With the advent of globalization and opening up of Indian economy to outside world, competition among industries has become stiff. To solve their engineering problems they look up now to engineering institutions. Similarly, there is an urgent need to prepare engineering students for jobs in multinational companies, by exposing them to newer technologies and engineering methodologies. These objectives can only be achieved well by bridging the gap between industry and the academic institutions. Better interaction between technical institutions and industry is the need of the hour. This will have great bearing on the engineering curriculum, exposure of engineering students to industrial atmosphere and subsequent placement of young graduating engineers in industries across the country.
Industries and institutes have been collaborating for over a century, but the rise of a global knowledge economy has intensified the need for strategic partnerships. The Institutes are imparting the basic knowledge and skill, but the Industry-Institute Interaction will enable to undertake research by staff and students relevant to the industry. The Industry-Institute Interaction should be designed to run longer period for preparing the manpower of world class in the field of science and technology by inculcating the various skills required by the industry, thereby contributing to the economic and social development at large.
Keeping this in mind, Centre for Alumni Affairs & International Relations, NIT Durgapur have also put forward some industry-institute meets recently. This provides a great opportunity for all the budding engineers to gain some practical knowledge. Few expert professionals from some well-known industries had participated in this meet. Also we had several interested students visit some of these industries for gathering real life work experience. In all this is a great initiative undertaken by the college and there is hope that it will continue in full scale in the upcoming sessions by getting lots of support and encouragement from our esteemed alumni.
Summer :On 14th March, 2020, the very distinguished alumni of NIT Durgapur, Mr. Sabas Fernando, General Manager and Mr. Piyush Saurabh, Sr. Manager of TATA Motors, Jamshedpur helped everyone with their wonderful speeches and interactive sessions on Automotive Industry and the challenges and opportunities faced by it. As one of the guests started talking about ‘an engineer’s mindset’, the discussion also went on the statement that “before properly figuring out what to do in life, Indians tend to become an engineer. Talking about the opportunities, there are many which included automobile designer, manufacturer, internet marketing, salesperson, and so on. However, they also mentioned that there may not be a desirable campus placement scenario since the company is not growing as per expectations. The above scopes and opportunities in the lecture was followed by an interactive session on the challenges faced by the industry, where it was mentioned how they have to face the pressure imposed by environmental, customer demands and competitive pressures on cost, quality, performance and manufacturability of the vehicles. The industry also has to face issues regarding fuel economy, gas emissions, safety and affordability. Thus they concluded the speech with a positive note encouraging the students to work hard and believe in themselves in order to achieve excellence.