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    VOL. XXXXI, NO. 01 KOLKATA November 2015Chairman: Shri Sisir Kumar Banerjee, FIE E-mail: iei.wbsc@gmail.com Honorary. Secretary: Shri Kashmir Lal Mallik, FIE

    96 years of relentless journey towards engineering advancement for nation building

    Calendar for November 2015 December 2015

    Technical Lectures, Workshops, Seminars & All India SeminarsForthcoming Events at the State Centre

    1st NOVEMBER 2015 at 3.00 p.m.95th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OFWEST BENGAL STATE CENTRE at 3.00 P.M.&96th INAUGURAL SESSION at 4.00 P.M.FOLLOWEd By VIjAyA SAMMILANI

    ALL INdIA SEMINAR18-19 NOVEMBER 2015 (4 pm on 18th Nov.)Theme: Bearing TechnologyOrganised by: Mechanical Engineering divisionVenue: Sir R N Mookerjee Hall, 8, Gokhale Road, Kolkata - 700 020

    ONE dAy SEMINAR5th NOVEMBER 2015 at 4.30 P.M.Theme: Corrosion Resistant SteelOrganised by: Civil Engineering division in Association with TATA Steel Limited.Venue: Sir R N Mookerjee Hall 8, Gokhale Road, Kolkata - 700 020.

    7th NOVEMBER 2015 at 10.00 A.M.Theme: Irrigation Systems for Small FarmersOrganised by: Agricultural Engineering divisionVenue: ICAR-National Institute of Research on

    jute & Allied Fibre Technology, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700040.

    21st NOVEMBER 2015 at 4.00 p.m.Theme: Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

    Process Intensification through Innovative Computation

    Organised by : Chemical Engineering divisionVenue: Sir R N Mookerjee Hall, 8, Gokhale Road, Kolkata - 700 020

    The Chairman and Members of the Committee wishes Happy durga Puja and diwali Greetings to all the Corporate Members and their families.

    Shri Sisir Kumar Banerjee, Chairman, West Bengal State Centre, Sesion 2014-2016

    Shri Kashmir Lal Mallik, Honorary Secretary, West Bengal State Centre, Session: 2014-2016

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    95th Inaugural Session of West Bengal State Centre, The Institution of Engineers (India) was held after 94th Annual General Meeting of West Bengal State CentreMr. Sisir Kumar Banerjee, Chairman delivered his address on the topic Engineering Education as Today and Its Relevance in the Present Context as follows : I am extremely grateful to the Members of the retiring Committee of the State Centre for electing me the Chairman, West Bengal State Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India), the largest professional body of its kind in Asia. Indeed, it is this honour bestowed on me that has given me this unique opportunity to address the gathering of distinguished corporate members and eminent engineers and technologists. I am aware of the responsibilities of my position and fully conscious of my own limitations in carrying forward the work of my predecessors in advancing the cause of the profession. I can only assure you with all humility that I shall try my utmost to justify the trust and confidence reposed in me.I have chosen the topic Engineering Education and its relevance in the present context which I believe is the need of the day and which requires involvement of all of us.you are probably aware that there were 72 engineering colleges including IITs in 1970. At present approximately 6 lakhs graduate engineers are passing out every year from 5672 engineering colleges in India. According to the different reports, 25% to 30% of the engineers are employable. Out of this, only 18.43% are employable as software engineers in IT services, while just 3.95% are appropriately trained to be directly deployed on projects. For core jobs in Mechanical, Electronics / Electrical and Civil Engineering, a mere 7.49% are employable. This is perhaps due to lack of availability of trained faculty in those colleges to impart quality education.

