Trivandrum: Setting up of Industry – Institute Interaction Cells, joint research programmes by industry and academia, industrial sabbaticals and assignments for faculty, formalised communication skills courses for students and mandatory industrial projects / visits were some of the recommendations made at a workshop on industry academia linkages organised by the Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) and the Asian School of Business (ASB) in Trivandrum.
Prof. S. Rajeev, Director, ASB & Chairman, KSHEC Committee on Institutions – Industry Linkage, pointed out that the purpose of the workshop was to identify ways and means of enhancing reciprocal ties between academia and industry. “This is the first in a series of workshops planned to forge and enhance linkages between industry and academia. It also aims at creating a group of people who can contribute to this exercise on an ongoing basis,” he said.
Binu Jacob, CEO, Experion Technologies (Technopark, Trivandrum) talked about the enhanced expectations from an IT professional in the backdrop of globally changing milieu of the IT-sector. “The demand from the industry now is for best quality resources that can compete in the global market, at very low prices”. He also implored the academia to create an appetite for excellence and foster intrinsic values among students.
Gautam Shankar, CEO, GES Infotek (Technopark) spoke about the difficulties in getting technically sound candidates. Referring to salary structures in the IT industry, he said, “Over the years, salaries in the US and Japan have remained constant, forcing industry here to reduce human resources. All the same, productivity has not gone up.” On an audience query on the willingness of the industry to support student projects, he said, “If the project provides value to us; we can attract resources.”
Rejin Narayanan, CEO, Ingen Robotics said many students do not have adequate knowledge of programming and cannot confidently write computer programmes. Students lack proper understanding of engineering basics.
Presenting the viewpoint of academia, Dr. S Jayakumar, Professor (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Trivandrum described the objectives, road-blocks and the phases of industry – institute interaction.
Dr. Biji James, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Commerce, Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, emphasised the need for conducting short-term courses in colleges to enable the students become employable.
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