As in papers we all could proudly say that we are engineers, but think deeply whether our knowledge as an engineer is enough? Do we have a good education both technically and morally?
India has the greatest strength called “Human Resource”, still education system is poor .After completing 12th or inter, how many of us opted engineering with passion? we have this excuse like” we have concentrated too hard to get more marks in public exams to enter good college”,so we did not had time to think what is after scoring marks .when we enter engineering ,again this marks system continues (even grades) ,if you ask me its teachers’ responsibility to educate students about what is engineering and they should spend some time for motivating students about what an engineer possibly could do .It is often we came to hear from an educationalist and celebrities that Indian educational system helps to produce clerks not leaders .What irritates me so much is that a guy who is a civil engineering graduate and with expertise technical knowledge opts software company .Again in software company, we work as clerks ,and in core companies only IIT people get opportunities to work in design fields and most of the industries completely rely on readymade design from other foreign countries mainly China , Japan etc. It is production that improves country’s economy, with all this human resource and 550000 engineers per year why we should still depend on foreign designs?.They say that only 25% of engineering graduates are readily employable in IT companies so we struggle there too. we have more than 2500 engineering colleges but only 100 to 200 colleges providing good education .Out of this big number, only 50% gets a job and 22% struggle for more than two years for job and finally end up BPO. This is the current situation, but still if you ask the parents what your son should be in life? They will say mechanical or electrical engineer .And where he should work? Obviously IT company. We should at least come to know what is engineering and our role as engineer in our third year of college and about education in final year atleast ,so that we could shine wherever we go both technically and personally.
Here is some suggestions to improve our engineering education system
1. Improve elementary and secondary school education to provide the background students will need to succeed in engineering school. This should include offering classes that begin to develop engineering skills at a early point. It should also include various levels of classes to allow students who show exceptional aptitude to get the training to help them achieve their full potential.
2. Having a wide breadth of education is important, and I believe most engineering programs already require this. However, great improvements may be made by improving the quality and relevance of these courses. Focusing on the key areas where one would need to be educated to understand and make good decisions (history, philosophy, economics) and be well-rounded (art, literature, music) would better train future engineers.
3. Engineering, being a very practical field, requires experience and exposure to the “real world” to be fully capable and successful. Integrating work experiences with education is key to training good engineers who can both “hit the ground running” when they start to work and appreciate and get the most out of their education while they are still in school.
4. If more engineers will be needed, and there is concern that the required numbers will not be able to make it through the current curriculum, it may be best to develop and offer a parallel curriculum that would be less intense. This would obviously not match the training the engineers who complete the standard curriculum would get, but it may allow those who could not complete the regular curriculum to enter the engineering field.
5. Part of the engineering curriculum should be adjusted to better prepare students for what they will encounter in their work. Statistics, problem solving, safety and basic business acumen are areas in which every engineer should be knowledgeable.
6. Public relations is important, and helping to teach people about the value of engineering, the roles that engineers play in our world and the opportunities that exist for engineers may help many to be inspired to become engineers. While it is clear that the current state of engineering education could use some adjustments, we need to be careful that we do it in a way that actually improves it. Taking measures that sound good on paper but nearly compromise the educational standards may just be taking the easy way out.
We need to drive to be better, and find ways to help others meet higher standards. It sounds tough, but tough problems are where engineers shine. Let’s make sure we do so in our education and training as well.