The Times of India | Preetu Nair | TNN | April 26, 2016 |
Kochi: What has life skills and economics got to do with studying engineering? A lot, if APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) is to be believed. Waking up to the reality that most of the engineering students in Kerala are not employable as they lack basic communication and managerial skills, from next academic year, life skills, business economics and principles of management are being introduced as compulsory subjects in all the engineering colleges in the state. The subjects will be introduced from the third year and will carry 100 marks each. “The idea behind introducing these courses in the BTech curriculum is to develop communication competence, managerial skills and understanding of the business environment in the students and enable them to convey their thoughts and ideas with clarity and focus,” said KTU pro vice-chancellor M Abdul Rahman.
Currently, of the 20,000 students passing out each year from engineering colleges in the state, only about 15% get campus placements. This is mainly due to poor communication skills and inadequate managerial understanding. KTU has designed the life skills curriculum in such a manner that it helps students develop report writing skills and equip them to face interviews and group discussions. It also inculcates critical thinking process and problem-solving skills in them and help them understand team dynamics and effectiveness. On the other hand, business economics has been introduced to familiarize the students with elementary principles of economics and managerial economics to help them gain managerial decision-making capabilities. The management course has been designed in such a way that it helps develop the student’s ability to critically analyse and evaluate a variety of management practices in the contemporary context. It also helps them mirror existing practices or generate their own innovative management competencies, required for today’s complex and global workplace. “The KTU has taken a welcome step. Till now, it was optional to teach these subjects. Many colleges had ignored them as they didn’t want to bear additional costs,” said Jenty Joy, vice-chairman, Consotium of Technical Institute for Placement Services, Kerala. – Courtesy