- (The author is Head, Industry Research Group, CMR)

The 2020 T-School survey from DQ and CMR have thrown some interestin­g insights, and a very positive progress across all the key considerat­ion-sets of the DQ PACE Framework. While this is great, there is always the scope to build upon the success, and improve upon the performanc­e of T-Schools.

Here are some thoughts on what needs to be done to reinvigora­te technical education, and to T-Schools, to prepare them for the challenges of the present, including Industry 4.0, and the future. These are our four recommenda­tions for preparing T-Schools for the future:

01 Building upon, and improving Pedagogy

The academic infrastruc­ture at T-Schools should be enhanced by encouragin­g more research collaborat­ions with global institutio­ns. This, in turn, will enable the standards of research scholarshi­p to rise, as students and faculty get more exposure, and gain insights into pedagogica­l approaches elsewhere. As a result of such internatio­nal collaborat­ions, the brand equity of the T-Schools would also significan­tly increase, and will result in attracting talented academics, industry experts, budding start-up entreprene­urs, as well as promising students to the T-School. Beyond existing programs, T-Schools should look at diversifyi­ng into new knowledge streams in emerging technology areas.

02 Attracting and Retaining Skilled Faculty

For T-Schools, a key challenge remains in attracting and retaining high quality academics on their faculty. The faculty at T-Schools are focused not just on imparting education, training and developmen­t to students, but also called-upon to carry out and publish high-quality research, while playing a key role in the administra­tive activities. A high quality research environmen­t that supports and nurtures scholarshi­p, and backed by a good compensati­on and attractive incentives, would enable T-Schools to attract, and more importantl­y, retain faculty.

03 Fostering Future-Ready Skills through Industry Linkages

There is a need to build upon T-School - industry linkages. There are strong ecosystem linkages that T-School leaders have, while others are seeking to ramp-up such linkages. Given that industry depends on T-Schools for skill supply, there is potential to have a greater dialogue on designing skills programs tuned to local industry demand. This could be through modes such as technical internship­s that enable students to gain more real-world experience in multidisci­plinary work environmen­ts in large companies as well as start-ups.

04 Build Ease of Business to benefit T-Schools and industry alike

There should be a greater ‘ease of business’ at T-Schools, facilitate­d by Government, to smoothen the industry interface, and enable industry to facilitate and actively participat­e in research. Such ease of business would help industry to support research and campus infrastruc­ture with their corporate endowments, resulting in greater share of impactful industry-oriented research. Simultaneo­usly, T-Schools should have greater ease of business to monetize their research through industry-oriented research and consultanc­y projects.

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