Read our article about the Higher Education in India in the light of maintaining Quality in the curriculum through the collaboration of Academics and Industry in an exclusive article by Dr Vinay Kandpal
Professional colleges are the feeders of professional people with the required competencies for the business organizations. Managerial and technical people need various competencies in order to effectively diagnose, understand, explain & act appropriately, based on what is happening around them in their jobs. The purpose of professional education is to equip the students with necessary skills that would help them to face real business situations in their career.
To make the students highly professional, institute and industry partnership plays a very important role. The responsibility of developing well qualified professional lies with both the academics and the industry. This responsibility can be fulfilled through strong linkage between academics and industry. Both academics and industry should take the various steps forward to make the students professional and of the attitude of always and continuous learning.
Most people in India do not have the vision to think beyond their surroundings. This is the root of the real problem. The professional education system is an old age in India, which needs to be modified according to the latest developments and requirements of the society.
Do’s for Institutes offering Professional Courses:
- Infrastructure has a meaning in professional education. Of course, world-class universities with world-class libraries, laboratories and classrooms, make a world-class infrastructure for professional education. So there is a great need of not only modifying the professional education system but also modernizing the way of education.
- The professional education should encourage the creativity and innovation. The education is not only studying the contents in the classroom but also to create something new, which can provide good opportunities for everyone i.e, research and innovations at all levels.
- Today’s professional institutes are playing a very important role in making the students highly professional. The professionals’ competencies are the ‘basic – skills’ of every professional and are part of the capabilities or assets of a firm. These skills allow the organization to transform its range of various assets into organizational competencies and thereby improve performance. Thus many professional institutes and the government agencies are moving towards these competencies based systems in order to meet the challenges posed by the ever-changing global competitive environment.
- Every professional educational institute should be concerned for the growth of the students. For attaining this, the professional institute should have the following objectives:
- To bring the industry closer to the academic and fundamental concepts.
- To make the curriculum, particularly the technical courses more relevant to the industry and the ultimate user.
- To generate resources in the form of industry-sponsored projects & consultancy programs.
- To organize the placement programs and meets in the Institute for the passing out graduates.
- In professional institutes, there should be a good combination of theoretical & practical knowledge. Faculty of the professional institutes should impart the theoretical knowledge in practical aspects.
Do’s for Industry:
- At the time of summer training, industry people should guide the trainee in a proper manner to complete the projects. They should make him aware of the company’s work environment. Summer training helps the student to know about the company’s infrastructure, work procedure, company’s products and policies etc.
- The industry should provide an opportunity to the students by assigning stipendiary short-term projects. These stipendiary short-term projects motivate the students to do something extra. These projects help the students to know how to apply the theoretical concepts in practical aspects.