Soon, Stanford ‘quality check’ for desi engineers
The government wants to run a quality check on engineering students to sharpen their skills before they graduate.
The human resource development ministry is engaging Stanford University to design a capsule test to measure learning outcomes of engineering students, HT has learnt. The test is likely to be introduced by the end of this year.
HRD officials said the proposed test is the result of feedback about skewed standards of engineering education in the country which produces around 8 lakh students annually from 3000-odd registered technical institutes. Data show that 20 to 30 per cent of them fail to land a decent job due to lack of skills or less demand from the industry.
Depending on the results, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will decide where and how to intervene to improve the standard of students.
HRD officials said the proposed test is meant to ensure that lakhs of engineers who pass out of these institutions are gainfully employed. The test — to be conducted in all engineering institutes — will comprise technical skills in physics, mathematics, and informatics, critical thinking and creativity, and quantitative literacy skills. AICTE will administer the project.