better academic foundation and is definitely advantageous for multiple careers.

Careers360: What are your views on how to streamline placement mechanisms in engineering colleges?
Dr. Prabhu: The most important aspect to streamline placement mechanism is to involve industries in curriculum development. Additionally, to have industry experts as adjunct faculty in the institution is a good idea as they can impart first-hand knowledge to the students.  Inviting core companies for placements is also important for good placements.

Dr. Gopalakrishna PrabhuDr. Gopalakrishna Prabhu,
Director,
Manipal Institute of Technology,
Manipal University

Being fresh and being full of ideas, the young engineering aspirants should be creative in their outlook and come up with innovative solutions. They should also have strong conviction to achieve true success in their career.

Careers360: Do you believe that the recruitment process of faculty members in engineering institutes assures that only the ‘best-in-class’ are selected?
Dr. Prabhu:
We can only select “qualified” faculty. Institutions must develop a system to motivate and train the selected faculty members either by sending them to industry on sabbatical or partner university on faculty-exchange mode.

Careers360: Is there a promising project from your institute that you would like to share with us?
Dr. Prabhu: Manipal Institute of Technology, along with KEF launched MIT–KEF Research Center for Precast Concrete Technology in Civil Engineering Department. The project is supported by an alumnus of our institution.

Careers360: How can Indian institutions compete with world-class institutions in engineering education?
Dr. Prabhu: This can be done by concentrating more on research (both at UG and PG levels), publishing papers in reputed journals, having academic flexibility which supports student mobility, and partnering with reputed universities and applying for joint-project funds.

Careers360: What is your message to young engineering education aspirants?
Dr. Prabhu: Being fresh and being full of ideas, the young engineering aspirants should be creative in their outlook and come up with innovative solutions. They should also have strong conviction to achieve true success.

 

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