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Two Coimbatore-based engineering institutes along with a Pune-based engineering college have emerged winners of the first-ever survey of Industry –linked Engineering Institutes undertaken jointly by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) this year.
The results of the survey were announced at the Fourth Global Higher Education Summit of CII held here on Thursday. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr Shashi Tharoor, gave away the awards to the winners on this occasion along with AICTE Chairman Dr SS Mantha.
The objective of the survey was to showcase best practices of industry partnerships across AICTE approved engineering institutes in six basic streams viz chemical, civil, computer and IT, electrical, electronics & communication and mechanical engineering. In total, 156 AICTE approved engineering institutes, which have completed 10 years have participated in the voluntary survey.
In the overall best industry-linked engineering institutes category, the Diamond award was won by PSG College of Technology, Gold award by College of Engineering, Pune, and Silver award by Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. The best college award in Mechanical Engineering also went to PSG College and the best faculty award for outstanding contribution to industry was won by Prof Mohanram PV of PSG College.
Top corporates including Tata Chemicals, Mindlogicx Infratec, Infosys, Hi-Tech Gears, Forbes Marshall, and Elico joined hands to give awards to engineering institutes in recognition of their strong linkages with industry. The entire exercise involved a highly detailed and complex survey of industry linkages of engineering colleges in which objective scores generated by the AICTE web portal, with the data gathered from the online survey, were evaluated by a high-level jury.
To keep the bar high, a minimum threshold of 60 per cent objective scores was set for institutes to qualify for a shortlisting. The shortlisted institutes were actually visited by a team comprising AICTE and CII representatives and their feedback was analyzed to arrive at the final winners.
Giving the background to the survey, Dr Mantha said, “The evaluation process and the methodology followed for this survey was as per best industry standards anywhere in the world.” The scope of the survey will henceforth be increased and many more disciplines and streams will be covered under it, he added.
A detailed report of the survey was also released at the summit which presents case-studies of the top three winners and shows how, despite the overall lackluster performance of institutes on their industry linkages, there are some who have been able to get it right.
Mr P Rajendran, Chairman of CII National Higher Education Committee explained the rationale for conducting the AICTE-CII survey and said that considerable efforts are underway in enhancing the employability of the students passing out from the engineering institutes.
Prof Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University, Australia and Mr Dhiraj Mathur, Executive Director, PwC, India shared their perceptions on the summit theme.