Practical knowledge through value-added courses

Some colleges in Coimbatore have turned towards external organisations to augment the practical education of engineering students. The programmes of these organisations / companies are offered as value-added courses spread over a semester. This is catching up in a large way for robotics, embedded systems, .Net, Oracle, etc.

According to a study, the emerging robotics and embedded systems industry in India is now seeing wide applications in various fields, such as defence, automobiles, security, medical and nano-technology. With corporate and Information Technology majors looking at hiring students from tier-2 and tier-3 cities, it is estimated that only less than 5 per cent of students in India are able to make a career in the above mentioned areas. This is because of the lack of practical orientation the university syllabus provides the students with.

But college faculty say, thanks to talent management organisations like PurpleLeap, students are able to get hands-on training on what they learn from the textbooks. PurpleLeap has tied up with a few colleges in Tamil Nadu to offer practical courses (60 hours each) for engineering students as a value-addition. Students are tutored by representatives from the organisation, assessed by it, and also certified according to their performance.

Suresh Seetharaman, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), Kalaignar Karunanidhi Institute of Technology, says the organisation offers value-added courses for the fifth, sixth, and seventh semester students pursuing IT, EEE, and Electronics and Communication Engineering.

“Two trainers from PurpleLeap handle each session, which includes theory and practical. The infrastructure of the college is used with slight modification to include certain software that they require. The college has been offering these courses since 2009 and it has done a lot of good to the students. Even during placements, such value-added courses are an added attraction,” he says.

Kalaivani College of Technology has subscribed to the Robologics course. This 100-hour programme is offered over two semesters to the mechanical stream students.

“Mechanical engineering students have a paper in robotics. The robologics course provides a route map to the students as to how a machine is made, how to manufacture machines for human needs, etc. The assembling of motor for machines making robots is also taught. The practical aspect is very useful to the students,” says Sajith Surendran, Training and Placement Head, of the college.

According to Amit Bansal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PurpleLeap, the organisation is offering courses to the students with the aim of bridging the skill gap and making entry level talent readily deployable.

Source: The Hindu

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