Only 17 percent of engineering graduates are employable in the industry and remaining 83 percent of graduates are not meeting the requirements of the industry, as per a NASSCOM survey.In the inaugural address to the annual day celebrations of the AMC CITY Group of Institutions on May 2014, India's most admirable president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's speech was an epilogue to this finding. He opined,"There is a need for engineering graduates to develop creativity, a culture of excellence and learn the integrated system design to excel in the present era of global competition." He continued to stress on the role of the youth in nation building and the need for technical education institutions to train engineering students to do their best. Dr. K R Paramahamsa, Chairman of AMC-CITY Group of Institutions, K. Monica, Secretary, K. Rahul, Treasurer of the Trust, Dr. T N Sreenivasa, Principal, AMC Engineering College and Dr. P. Srinivas Rao, Principal, Administrative Management College, were all present on the dais. For the upper management of the AMC Engineering College,the ideologies that were shared by the former president were not new concepts. The culture of excellence has been one of the driving forces of the institute since its inception and it is evident from their academics and placement records.
Located in Bangalore, AMC Engineering College has seen an escalating growth since 1999 with excellent figures like 29 university rank holders and 90 percent placement for all the eligible candidates. While the figures display the quality of education that the institute provides, the management opines that they achieved this feat through highly experienced, competent and committed faculty. "I strongly believe that highly qualified and committed teachers, good infrastructure and good placements will help any institution to grow to greater heights," says Dr.T N Sreenivasa.
The college follows 1:15 Teacher Student ratio where each faculty member acts as a mentor, philosopher and guide to the students. However, bridging the skill gap of around 83 percent in the technical employment arena with traditional teaching methodologies would be an impossible task for any technical institution. Hence, the institute has ensured to employ 50 percent of faculty members with industry experience and about 25 percent of faculty are currently pursuing PhD under AMC Engineering College -VTU Research Centre. As a result, they have received several funded projects sponsored by VGST, DRDO, ISTE and VTU and published more than 300 technical papers in the international refereed Journals.
Grooming Faculty and Students Alike
While most of the engineering colleges focus on grooming their students to meet the industry requirements, many forget that it is also important to enhance the faculty knowledge in tandem with the ever-changing industry scenarios. The institute trains 90 percent of its faculty members under the Mission 10X program conducted by Wipro Technologies and Campus Connect program organized by Infosys, which encourages the teachers to adapt Carnegie Melon University's teaching and learning pedagogy in classrooms for quality teaching and it bridges the gap between the Industry and Institute. This has enabled the institute to provide industry standard training by organising several hands-on practical sessions on the latest technology to be at par with the industry requirements. That is the reason why, students of AMC Engineering College indulge in several mini projects like the design of Robots, PCB Boards, Raspberry Pie, Oracle mini projects and Microsoft pilot projects, which are beyond the stagnant state university curriculum.
To support these activities, the institute has established MoUs and tie-ups with many companies like Microsoft, IMRB, Oracle Academy, Network Bulls, Infosys Campus Connect, RV-VLSI, Electrono Solutions, Air Frame Aero designs, EDS Technologies, Cyber Metric Services, TATA Consultancy Services Ltd (ION), Global Research Innovation & Development, IES Pvt. Limited, APSIS Solutions and Aspiring Minds. This has not only helped the institution to equip their student with the latest industry trends, but also managed to generate funds of over Rs. 25,00,000 per annum."Our mission is to develop students who excel in their technical competency coupled with a high degree of morals, a positive attitude and professional ethics to meet the needs of the country," says Dr.K. R. Paramahamsa, Chairman who always ensures zero deficiency in the infrastructure for a proactive technical education.
With all the necessary features to build the future technocrats of the country, today AMC Engineering College provides 7 UG programs and 11 M.Tech programs along with MBA and MCA. The visit of close to 100 companies for the recruitment and 7 approved research centres on the campus goes to show the level of success that the institute reached in a short span of time. "The target set for the coming year by the college is to achieve 100 percent placements, to attain autonomous university status and to get NBA accreditation under Washington Accord," shares Dr. K. R. Paramahamsa. As Dr. Kalam said, "Achievement comes out of the fire in our sub-conscious mind that 'I can do it'." Bearing that fire in mind, the AMC Engineering College has been achieving the targets in successions. In that process, the country has already seen over 6000 youngsters with never fail spirit from this campus and in the journey ahead many more are yet to come.