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Relevance of Student Projects in Engineering Education in India

Education is regarded as one of the most critical component which contributes to social, political, cultural and economic transformation of a community and later a country. The prosperity of any nation is intrinsically linked to its human resources. The strength of a nation is dependent on its intellectual and skillful citizens. But the definition of intellectual and skillful citizens changes from time to time. Like in today’s scenario merely taking a degree or a diploma doesn’t make you skilled, and you need to learn to apply your knowledge in real sense.

Therefore, the responsibility comes upon the system to update the curriculum and the pedagogy as per the demand of the society. Infact major educational reforms could be seen in these areas by the leading institutions. In this technical age of Make in India the most important requirement from a professional graduate is to be industry ready and for that an institution is required to offer industry relevant curriculum and a pedagogy which imparts active learning, team work and problem solving attitude.

One of the recent developments towards pedagogy has been practice school/industrial project including both active learning and group work. Involving students in small groups also addresses the problem of large class size and promotes team work. At JK Lakshmipat University which is one of the best universities in Jaipur, we focus on project based learning of students from the early stage of Engineering education. Starting from semester-3, JKLU provides academic rigour to reach upto industry driven projects. The students involved in projects perform better on various platforms such as academic, competition and industry suitability. It has been found that the students sincerely engaged in projects performed exceptionally well at national and International level which made JK Lakshmipat University top institutes for engineering in Rajasthan.

At Engineering section, JK Lakshmipat University, we emphasis on more practical learning rather than rote learning. Along with the student projects based on different courses, we have in our curriculum two compulsory practice schools based on industry projects (one minor and the other major). In minor project student works on live projects in industry for 2 months while in major project the students are expected to work on projects in industry for 4-6 months. These projects make the students industry deployable.

Project based learning encourages student competencies to go beyond subject knowledge, prepare and challenge the student to direct their own learning, solve problems of academic significance and to explore beyond the classroom. Therefore Student Projects at Tertiary Level are highly relevant as they help students to acquire requisite skills which they need to demonstrate after the completion of their graduation.

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Dr. Jaya GuptaDr. Jaya Gupta

Assistant Professor- IET, JKLU

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