Challenges in Engineering Education in the New Millennium

Sharma, Shalini Kumari and Rodrigues, Lewlyn L R (2009) Challenges in Engineering Education in the New Millennium. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2009, 5 October 2009. (Submitted)

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Attracting and educating students with the right aptitude in engineering in the face of all pervasive distractions is a primary challenge for engineering educators in the new millennium. If only 25% of our engineers are employable, it is a challenge to produce competent graduates with qualities of ingenuity, creativity, business leadership, flexibility, life-long learning ability and industry readiness. Engineering education societies have the responsibility to improve the quality of engineering education globally and provide for continuing professional development of engineers around the world and address the challenges faced by the developing and developed world by strengthening each other. Universities need the vision to guide students to find solutions to existing local, national and global problems to aim at societal development. Added responsibility is to prepare them to partner in rural development by taking advances in technology there. Governments and universities have the challenge of making teaching an attractive proposition for young graduates so that they opt for it joyfully. Teaching is the last choice of engineering graduates with many taking it up as a „stop-gap‟ option. Methodology of teaching has not changed much in our classrooms except for use of electronic aids in teaching. Providing systematic training in the philosophy and methodology of teaching, teaching-learning processes, student psychology and mentoring by senior teachers will provide confidence to a new teacher. Induction training, continuing education in the area of teaching – learning, educational technology, secondment to industry and consultancies taken up by college will enable teacher confidence and comfort. To attract talented faculty and retain them in this period of demand is a challenge. Providing students with industry orientation, is a challenge. Mentoring by alumni, using the electronic media (teleconference, video conference, emails, e –news) will go a long way in preparing an employable engineer. Vacational training under industry guidance will add value. Working on industry assisted projects; with NGOs engaged in development, in research organizations will pave the way for increased competence. Visiting faculty from Industry, regular faculty with industry experience would help colleges to churn out graduates who are capable of coping with the demands of the ambitious industries with a global face.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ©AME2009
Uncontrolled Keywords: Challenge, engineering education, employability
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Humanities and Management
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 10:43

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