Indian Universities Fail In Providing 21st Century Skills

Traditional University education still focuses on age old information and knowledge which are irrelevant in the 21st century.

Engineering students are still tested on information which has no use in this technology driven era.

Traditional Universities give importance to theoretical knowledge rather than pushing their students and giving them academic credits for practical industry experiences.

Online courses are receiving it’s due importance and credit around the world especially in India.

A new Online Courses Education Policy has been drafted by the Kasturirangan Committee. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) under the government’s SWAYAM initiative have the tremendous potential to make higher education accessible to India’s youth, that forms more than 50% of our population.

MOOCs allow the ease of customising education.

MOOC let the students decide how many courses they can fit into their schedules, and even more importantly, they only pay for the courses they take.MOOCs are not limited to ivy-league schools, or even to schools in general, and attendance is open to all.

New Technologies

Technologies such as data analytics, machine learning, user experience designs and artificial intelligence have actually become a part of our lives. But they have not become a part of our education system yet.

Lack of Vision

Traditional university education focuses on merit, grades and bookish knowledge. Whereas the need of the hour is to focus on reasoning, questioning and analysing skills.

Institutions should have proper mentorship and guidance programs to train their students for industry specific skills

Learning Platforms

It is now possible to download apps that turn complicated subjects into fun learning experiences. These learning platforms squeeze lessons in everything from rhymes to coding into ten-minute talks or even quantify various non-curriculum activities as work-related training.

Applications and programmes such as Coursera, Udemy, Lynda, Alison, Bright storm, Howcast, Code Academy, TED, Big think, Open education Consortium and Edx, among others, are the leading market players in the world.In India we have big players like Simplilearn,Upgrad , Edureka etc.

These websites and programmes have a wide range of courses, technologies and career options for the learners to choose from.

Upskilling is a necessity rather than a choice because the future is digital, and anyone whose skills are outdated, will be left behind.

In a survey conducted by Deloitte, the results showcased that 75 percent of school-going children wanted to learn outside the classroom. They preferred smartphones, tablets and personal computers to learn, rather than traditional methods.

Are engineering students of our country employable ?

For the last 3 decades, India has been a land of engineers.

We having engineering colleges and engineering graduates at every nook and cornor of the country.

But the real challenge is to impart industry specific skills to them.

Tech giant like infosys run their own skill training centres to bridge the gap between the supply of the engineering colleges and demand of the service industry.

In total india has around 6,300 technical institutions which are approved by AICTE. But the question that most employers till face is: Are these engineers prepared for future challenges?