Higher Education Needs to Align Itself with Industry

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Deepankar Bhattacharya,
Sr Manager, India Education Programmes, AutoDesk

There is a lot of job opportunities provided the graduate students have the requisite skills sets

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The emerging trends in higher education should be aligned to the broader trends in the industry, because it is in the industry that the  students will look for jobs once they finish their graduation. Just as the industry faces several challenges, our universities also face challenges. These challenges are not aligned to each other, but in an ideal world, they should have been.
The way the students acquire knowledge, the way they learn, the way they communicate in the industry has become digital now. The  digital life is further fuelling the process of globalisation. Globalisation means access to global talents, access to newer products and  services and so on.
Then there is the issue of infrastructure management. Millions and trillions of dollars are being spent in the emerging economies for  creating new infrastructure.
The challenges of globalisation, infrastructure and much else cannot be addressed in a simplistic manner.  There is a need for new ideas and approaches in the education.
In the design sector, we are looking at emerging technologies like building information modelling, digital prototyping, sustainable  design and digitals entertainment creation. So, if we look at the architecture, engineering and construction industry, things like building information modelling is the need of our hour. If we look at the manufacturing industry, digital prototyping is the drift. There  is a vast potential for growth in the animation industry and therefore, massive requirement of talent.

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