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Emertxe: Making Ready-to-Employ Engineers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Author : Sarath Shyam, Managing Editor, The Higher Education Review

Sarath Shyam

Maaz Jukaku & Jayakumar Balasubramanian, Managing Director & Director Emertxe

The 21st century technology has given us many new words. A couple of decades ago, the terms like Mobile Supercomputing, Intelligent Robots, Self-Driving Cars, Neuro-Technological Brain Enhancements, Genetic Editing and many more were strange to us. Now, these are evidences of the dramatic changes happening around us. At an exponential speed, it will fundamentally alter the way we live and work. The technology enthusiasts call it as 'Fourth Industrial Revolution,' which is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. Although, we are not sure about how these things will unfold in the future, one thing is clear; the response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.

In the midst of such technological revolution, India - a country that is forecasted to have the largest number of manpower in the world - is struggling with a serious skill crunch. Although, we add around 20 million youths to the work force every year, only a meagre number of them are able to secure a job. "We have thousands of colleges churning out lakhs of engineers, whereas hardly 15 percent of them are having employable skills. This employability percentage further shrinks when it comes to high-end product development areas like Embedded Systems," opines Maaz Jukaku, Managing Director, Emertxe.

Located in Bangalore, the IT hub of India, Emertxe is one of the leading IT finishing schools in the country. Since its inception in 2003, the institute has been striving hard to bridge the industry-academia gap that is prevailing in the Indian technology industry. "With challenges like lower hiring ratio and higher time spent on on-the-job training to make the fresh graduates productive, the tech-companies in India are struggling to deploy their projects on time. Indeed, there is no major problem in the engineering course curriculum, whereas the gap is mainly due to the way it is imparted to entry-level engineers," says Jayakumar Balasubramanian, Director, Emertxe.

It is true that a large chunk of our fresh engineering graduates does not have the practical knowledge of emerging technologies, which is the key requirement of any technology company today. As a pioneer institute in Embedded Systems, Linux and IoT training, Emertxe aptly understands the scale of the problem in terms of market demand of skilled engineers and the supply demand ratio, which is significantly low as per the industry demands. "We were determined to set out on a mission to solve this problem by offering hands-on practical oriented training programs in order to make entry level engineers employable, which is the only way to resolve this huge skill gap," pinpoints Maaz.

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