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Making Indian Engineering World-class

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Theme write-up of 47th Engineers Day by Institute of Engineers India (IEI)

September 15, 2014

Theme : “Making Indian Engineering World-class”

“World-class” engineers denotes the engineers with a broad range of competencies
and skills to synthesize new ideas; and develop new processes and technologies to address
contemporary challenges to suit global needs anywhere in the world.

“World-class” engineers denotes the engineers of tomorrow with a broad range of competencies
and skills to synthesize new ideas; and develop new processes and technologies to address
contemporary challenges to suit global needs anywhere in the world.

The word “World-class” is a relative term and is very difficult to define as there is no datum or fixed standard to classify any engineering work as “World-class”. The phrase has different connotations in countries from different categories, viz. Developed, Developing and Under-developed, based on their
economic and social standards.However, the engineers, who are the harbinger of development
of any country, always strive for enrichment of their knowledge and skill to upgrade the quality
of life and their performance. The pursuit for betterment is a continuous process. There is no
end to development and engineering progress. The process of upgradation from one standard
to the other, from ‘under-developed’ to ‘developing’, or from ‘developing’ to ‘developed’, is a
continuous process, which is led by the engineers after taking into account the prevailing sociopolitico-economic conditions of the particular country.

Engineers are key figures in the material progress of the world. A world-class engineer,
regardless of the job he is engaged in, is always considered an asset to the nation and the
society; as it is he who makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific
knowledge into tools, resources, energy, and labour to bring science into the service of the

It is a challenge to conclude about the class to which the engineers of India belong. In the
diversified, heterogeneous nature of development in our country, the engineers have to work
from construction of rural roads to manufacturing of spaceships to Mars. Both are equally
important for accelerating the development of the country. There is no scope to undermine the
contemporary skill and knowledge of the engineers of our country. It is a matter of pride that
Indian engineers, whether working in the country or outside, are a force to reckon with globally.
The knowledge, skill, and wisdom of Indian engineers is no less than that of their counterparts
from other so-called “advanced” countries. Due to the socio-politico-economic structure of our
country, engineering is still very much labour-intensive. Unlike in other parts of the developed
world, Indian engineers are quite capable of blending the modern mechanized systems with
prevailing traditional human-oriented activities.

However, it does not mean that the pursuit for self-enrichment by Indian engineers will not be
perceived. India requires large numbers of qualified and competent engineers to address the
numerous challenges faced in the developmental journey. To produce large numbers of
competent engineering and technical personnel to take on the global challenges, India will need
to complete the following activities to transform the curriculum for training and skill upgradation:

i) Generate awareness about the global nature of the profession in-tune with growing
challenges and opportunities
ii) Develop a comprehensive understanding in tackling complex, real-world problems in the respective engineering discipline.
iii) Accept challenges and solve them with wisdom and shared knowledge
iv) Acquire knowledge and expertise through lifelong education and continuous learning
v) Build familiarity in other engineering and scientific disciplines so that interdisciplinary
solution approaches can be evolved
vi) Pursue opportunities to apply skills in both traditional and non-traditional fields to
address societal challenges
vii) Communicate and  interact with other highly recognized international leaders in
interact with other highly recognized international leaders in engineering, and
viii) Establish themselves as personalities with ethical and noble values

Achieving excellence is a journey that needs considerable effort. It requires a transition from a
reactive, compliance-based approach to a proactive, contributory and value-add mindset to
create an environment of sustained operational progress. Over the long-term, world-class
engineers will create a set of approaches and best-practices that will improve tomorrow's world,
create long-term value, and institutionalize business sustainability.


5% of Indian IT Graduates are fit to work in multinational companies

5% of 356,000 Indian IT graduates are fit to work in multinational companies, says a survey. It would mean 17,500 graduates per year. How many are employed by multinational companies. How many more would they require? The students may probably do not know the demand for their knowledge and skills. That is why standardized tests are important. They tell a student whether he is qualified or not? Whether there is demand or not? In a standardized test both absolute pass mark and relative ranking are needed. Relative ranking helps in preferential selection and absolute pass level informs the students when they are not up to the mark. There will be motivation in the student to learn more when he realizes that his past and present efforts are not sufficient and he needs to put in more effort.

Aspirations of Indian Technical Institutes

World Class Faculty - Global Aspirations  - IIT Gandhinagar

Our main motto is "World-class Technology at an Affordable Price. - IIT MADRAS Electrical Engineering Department

Involved in Development of world-class telecom products:

CORDECT Wireless Local Loop System
ADSL & HDSL, Fiber Local Loop System
Satellite Modem, Multiport WiFi Switch
Micro-GSM & WiMaX base-stations
NMS, Soft-switching, IVR, IP-Telephony
Lab Kits for Wireless, Optics, & LAN

World Class Automotive Engineering Industry in India

The Indian automotive industry is now (2013) the sixth-largest in the world, with about 35 domestic and global OEMs competing in the market. The industry is going through a rapid evolution in terms of shorter product life cycles and new customer segments.  India's automotive industry is expected to emerge as the third largest in the world by 2020. Production volumes are expected to increase from 20.7 million units in 2013 to 36.4 million units by 2020.

Growth of exports

India has seen strong export growth in vehicles. Export volumes have grown at 19 percent CAGR, from one million units in 2007 to 2.9 million in 2013, more than doubling in almost seven years.

Strong growth is also expected in components exports.  The country exported components worth $9 billion in 2013, and this is expected to reach $25 billion by 2020 at a CAGR of 15 percent.

A.T. Kearney Consultants
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Updated  6 Mar 2016, 12 Sep 2014

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