Technical education is the first step on the ladder of success to scientists and inventors of the future. If the country needs to evolve and develop it needs raise standards for technical education at a very basic. What happens when the step on the ladder is weak the whole ladder becomes shaky; you cannot evolve and develop as a country when your very base is weak and shaky. Can you make rocket which reaches the Mars, fire it successfully and watch it reaches its destination, if you cannot find a simple solution to an ordinary technical problem. Therefore, in order to build up a great future for the country one needs to raise the standard of technical education.
The joint director pointed out that many foreign universities are ready to enter the education field in India and the present technical institutes need to do something more than increasing the intake level to attract students to their campuses. The technical institutes presently face various issues and challenges and the need of the hour is to face these challenges and find solutions. It is crucial to have an efficient management at the helm to face these challenges.
The technical director was chairing an event which was organized to look at the present challenges faced by technical education. He highlighted three crucial areas which need to be looked at. First, there is a disproportionate increase in the number of the technical colleges. Secondly, due to this increase in numbers there is a shortage of good teaching staff in these institutes and thirdly, the training facilities are limited.
The quality of the students graduating from the technical institutes is very poor due to acute shortage of good teaching staff and lack of laboratories and equipment. As a result the students graduating are not trained properly. It is not enough to give technical training to a great number of students one needs to see that these students are trained in all aspects of technical education, otherwise their degree will have no value in today's competitive environment. The institutes need to give emphasis on project work, send their students outside the walls of their institutes to face real life situations in the industries. This would help them to learn how to apply theory in real life scenarios. Research is another aspect which is important aspect which helps students to understand and relate the studies done in class rooms effectively.
Another aspect which the director emphasised is development of soft skills training on the campus. Generally when the students pass out from the technical institute they generally have great knowledge of their subject but lack what is called soft skills, like communication, time management, project and cost management and personality development. The director these skills are as important as technical skills and they equip the students to face the competitive marketing environment outside the walls of their technical institutes.
Lastly the director said that though we in India have accreditation agencies we need a uniform standard which is on par with the global accreditation agencies. All these factors are important in raising the level of technical education in the state and country.