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The changing face of engineering education

Every now and then, the society undergoes a sea change. In today’s world, one requires a greater insight and knack to avoid repeating mistakes – although committing new mistakes is welcomed as they give an opportunity to learn. As per a proverbial theoretical physicist, Julius Robert Oppenheimer, both technology and science share an apparent symbiotic relation; such a relation has given birth to a concept known as technology. The aim of future engineering is to mix knowledge, skill, experience as well as understanding. As per the engineering experts, energy, telecommunication, power, space and computer will remain the main driving force of technology; whereas, applied science and engineering back up such technology.

The paradigm shift in engineering education    

The skills of tomorrow’s engineers contribute to a nation’s competitiveness – this finding was derived from a study conducted in the US. Currently, the buzzwords in engineering colleges are:-

  • Quality education
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Relevance to the engineering subject

For preparing engineer’s for tomorrow, the colleges have to inculcate the above mentioned buzzwords into their existing pedagogical practices. Most of the Western universities have successfully introduced these buzzwords into their way of teaching.

Why resistance to such a beneficial change in engineering education? 

Despite the advantages, some of the universities, especially in Asia, are being an old guard. A critical impediment in changing the engineering pedagogy is lack of infrastructural development. The infrastructural advancements help in achieving the much sought-after centralized technological solutions and resultantly aid in modifying the overall engineering education sector.  Some other factors that contribute to resistance to change in engineering education are:-

  • Lack of solidarity in forming an engineering team approach
  • The presence of heavy concepts of science in engineering
  • Inability to perform at interfaces present between traditional engineering disciplines
  • Lack of economic policies supporting expenditure on higher technical education

Engineering education in India

Indian engineering curricula needs overhauling. Nowadays, engineering curricula has become a cousin of syllabi of several disciplines of science. While designing the engineering syllabi, the designers seem to be detached from the way engineering is practiced in the real world. While designing the engineering curricula, one needs follow a subject-independent approach to help students focus on multi-faceted real life engineering problems. Research and development must be utilized to the fullest for bringing high-class engineering education. Also, the study of any engineering discipline must include the basic knowledge of business ethics, laws related to intellectual property, decision making, to mention a few.

Such need for change in engineering education has not only been identified but implemented by Dr. K. N. Modi Foundation.  The college is the Top B.Tech College in Delhi-NCR as it offers an engineering degree in diverse specialisations such as Computer Science, Chemical, Civil, Information Technology, Mechanical and Electrical.  Our journey toward being the Top B.Tech College in Uttar Pradesh has been inspiring for many.  The college’s infrastructure comprises state-of-the-art teaching tools, swimming pools, gym areas, etc. The placement records of the college have set new benchmarks of excellence. The foundation of the college is laid on the vision of bringing quality engineering education.

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