    Report on 95th Inaugural Session was held on 2nd November 2014 at Sir R N Mookerjee Hall, West Bengal State Centre

    Mr. Kaushik Roy address in the 95th Inaugural Session

    AICTE came into existence in 1987 to grant approval of engineering courses and the accreditation of the courses in private engineering colleges. Prior to this, The Institution of Engineers (India) was the sole engineering professional body in India to accredit engineering courses, including the courses being conducted at IITs and NITs. Engineering education today is easily accessible for aspiring students, provided they have sound financial resources. The quality of engineering education in these colleges is generally not up to the mark due to fact that a large number of engineering colleges suffers from many deficiencies such as well trained faculty and proper infrastructure like laboratory facilities, modern workshops etc. Further, for fresh graduate engineers, after completion of their engineering degree course, the options for a livelihood actually are not in the core fields of engineering. For a majority of these young engineers, it is in other areas like software development, sales and marketing, banking, IT enabled services, etc. A good number of brilliant engineers take up further studies in management and migrate to non-engineering type of jobs for better career opportunities. Some of the competent / good engineers join the industry where they get quite attractive packages or go abroad. Today, it is not attractive for engineers to work either as faculty members or on any research project. So, there should be motivation for fresh graduate engineers to go for research & development and take up teaching job. Technology is growing fast in all dimensions analysis, design, environmental aspects, safety, and legal and business corners. We need engineers for manufacturing, ports and harbours, power sector etc. Also, the need of the hour is construction engineers in the core field of infrastructure development.Construction engineers need to deal with the availability of resources, environment, health and safety aspects, project engineering, logistic management, application of IT in construction and legal aspects, basic contracts and claims etc. There are many institutions where industry and academy are working together for achieving their common interest. There are many organizations in Govt. Sector / PSUs where mechanical engineers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, electrical engineers, applied geologists are contributing their best in their respective fields and there should be a good interactive mechanism between the academia and the industry so that unemployment for the passing out students can be minimised. Similarly faculties of Engineering Colleges, Universities are running short of quality teaching personnel who can inspire and motivate the young students to reach new heights of excellence in their respective fields of specialization. The disciplinewise engineering curriculum is not being

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    updated periodically to meet the demand of the fields. Thus, there remains a mismatch between pass out engineers and requirements of the fields / on job. As a result, engineers that pass outs have been found wanting on many counts. The industry need to come forward for improvement in engineering education in the country. Imparting of engineering education in a real sense must have a good ambience for teaching, learning, research and innovation. Educators can anticipate the changes coming up in engineering practice and can formulate their programme accordingly. There is a need to improve the training of the engineers in order that they can adopt themselves with emerging technologies comfortably. We need engineers for the industry to manage production and competition. We need senior professionals for grooming engineers who shall be competent enough to carry out Research and development as per the requirement of the industry and other research-based development institutions. Engineering education system of old functional paradigm, therefore, needs to be relooked from the point of view of user or prospective employer. The undergraduate engineering education should be reshaped to include more discipline-wise specialization coupled with inputs of basic sciences and engineering education of multidisciplinary approaches (General Engineering). This can, however, be a long-term reform agenda and should be pursued with caution and consensus of all the stakeholders like academia, industry, research establishments and others.

    As a short time measure in the reform process of engineering education, we should restore the past practice of teaching basic subjects for all the major branches of engineering, viz. physics, chemistry and mathematics, during the first two years of the course, and branch is allotted on and from the third year of the course. This arrangement would help imparting knowledge to the students from the other disciplines of engineering, apart from the subject wise knowledge of the engineering curriculum. We have to think restructuring the curriculum after weeding out non- relevant subjects.

    The engineering curriculum should be based on the needs of the industry, R & d sector in which a student is going to be placed. The discipline-wise specialization should continue for M. Tech courses in academic institutions and R&d establishments. We should have a project-based learning for making engineers employable. Otherwise a frustrating situation may prevail aggravating the problem both for the employer as well as the employable.

    Most jobs now are in the private sector. There is considerable lateral movement and industry need to come forward to spend time and money on training a person who may take up their job after completing the training. In order to achieve the above objective, a radical change is required in our engineering education system.

    To keep pace with the developments in engineering designs and analysis, together with the