PurpleLeap – Siemens Chairman’s Conclave: Industry, academia agree on need for better technical talent in engineering services

Industry stalwarts and academicians meet to discuss gap between industry-favoured skills and available talent; discuss scope for careers after PLM specialization  

  • The Conclave brought together leading names from the industry and heads of various engineering institutes
  • The gathering discussed steps to be taken to address the huge demand for technical talent in the engineering services industry and what should be done to provide meaningful careers to technical graduates.
  • “Industry expects freshers to be hands-on, be able to take on tasks from day one. Institutions need to focus on equipping students with knowledge of processes and applications, which will result in easier induction and deployment to tasks”, says Ravi Janorkar, GM, PLM Solutions, Tata Group.

Pune, July 2011:  PurpleLeap, pioneers in entry level talent management, in association with Siemens, organised Chairman’s Conclave, which brought together leading luminaries from the corporate world and heads of engineering education to deliberate upon industry’s expectation from engineering education and the challenges in making it more relevant to the industry. The conclave highlighted key areas in which corporate expectations are at crossroads with technical education in India. Speakers who participated in the panel discussions explored plausible solutions that could go some way in aligning technical education with corporate expectations.

Mr. G V S Bhaskar Prasad, Senior Director, Business Consulting & Strategy – Infrastructure and Education, Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd, Dr. K.A. Padmanabhan, Research Advisor to TCS and former Director IIT, Mr. Satheesh Kurup, Director – Volume Business, Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd, Mr. Mangesh Kale, Managing Director, PARI Robotics India Ltd, Mr. S. Vishwanathan, GM – R&D, Bajaj Auto Ltd, Mr. Ravi Janorkar – GM – PLM Solutions, Tata Group and Mr. Amit Bansal, CEO, PurpleLeap participated in the conclave.

Dr. K.A. Padmanabhan, Research Advisor to TCS and former Director IIT, during his keynote address, set the tone of the conclave by touching upon key issues in skill development and improvement with a focus on industrial design. He spoke about various themes that could bring about a transformation in the way technical education is delivered today.

Mr. Mangesh Kale, Managing Director, PARI Robotics India Ltd, said that companies in the 21st century look forward to innovative technologies, deployable talent and look forward to get quick returns from their investments. He added that channelizing creativity are significant challenges faced by the Indian engineering community. He pointed to modules such as product lifecycle management (PLM) that positively help engineering businesses by reducing time for marketing, increasing productivity and help in having a process oriented approach.

Mr. S. Vishwanathan, GM – R&D, Bajaj Auto Ltd spoke about how PLM is being used as a software in their factories to develop motor vehicles and said that training fresh engineering graduates to a program like PLM would help them be future ready.

Mr. Ravi Janorkar, GM, PLM Solutions, Tata Group, said that Industry expects freshers to be hands on, be able to take on tasks from day one. Institutions need to focus on equipping students with knowledge of processes and applications, which will result in easier induction and deployment to tasks. He spoke about how specialized programs like PLM could open up new avenues for engineering students and provide new areas in which they could pursue their careers.

 

Speaking on the PurpleLeap edge, Mr. Amit Bansal, CEO, PurpleLeap, said “We have recognized the need for trained PLM candidates in the engineering business. With the goal of creating more job deployable talent we have tied up with industry leaders like Siemens, to take their PLM software to thousands of engineering graduates across India. We are glad that the Chairman’s Conclave has been successful in bringing to light the opinions of all stakeholders and has again emphasised the need for industry-relevant training and deployable talent in the technical engineering services sector.”

The Conclave concluded with the respective stakeholders agreeing upon the need for a paradigm shift in engineering education. More than 50 heads of engineering institutes from all across the state participated in the Conclave.

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