Panel Discussion by National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research
15th November, 2016
A Panel Discussion was organized by National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research, Chandigarh (NITTTR) on “Emerging trends of Strategies for Enhancing Employability of Graduates from Technical Institutions” on 15th November 2016. Ms. Reva Nagi, Assistant Professor, ECE Department along with 13 students from CSE department, of Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon attended the Panel Discussion.
National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh was established in 1965 as Technical Teachers' Training Institute (TTTI), Chandigarh by the Dept. of Education, MHRD, Govt. of India as fully centrally funded autonomous institutions for providing pre & in-service training to the teachers and staff of Degree and Diploma level training institutions and also for conducting various activities related to quality improvement of the technical education system of the country.
The topic of the discussion was considering the fact, only about 17% of graduate students are employable. Different factors were discussed which play a pivotal role in un-employability, such as the inability of the students to apply the concepts they have learnt, location of the institution, lack of technical as well as generic skills etc. The discussion witnessed various strategies could be employed to enhance the employability among graduates.
NITTR, over a span of 15 days, surveyed 5 colleges covering 1400 students and came up with the fact that 67% of the students agreed their institutions are organizing personality development programs, 68% of students agreed co-curricular activities are developed holistically, 61% agreed that mock interviews are organized and 75% assured the campus placements are held at the institutions every year and around 67% students get selected for the same. But despite the fact institutions organize campus placements every year, the industries state the students lack basic technical knowledge and are poor in generic skills.
There was a group of distinguished panelists for the discussion: Dr. M.P. Poonia (Director, NITTTR, Chandigarh), Mr. Arvind Dixit (Chief Executive Officer and Director for AdvanceTech India Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Parmod Misra (Head HR, Simplex Infrastructure Ltd.), Dr. Varinder Singh Kanwar (former Director of NICMAR, Delhi), Mr. Arijinder Singh (member of industrial advisory for many institutions). Delegates from 12 colleges of different parts of the country, actively participated in the panel discussion.
Keeping the above survey in mind and based on the reports of various organizations, the discussion was held on various strategies that can be employed to fill the void. It was observed if students chose their discipline according to their interest and not on the basis of recent trends, they would be able to put sincere efforts into the learning process. There is also a requirement of updating the faculty with the recent technology. Students should be involved into various technical workshops and internships. The educators need to explicitly articulate the employability skills in the learning outcomes for the subjects that they teach. There is a need to design authentic assessment activities, aligned with industry practices, standards and approaches so that the students well understand the industry working environment. Not only the students should focus on the technical part of their grooming but they should also involve themselves in various co-curricular activities such as clubs, student societies etc. which would help them in developing the required generic skills.
Apart from the role of educators and graduates themselves, there is a need for the companies to collaborate with institutions so they can groom the students according to their requirements. Pool campus placements should be encouraged so that even students of tier 2 and tier 3 colleges can get equal opportunities. Emphasis should be laid on practical training rather than theoretical assessments.
Ms. Reva Nagi, also expressed her views and provided relevant suggestions for the same. At the end of the discussion, a question-answer session was held, in which the panelists interacted with the participating colleges and institutions.
It was a great opportunity to hear all the panelists and delegates and witness DCE college as one among the twelve Network Centers for the panel discussion.