S L Agrawal, Executive Director, JECRC Foundation, talks about the role of the institute in overall development of students
Students complain that most engineering institutes pay more attention towards imparting theoretical knowledge rather than giving practical assignments. Has this trend changed in the last few years?Institutes across the world are coming up with new ways of imparting education. How are you bringing innovation in pedagogy at your institute?
JECRC Foundation nurtures the essence of growth in education and its holistic approach focuses on overall development of its students. It is nurturing the talent in its unique way. Our motto is to generate ‘Eduprenures’ from engineers. The training of students starts from the inception. They are classified under Tutor Guardian Protocol. Every student is assigned to one faculty member for coming four years. Students are taught research-based learning skills where the environment plays a crucial role. Each and every student must submit projects in the journey. These projects will imbibe the spirit of innovation in student. The success of this idea can be measured from the fact that our maximum students get funding under student projects from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Yes, this trend has drastically changed during the last few years. Throughout the globe, there is a demand that students should be well suited for industry and this is possible only if the affiliating universities drastically review and revise the syllabus keeping in view, the industry requirements. Our faculty and senior authorities are putting in extra efforts to generate novel methods of teaching so that our students are able to tackle various challenges in industry. Keeping oneself updated is also important for engineering students. Our labs are well equipped with modern tools and technology. Our joint collaborations are also helping us well, while the support system of alumni is also appreciable. Overall, the 85 percent placement is the mirror image of our success in current scenario.
What is the importance of an incubation centre and tell us about your plans to install one?
We have an incubation centre called JU Technology Incubation Centre. It aims to attract students to develop their entrepreneurial skills. The centre encourages students to develop new ideas and innovative products. The centre also mobilises resources for product designing and undertakes feasibility study on commercial ventures for the products. The university has also garnered momentum with venture capitalists in organising funds for such innovative products. Workshops and seminars are conducted to provide exposure in design and development of new products and also to encourageentrepreneurial skills.
How has been your college’s placement in recent years? Do you think there is sufficient demand in the industry for the engineering graduates?
The foundation has set an exemplary placement record with its students being chosen by industry leaders, year after year. It has been hosting the ‘Standalone Recruitment Drives’, where leading business houses participate to test the mettle of the students of JECRC Foundation. Some of the companies that recruit students are IBM, DELL, TCS, Nokia- Siemens Networks, Asia Motor Works, Taj Group, Tata Technologies, Essar Steels, AS2Z Group of Companies, Uttam Galva (Steel), Patni Computers, STG International Inc., LG Electronics, L&T India, Infosys Technologies, Benchmark Broadcasting, Reliance Industries, Tech Mahindra, etc.