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SURATHKAL: Startups, skilled labour, state-of-art labs, and updated curriculum in technical institutions are the main focal areas that aid in achieving Make in India campaign, launched by union government. On Saturday, bigwigs from prominent NITs, industrialists and policy makers brainstormed on how technical institution can contribute to success of ‘Make in India’ brain child of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during workshop on ‘Mission Make in India: Synergy with Technical Education System’. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE, New Delhi felt that ‘jugaad’ should be given a proper shape and it will do wonders. As an exposure, all the engineering graduates should be sent to rural areas. “Once they are exposed, they can think of some project that can enhance quality life in these backward areas. Country can grow only when villages are shaped,” he added.

Expressing concern over lack of facilities in the current education labs, he asked institution heads to upgrade and also keep it open 24×7. “The lab usage time is very much limited. Allow a student to burn his midnight oil in the lab, you will see best outcome,” he said adding there is education in innovation and vice-versa. According to K P Issac, vice-chancellor, A PJ Abdul Kalam Technological University revealed that only 5 percent of graduates get into entrepreneurship rest either opt for higher studies, research and development, finance and government jobs. “It is high time for India to act a leader to entire world, adopt global changes and create something of our own,” he stressed.  Issac pointed that 47% of India’s population is below 24 years, By 2020, India is becoming world’s largest English speaking country, becoming the world’s largest IT producers and ranks second in world economy. “Having all this criteria, lacunae is that our education system is not making a student industry ready. We need a new education model that bridges all this gaps,” he felt.

Most technical institution labs still have foundry, lathe and carpentry for gaining knowledge. “Ironically, none of these labs are used in any manufacturing units. It is time to adopt fab labs, which enables one to become skilled candidate,” he suggested. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make ‘almost anything’.  To achieve ‘Make in India’ dream, Issac said colleges must stop teaching instead focus on project based learning, experiential learning that includes theory. “Entrepreneurship is only keys to success of Make in India,” he stressed. Health care, education, communication, transportation are the main area to focus on, he said.- Courtesy


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