The Visvesvaraya Technological University, commonly known as VTU, has asked all the engineering colleges affiliated to it to allocate an exclusive space that will be used for setting up ‘industry hubs’ in their respective campuses. These centres or hubs will serve as an inter-link between students and industry-related projects or works that can be taken up by the students across all streams. Being one of the top engineering colleges of Karnataka, VTU constantly keeps undertaking new projects to upgrade the quality of education delivered to students. It strives to provide better job opportunities for B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) students.
VTU has set 23rd September 2019 as the deadline for all the affiliated engineering colleges to confirm their plan of action in this regard. The university revealed that Ray Technologies and Business Solutions have submitted a proposal for establishing these ‘Industry Hubs’ at the colleges. Ray Technologies and Business Solutions are the providers of various Information Technology (IT) Solutions.
The Registrar of VTU spoke on the matter and said that Ray Technologies have offered to provide hands-on experience to all students by bringing experts from the industry to campus as well as by providing internship opportunities, soft skill training, project work assistance, placements, etc. to the engineering students belonging to all streams.
With the idea of assisting students and making them job-ready, the Visvesvaraya Technological University has asked all of its affiliated colleges to provide a separate space for starting the hub. The officials of the varsity have said that this step and the activities that will be undertaken by this initiative will help in bridging the gap between academics and the industry. The university has also given directions to all the colleges for starting such hubs and centres in their premises so that students get a space to learn the professional aspect of the course and the rate of employability of these engineering students witnesses a surge.
A professor of a private engineering college said that several such hubs have already been established in many colleges and students are already engaging in various activities for the growth of their skills and personality development. He said that the major problem that arises is the lack of proper guidance for a specific field. Some colleges have a scarcity of experts and tutors in certain required fields for providing guidance to students.
Apart from the lack of experts and faculty for providing proper assistance to students, a few colleges have also cited budget as an important factor for such hubs. They said that establishing an ‘Industry Hub’ of this kind requires substantial budget which can be managed only after the college has a handful of students that come forward and enrol for such programmes.
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Creating industry hubs and centres for maintaining a link between academia and the job market can prove to be quite beneficial for the students and eventually for the colleges as well. If the students are given training and knowledge beforehand, they will find it easier to ace placements and accommodate to the professional life. Such ventures also enhance the chances of employability and ensure that students have the necessary skills for the industry he/ she wishes to work in.