Dr J B Dafedar, Principal, Orchid College of Engineering & Technology, talks about the role the institute plays in building a better future for the students
Engineering is amongst the few professions, where creativity and innovation in mind, the institute has been instrumental in effectively imparting job-focused education. The institute constantly works on some major aspects like job-oriented short term courses, industry interaction, soft skills, academics, etc.Institutes across the world are coming up with new ways of imparting education. How are you bringing innovation in pedagogy at your institute?
Job-oriented short term courses have been started to meet the industry requirements and make the students industry-ready. The college has also floated various in-house co-curricular technical courses such as Catia in mechanical engineering, ETABS and MS Project in civil engineering, android programming in computer science and engineering, Advance JAVA for electronics and telecommunication engineering.The institute also conducts industryinstitute interactions and technical symposiums regularly to keep the students apprised of the latest industry happenings. To imbibe corporate culture, the institute has introduced soft skills as a subject and students undergo the training to match the professional needs of industry.
Job-oriented short term courses have been started to meet the industry requirements and make the students industry-ready
Students complain that most engineering institutes impart theoretical knowledge rather than giving practical assignments. Has the trend changed in recent past?
It is true that the engineering institutes pay more attention towards theoretical knowledge than practical learning. However, it has been noticed that the industries are taking initiative in this regard and are giving practical assignments to the students as per industry needs. The colleges are also trying to become a centre of excellence in certain areas for the industry. However, the pace
is very slow and requires momentum.
What is the importance of an incubation centre and tell us about your plans to install one?
Recognising the importance of incubation centre, many national level institutions like IIT, etc have already taken initiativesto nurture talent with the help of incubation centres.
The incubation centres provide a host of services to new enterprises and facilitate networking. The students can turn their plans into reality through the incubation centre. The institute has entrepreneurship development cell through which students are encouraged and made aware of the various possibilities of exploration in engineering. Through entrepreneurship development cell, the college has organised many workshops.
How has been your college’s placement in recent years? Do you think there is sufficient demand in the industry for the engineering graduates?
There is a good demand in the industry for the skilled engineers. Every year from our institute, 60 to 70 percent students
are placed in the industry through the college placement programme. To inculcate the industrial skill set, the college trains students from the second year. The basic branches such as civil, electrical and mechanical are in good demand.
What is your expectation from the next government?
The institute expects that the government will encourage research through funding for resolving local problems so that the students, faculty members and the society at large are benefited.
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