Soon, Stan­ford ‘qual­ity check’ for desi en­gi­neers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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