India is expected to be home to a skilled workforce of 500 million by 2022. About 12 million individuals are expected to join the workforce every year. In this regard a need emerges for the education sector to actively involve institutes with the industry and fine-tune the quality of workforce produced. Being a frontrunner in producing industry ready graduates, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology actively indulges in providing exposure and outlook of the industry to its students. Established in 1962 under the visionary guidance of Dr. M.S. Ramaiah to foster to the need of skilled workforce in the country, the institution has achieved the dream of its incipient leader by being the no. 1 Engineering College in Karnataka. The institution has more than a 100 percent placement owing to its hard efforts in making students industry ready.
"What sets MSRIT apart is that all our students, in their graduating year, along with their respective degrees receive an offer letter from a recruiting company," says Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni, Principal, MSRIT. The efforts towards creating eminent leaders for the industry are seen through the initiatives at MSRIT. A magnanimous number of MOUs with more than 38 companies and active live projects from these collaborations have resulted in creating an industrial understanding amongst the minds of students that runs parallel with academia. "In the advancements of the industry today, it is a primary criterion to have interactions with the industry parallel to the academia. With initiatives like these, the motive of engineering colleges is fulfilled to a greater extent," adds Dr. Kulkarni. Keeping this in mind, MSRIT has entered in MOUs in a big way with many giant conglomerates like Microsoft, Schneider Electrics, INTEL, EMC, Apple, Honeywell, SAP, IBM, Intel and various others. A dedicated and well established research center for live projects on industry called MS Ramaiah Center for Research and Development on Industry Collaborations has been set up in this regard.
Not far behind in the industry-institute interface is the teaching staff of MSRIT. Armed in its arsenal is a vast base of 350+ faculty staff members of which 50 percent are PhD holders and more than a 130 are pursuing the same and nearing completion. The faculty would very soon have 100 percent PhD holders. With a highly equipped teaching force, the institute confronts industrial needs with the latest teaching methods. Imbibing on a technique called Outcome Based Education, which is adopted by many foreign universities; MSRIT ensures result oriented delivery of the syllabus. The outcome of every course is kept intact and in focus while taught at the institution through the curriculum.
"We don't encourage our students to be bookworms. We concentrate on overall development," reveals Dr. Kulkarni about the curriculum at MSRIT. The principal also stresses on the four methods in execution: Creating a Contemporary Curriculum that meets the industry standards; Setting a Benchmark for the same through comparison; Making it flexible; and constantly revising the Curriculum. With a Board of Studies consisting of experts from industry, academia, and other R&D organizations; MSRIT incorporates changes in the curriculum and redesigns it based on the feedback from the students, faculty, industry and other stake-holders like research professors.
Bringing Research activities into frame, MSRIT has set research as the founding requirement for its functioning as a technical institute. "Research activities are amongst the highly stressed aspect for the faculty at MSRIT. The level of their involvement with research bears testimony to their appraisal. Hence we provide relentless support towards any research activity," unveils Dr. Suresh. The institution publishes a research journal called MSR Research Journal and has checks for plagiarism. The faculty at the institute has published over 500 research papers and students are encouraged to take up research projects which are in correlation to the industry. MSRIT has international collaborations with University of Stanford, University of Southern California where students are sent for projects. MSRIT at a top notch provides ample facilities that enable facilitation of research and live projects. The institute has one amongst the best infrastructure in terms of equipping the labs, classrooms and is a front runner in equipping the latest technology in academia.
A Well Established Alumni
The achievements of the alumni of MSRIT such as Sajjan Jindal, MD of Jindal Steel Impex; speak a story of the institute's success in carving industry professionals. Having a strong alumni base of 50000+ at leading positions in the industry, the institute is assisted by the alumni who come forward to help the students on industry insight.
With strong motives to emerge as a research organization and solve real world problems and contribute in the development of smart cities, MSRIT deploys its efforts in achieving more than its previous accolades. "We want to arrive at a stage where we are solution providers," concludes Dr. Kulkarni
Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni:
He is the principal of MSRIT. He has rich experience in both the industry and academia. Dr. Kulkarni worked as a Modeling Engineer and Project Leader at the GEC Plessy Semi-conductors, Plymoth, UK, and as a General Manager at the SASKEN Communication Technologies Ltd., Bangalore. He has also been a visiting faculty for a several universities abroad and has visited the UK and the USA on several assignments. Dr. Kulkarni is a consultant to several semiconductor companies in Bangalore.