Sinhgad Engineering Institutes: Nurturing Skilled Technocrats

Rachana NavaleNew measures in education help the students at Sinhgad Engineering Institutes to rehash their skills according to latest industry trends, says Rachana Navale- Ashtekar, Vice President (Admin), Sinhgad Technical Education Society, in an interview with Elets News Network (ENN).

What are the new ways of teaching incorporated in your institute?

The Audio-Visual content under “K-point Programme” help students to ease the learning process and refresh the same during the exam as per the curriculum. Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test (AMCAT) is conducted twice a year to know strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of each student. In order to develop quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning, training as well as online tests are conducted every semester. Along with students, development of faculty members is also essential. Teacher Advancement Programme (TAP), Train the Trainer (TTT) Programme and faculty development programmes at Singhad Institutes are conducted to bring uniformity in the teaching process.

What measures does your institute take to keep students updated about upcoming technology?
At Sinhgad Institutes, measures are taken to make students aware about the latest technologies. Few of them are:

EdX programme:
An online learning platform founded by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to nurture students’ interests and to acquire relevant technical skills.

IIT Bombay (IITB) Spoken Tutorials: The IITB Tutorials Project is about teaching and learning open source software.

Microsoft Certification: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with Advanced Training Institutes (ATS), New Delhi to conduct Microsoft certification program (.net) for enhancing competency skill among students.

Thermax Graduate Programme: The programme provides theory and practical s kills i n s pecific a reas o f M echanical Engineering to the graduate trainees selected by Thermax Limited.

Intel Intelligent Lab: This laboratory facility enables students for technological inventions that are compatible with Intel’s architecture-based devices in the Internet of Things (IoT).

VIDIA CUDA Teaching Centre: The centre facilitates institute’s students to attend webinars on CUDA related programming from experts in various fields.

HP Summer Training Programme: HP Ltd conducts summer training programme for undergraduates in the areas of programming techniques, network management and security, embedded and robotics.

IN-HOUSE MEASURES Memorandum of Understanding (MoU): The institute has signed MoU with local companies, MNCs and foreign universities to allow our students to attend internships/short term courses.

Industry Institute Interaction Cell (IIIC): IIIC in each department conducts expert lectures on latest technology, offers industrial visits, internships (of four week duration) to students.

How do you view innovative pedagogy in the field of technical education?
Innovative Pedagogy in technical education is all about exploring and thus developing the tools that can be used by the teacher to transmit knowledge and skills to students effectively. In the Indian context, where student diversity is very dynamic, it is important to meet the needs of all the students.

Do most of the Indian B Tech students readily opt for the first jobopportunity during placements?

In most of the renowned, well established institutions, around 70 per cent of students readily opt for the first job opportunity. Out of this, 50 per cent of the students find recruitment and the remaining 20 per cent, who are not job ready, apply for certain finish school courses to make themselves job ready.

Do you think traditional engineering discipline is being eclipsed by the emerging ones?

Students today are faced with a time that has made it necessary for a non-traditional set of capabilities to aid the evolution of their careers.

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