| |December 20199demia and the industry. The cur-riculum is either outdated or isn't evolving fast enough based on the need and demands of the in-dustry. The employers need skills that can add business value today, while our graduates are either not taught at all or taught too lit-tle on the skills that are relevant to industry. At the lateral level, the em-ployees are needed to be reskilled for skills of the Industry 4.0. The skills that paid really well while they joined the industry are no longer relevant. Focus on reskilling and up-skilling on skills relevant to to-day's need will be the way ahead. Today's workforce needs to learn the skills needed to survive in to-day's time. Companies such as Ac-centure, Infosys, Cognizant, Tech Mahindra, and Mphasis are mak-ing a massive effort to reskill and prepare employees for the future.2. Today, it is evident that most of the engineering students are struggling to get em-ployed, while majority of the employed students are end-ing-up in non-core jobs. How do you think the educational institutions ought to redevise their teaching system & con-tent in line with the industry requirements?First and foremost, the educational systems need to be more connect-ed with the industry. Today, digital technologies change in months if not weeks. The education sys-tem can't prepare the students by staying too far from the industry. Focus on designing curriculum in consultation with industry lead-ers, constant curriculum revision, focusing on hands-on learning or learning by doing are some of the necessary steps that are becoming the need of the hour. Shortening the duration of the programs and promoting apprenticeship while in college will bring a lot of value to students.3. On the other hand, what do you think employers are look-ing for among the current en-gineering graduates? How can they cut-down on the huge training costs incurred even after hiring skilled engi-neering graduates?Employers are looking for skilled talent that can add business val-ue. Apart from intrinsic skills like problem solving, critical thinking skills, ability to become life long learners which are crucial, they are looking at graduates who are production-ready with minimum training and in shortest time. Af-ter all, they are hiring to get work done and not to re-educate you. They expect the talent to come prepared for the industry rele-vant skills. However, the talent available is generally not ready for the industry after college. They require significant training and guidance. A lot of employers have started hiring from skilling platforms training young talent these industry relevant skills. TCS, Infosys, TechM and other MNCs spend huge amount of money to train talent after hiring. They even have huge campuses to support these training programs. Mid lev-el companies and startups often struggle here, and this is where new age education companies are helping them hire industry ready talent, saving them a lot of costs and training time.4. How should the present en-gineering students hone their skill-sets to become indus-try-ready? What suggestions do you have for them? First and foremost, be ready to learn. Industry is evolving at a pace very few had anticipated. To-day's illiterate are not those who can't read and write, but those who can't learn, unlearn and relearn. Learnabilty is the first skill to master. Stay in touch with today's reality, spend active hours to learn skills, and know about how the industry is evolving. Knowledge has become really accessible, and students should make a good use of it. Reach-out to industry folks while you are in college. You will be surprised to know that a lot of them genuinely want to help part-ly because they have been there. Talk about the expectations in the industry and learn those skills.Spend active time learning skills, not in your textbooks and even cross disciplinary skills. Fol-low popular and reliable sources of information on the internet, twitter, LinkedIn or blogs, whatev-er suits you. Do a lot of projects, doing is the best way of learning. Apart from domain specific skills, learn intrinsic skills needed in the 21st century. LEARNABILTY IS THE FIRST SKILL TO MASTER. STAY IN TOUCH WITH TODAY'S REALITY, SPEND ACTIVE HOURS TO LEARN SKILLS AND KNOW ABOUT HOW THE INDUSTRY IS EVOLVING
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