1. What Policy changes from the government are required to promote the Engineering Institutes in India?

Looking at the growing demands in technical education sector, Government must establish more higher education technical Institutes in new locations and thus providing more opportunities for enrolment. Online Education must be promoted for which definite policy must be put in place. Since the Private sector has a major role to play in education segment it must be given better support. Education must be more liberalised with structured approaches of checking on quality of education. Well performing private Institutes must be treated at par with other standard Government Institutes. Research is to be promoted in both Govt and Private sector without any differentiation. Diverse range of courses must be introduced looking at local needs. Government must make it mandatory to all the Industries, which take one or the other benefit from the Government to take at least a minimum number of students for the internship.
2. What is your View on incorporating some specialized subjects in curriculum like AI and Big data?

Even though Artificial Intelligence was introduced in mid 1950s, it is in the past 5 to 8 years that it has started making much impact on our lives. Earlier it was restricted to expert systems, decision support systems and to some extent the natural language processing. It was treated more like an experts’ domain. But today, even a common man is feeling an impact of AI. As the digital world is growing, more digital forms of data is getting generated. Lots of prediction can be made with the data that we have accumulated. Better product creation, customized outputs have been enabled by the disruptive technologies like IoT, Cloud computing, Machine and deep learning, robotics, Advanced communication protocols & standards etc... With all these, it is now more than essential for an engineering graduate to know details about these technologies. So, these topics must be incorporated in the curriculum for better understanding. But the challenge for teachers and Institutes is what to teach and how much to teach since they can’t leave out the fundamentals, time availability is the same and the grasping ability and the interest level of the majority of the students has not exponentially grown like the technology is growing. Hence Online courses, distance education, e-learning and other advanced methods of teaching learning must be used to partly face these challenges.
3. How much can we prepare tomorrow’s engineers who are commercially viable? How can we bridge the gap between college education and industry expectations?

As the cost of education is increasing, the viability of the system depends on the paying capacity of the students and at least equal or better returns through employment which they expect. For this to happen, Institutes must prepare tomorrow’s engineers to take up any challenges. Strengthening the life skills in general and soft skills in particular also becomes the responsibility of each and every Institute to survive. To bridge the gap between Institutes and industry, we must use students as vehicles. They must be given better industry internship opportunities. Industry relevant inputs must be given. The faculty members must be made to visit industries and interact with the industry experts more frequently and if possible they must be given sabbatical leave for undergoing Industry experience. The Research work carried out in the Institutes must have Industry relevance, so that industries can look at the Institutes for better products and practices. Unless the Industries get a confidence that they get good product out of the Institutes, they may not become pro-active in looking at the Institutes. At the same time, unless industries invest their expertise in some good capable Institutes, institutes will not be able to deliver. Instead of looking only at so called premier Institutes, Industries must also look at other Institutes spread across the country for better relationships.
4. What is the importance of diversified technical courses in new order employment scenario?

It is the time to remove the strict barrier between different fields of engineering streams. Interdisciplinary studies and project works have to be encouraged further. Having minimum basic broad areas of engineering studies like Electrical Engineering Sciences, Mechanical Engineering Sciences and Civil & Environmental Engineering sciences is better because this will really promote interdisciplinary studies in much better pace. Specializations must be brought only at higher level of engineering studies. IT being a common tool that every engineering graduate has to use later in his profession, it is to be practiced extensively in every course for learning.
5. How NMAMIT is different from other engineering Institutes in India

NMAMIT is 32 year old private self financing Autonomous Engineering Institute affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, located in rural Karnataka. It’s a NAAC ‘A’ grade Institute with majority of its programs accredited by National Board of Accreditation. It’s an ISO 9001-2015 certified Institute. The World Bank had provided grants to this Institute in 2 cycles looking at its strength. Institute has 7 branches of engineering and 11 M.Tech specializations apart from MCA and MBA programs. About 100 research scholars are working in various departments to pursue their Ph.D. as either full time or part time candidates. More details about the Institute are available at www.nmamit.nitte.edu.in

The Institute has strong ethical practices, which are imbibed into the students at every stage of their study. Very good training on soft skills and leadership qualities is provided through out the 4 years of engineering studies through structured programs. There is a good support for student entrepreneurs through New Age Incubation Network and Entrepreneurship Development cell. A few enterprises are working in the college campus. Vocational Training centre provides regular training on new technical skills. Sports and games facilities in the campus are of very high quality. Necessary support is extended to the students who wish to excel in sports. Through Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) established couple of years back, research exposure is provided to the students by making them to work with active researchers. Good Industry collaboration in all the engineering domains has provided the students relevant industry exposure. The industry internship for the students is another plus point. Placement statistics show that the Institute is doing exceedingly well for more than 10 years in terms of number of placements and the diversity of companies visiting the campus for the placement. Very good encouragement is given to the students to participate in intercollegiate technical and extracurricular competitions. Through very active collaborations with Ritsumeikan University Japan and some other good Universities abroad, selected students get an opportunity to carry out their internship, project and training at these universities with either no cost or minimal cost. Regular training programs are arranged for competitive exams. Students are encouraged to actively participate in student clubs (both technical and non technical), which will help them for their overall personality development. Student hostels in the campus are well maintained with descent food facility and campus discipline is given highest priority. With all these facilities, still the total expenditure that a student has to incur for his studies at NMAMIT Nitte in Udupi District of Karnataka is very reasonable.
Dr.Niranjan N Chiplunkar
NMAM Institute of Technology
Nitte, Karkala Taluk
Udupi District
Pincode: 574110