The survey was aimed at showcasing the best practices of industry partnerships across the AICTE-approved engineering institutes in six basic streams namely, chemical, civil, computer, information technology, electrical, electronics and communication and mechanical engineering. A total of 156 AICTE-approved engineering institutes, which have completed 10 years or more, had participated in this voluntary survey.

The results of the survey were announced at the fourth global higher education summit of the CII held in New Delhi on November 8. Union minister of state for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor, gave away the awards to the winners in the presence of AICTE chairman S S Mantha.

The CoEP, founded in 1854, ranks among one of the oldest engineering colleges in the country and has to its credit several legendary and high-profile names from the field of engineering and technology, as its alumni.In the race for the overall best industry-linked engineering institutes, the CoEP was pipped by the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, which bagged the 'Diamond award' followed by the 'Gold award' for the CoEP and the 'Silver award' for the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, also from Coimbatore.

The PSG college also bagged the best college award in mechanical engineering while the best faculty award for outstanding contribution went to Mohanram PV of the 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% objective scores was set for institutes to qualify. The shortlisted institutes were visited by a team comprising AICTE and CII representatives and their feedback was analysed to arrive at the final winners.

A senior AICTE official said, "The evaluation process and the methodology of the survey were based on the best industry standards adopted at global level. The AICTE plans to extend the scope of the survey by involving more streams and disciplines in the years ahead."

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.

Source: Times of India