Investment in Education: Good strategy for industries


Dr. Sunil G. Deshpande
BE. (Mech), M.Tech. (C.D), D.B.M. M.B.A.  Ph.D. (BMA). MIE, MISTE
Senior Lecturer in Mech. Engg
Government Polytechnic

Prologue: -

Well known management thinker  "Stanner George" said that, "Busyness is also a citizen" and in that sense it has proportionate responsibility to go beyond the letter of law." He further made it clear that it is society which permits you to start your busyness, it is society that permits you to engage men & women in your busyness, it is society that permits you to flourish in your business and finally it is the society that pays for hazardous pollution made by your busyness."  So when busyness (Industries) is getting so much from society, it certainly owes to society. Here comes the concept of social responsibility. The technical institutes are also the part of society, so why not to help the institutes. But while extending such help, the attitude shall be of compliance of social responsibility.

Technical institutes: The real vendors of industries:

The well-known factors of production are Man, Machine, Material, Money, Methods and Management Out of this "Man" is a living phenomena. Every busyness has to organize these factors of production successfully. The busyness is usually appointing vendors for getting all these things. But why they forget the important factor of production i.e. Man. The technical institutes are producing good quality of human resource by designing suitable curriculum, but industries are putting question mark on the quality of product.

Technology Gap: -

It is a common cry of every industry that Engineering colleges and polytechnics are producing product with obsolete knowledge. There is a so-called "Technology Gap" between industry and institute. It is true to certain extent for the simple reason that the technology is changing at a very rapid rate that causes curriculum contents to become near obsolete. Another thing is that industries are changing as per the technology as it is a question of survival fro them but for an educational institute some time is definitely require to cope up with this change. This all has resulted in technology gap.

Initiative from industry: -

The technical institutes are also the important vendors of industries as they supply of human resource (may be semi-finished). It is a generally a practice adopted by industries to implement effective vendor development programme since the vendors are important to them as they are suppliers of raw material Effective vendors development programme ensures the smooth and quality supply of raw material and keep firm always ahead in competitive industrial environment.  However the same attitude is not reflected towards the technical institutes who are providing the major human resource. In fact even after acquiring good percentage at qualifying examination, industries are recruiting the engineers and technicians as a trainee. The problem is not why industries are doing so, but the real problem is whether industries have checked really what are the "Knowledge Skills and Attitudes" the pass- out students possesses. 

Overlapping of curriculum at institute and industry:

The industries are of various nature and therefore their requirement is different, No one will deny this fact, but have the industries taken a pain to take a stock of what is required by them and what they getting and exit of the technical institutes.  Have they prepared the list of what core "Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes required by them and what are Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes people posses by the pass-out students? Have they unfolded the curriculum contents that the pass out has undergone? Is there any repetition of contents they are imparting to the recruited trainee during their in-house training programme? Have they confirmed it? The answer is NO.

Perhaps there might be possibility that the some of the learning experiences the students has already undergone and acquired the skills are merely repeated in the industrial in house training programme. So that way industries are also wasting their valuable time and resources. But this will be more clear only when the industry people seriously looking into the curriculum design and implementation practices followed in the technical institutes. However industry will react to this with an answer that they are busy in their busyness. In fact if the industries start looking technical institutes are also their important vendors, then they will realize that "Investment in Education will also pay the dividends in the long run

Industry-Institute–Interaction (I.I.I.) is a need of hour:

Investment does not mean   financial always. Involvement of industry in curriculum design and implementation will also help to great extent to the institutes. In Maharashtra State there is a separate "Directorate for Industry-Institute-Coordination" at state level with main intention of creating god and quality industry-institute-interaction. The Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education has also started revising their curriculum by conducting "Search Conferences" of industry expert. Industries are also welcomed in curriculum implementation. Industries are expected to respond squarely to this initiative.

Ways and means to enhance the III:

One of the important things is that first industry shall appreciate the concept of I.I.I. The real need of this interaction is for the industry, for the simple reason, institutes are producing the product for the industry. Industries are using this product for a longer time. Will it not fare to participate in the production of this product? And this again point out the concept of investment in education. In Western countries most of big houses have realized the crux of this concept and they started involving in the academic institutions of their interest. The "Care-Taker Industry", "Corporate Schools" and "Corporate Technical Education" are the result of this interaction. A small country like Botswana, where Road Development Corporation had entered into the agreement with technical institution to run their tailor made programme with implementations techniques for Civil Engineers. This has ensured them to get a product with necessary Knowledge skills and attitude. Will it not possible over here. The institute here are facing financial crunch for modernization of their laboratories and workshops. Can industry come forward to donate some advanced machines or help in establishing good labs and workshops? If so then industry must take initiative or even they can go for adopting some institutes and work as a father (care taker) for that institute. Some autonomous Degree/Diploma technical institute can be better choice for this activity.

Sponsoring Learning Resources:

Industries being financially sound can extend hand of cooperation for sponsoring some of the learning resources useful for the curriculum implementation. Industries can allow conducting some of the industrial learning experiences in their premises. Even if the contents are same the way to design learning experiences will affect the quality of teaching-learning process. If the industries are involving them self in curriculum design and implementation process they will definitely find appreciable change in the quality of pass outs of the institutes.


Industries are spending lot of money towards vendor development programmes. Even some industries are helping financially to some of their vendors and ancillaries. The more they spend the money on vendors more the quality raw material / semi-finished inventories they are receiving. The same attitude shall be extended towards the technical institutes. No doubt the technical institute's product they are not directly using for their production purposes, but this is the precious human resource that will efficiently handle your production activity. Industries are spending lot of on various factors of production then why not on human resource. So industries shall recognize the importance of investment in education and put their best foot forward because this is the ultimate way to get an excellent quality of human resource the need.

Dr. Sunil G. Deshpande
BE. (Mech), M.Tech. (C.D), D.B.M. M.B.A.  Ph.D. (BMA). MIE, MISTE
Senior Lecturer in Mech. Engg
Government Polytechnic

Source: E-mail December 20, 2011


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