In order to fulfill the shortage of skilled graduates in the job market, Bengaluru’s colleges are going to offer new skill oriented disciplines. In a first, Jain University (JU) will offer B.Tech courses specialization in Data Science and Internet of Things (IoT). The two areas are disrupting the way businesses, governments and consumers interact with the world.
“By 2019, it is estimated that there will be 1.5 million jobs in data science and IoT. Only a few institutes offer such a course, because of which there’s a huge skill gap,” said SA Hariprasad, director, JU school of engineering and technology.
A survey conducted by a Bengaluru based university revealed that colleges in the city are turning to new discipline arose due to skill gap that exists among the students of all disciplines including engineering, science and commerce graduates. Understanding the need, institutions like National Law School of India University and Mount Carmel College started master’s programme in public policy and master’s in nano science and technology to bridge the skill gap.
PES University was another first to launch an MSc in applied economics, which will treat economics as science. Centre for Developmental Studies at the university, steered by economist RS Deshpande, is setting up a laboratory same as the science laboratories where students will apply concepts and observe the results. “For example, students will create an imaginary country, prepare a budget and debate it. It’s different from the MSc economics offered at the Madras School of Economics and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research,“ said Deshpande, a former director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change.
Other than science and engineering disciplines, arts discipline has also seen adoption of new course as Christ University started a graduate course (BA) in western classical music along with psychology and English studies. The course is claimed only such course in the country.