Pune: Tata Technologies, a leading global provider of engineering services and manufacturing enterprise IT, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with eight colleges in Aurangabad to offer its flagship ‘Ready Engineer’ Program for students. The initiative aims to bridge the industry-academia gap and make engineering students workforce-ready by providing them with real-word, hands-on exposure to technology.
According to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) India Skills Report 2018, 1.5 million engineers graduate every year, but only 52% are employable. The report also highlights the fact that engineering courses which are linked with industry or corporate through internship or training usually score high on employability as compared to others.
To address the skill gap, Tata Technologies’ ‘Ready Engineer’ program identifies mechanical engineering students from colleges to be part of this unique training. The program imparts application-based training by industry experts, in the Design Engineering domain and Computer-aided Design (CAD) tools, hosted on Tata Technologies’ learning tool i GET IT®.
The MoU with the eight colleges in Aurangabad is significant as it is the first time that the ‘Ready Engineer’ program has been initiated at the Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad. The program too has undergone changes as it now consists of technical domain training, soft skill training, employability assessment and National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) courses to meet the future opportunities of Industry 4.0.
The eight colleges from Aurangabad that have partnered with Tata Technologies are:
1. Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad
2. Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College
3. Chatrapati Shahu College of Engineering
4. Deogiri Institute of Engineering & Management Studies
5. Maharashtra Institute of Technology
6. Marathwada Institute of Technology
7. PES College of Engineering
8. Shreeyash College of Engineering & Technology
Speaking on the occasion, Warren Harris, MD & CEO Tata Technologies, said, “Tata Technologies’ flagship Ready Engineer program is a journey that we have undertaken towards bridging the industry-academia gap. Our core focus is on providing students with hands-on experiential training to make them job-ready. We wish to help create a sustainable educational ecosystem through this initiative. The inauguration of our Aurangabad cluster takes us one step closer towards our goal of equipping all Indian engineering students with the skills required for sustained professional success.”
Anubhav Kapoor, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Tata Technologies who heads the Corporate Sustainability and CSR initiatives, said, “India is about to experience a demographic dividend in few years, as more than 12 million youth are expected each year to enter India’s labor force over the next two decades. With our ‘Ready Engineer’ program, we aim to fill this skill gap and address industry demand by producing future-ready engineers.”
He further added, “Our module has been updated as per industry trends and will focus on personality & employability enhancement, soft skills, technical concepts through domain and NPTEL. This will help Ready Engineer students to improve their fundamental and practical knowledge along with personality development.”
Speaking on this association, Dr. Pranesh Murnal, Principal, Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad, said, “The launch of Tata Technologies’ ‘Ready Engineer’ program in Marathwada will definitely enhance the employability index of mechanical engineering students from this region. It will also benefit the knowledge and skill of faculty members and motivate them to establish an effective link with the industry, which, in turn, will also benefit the students. I extend my gratitude to the Tata Technologies team for this initiative.”
NPTEL, KRACKIN and Aspiring Minds have been selected as the implementation partners for this program. NPTEL provides e-learning through digital and video courses in engineering, the sciences, technology, management and humanities. It is a joint initiative by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. KRACKIN, a startup based out of the NASSCOM 10000 Startup warehouse in Bengaluru, is a platform to help improve the industry-readiness of engineering students with timely industry interventions through their web and mobile platforms. Aspiring Minds, a talent assessment organization, helps to enhance soft skill and personality development through credible assessments and training.