Development of the country depends on the rural transformation, especially in a country like India, where more than half of the population lives in its villages. Among this rural population, many talented ones are in search of right guidance. Helping to realize the dream of rural youth is Swarnandhra College of Engineering (SCET), which laid its foundation in Seetharampuram village in Andhra Pradesh. "Students from the village areas are found to be equally brilliant like other students. The only hindrance that pulls them behind is their poor communication skills. We lay our focus in improving their language from the day one," Dr. S. Ramesh Babu, Secretary, Swarnandhra College of Engineering.
The institute provides the students the opportunities and exposures to improve their communication skills by organizing varieties of Fests, seminars and workshops. A number of activities are devised aimed at developing students in the area of soft skills. "As part of Soft Skills, we are conducting classes and providing training in vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, resume writing and interview skills. Activities such as JAM, group discussion, debate, oral presentation and role play/situational dialogue are conducted to develop students' communication skills," adds Dr. Babu.
At SCET, the students are able to connect with a network of various organizations, providing the added depth of learning
Among these, the activities held by Jawahar Knowledge Centre, which is established in the SCET campus, are an added advantage to the students. This innovative and pioneering initiative of SCET brings them an opportunity to mingle with the students of other colleges and also provides opportunities to work with the industries. "It is an intensive training platform for our students and through these platforms, our students get to know the scope of these courses and further, they also get the openings related to their career decisions," claims Dr. Babu. With the inclusion of activities and industry collaborations, the institute helps the students to gain an excellent theoretical cum practical knowledge base. The activities of various clubs in the campus and the student chapters like ISTE, IEEE, CSI and Entrepreneurship Development Cell ensure that the SCET students are dynamic and are well groomed in social and event management skills.
At SCET, the students are able to connect with a network of various organizations, providing the added depth of learning. "Industrial visits allow the students to gain first hand insight of a company's day-to-day operations and learn about the challenges faced by organizations and how they overcome them," claims Dr. Babu. To add on, guest speakers from industry have become an important part of education in the college. The management and the faculties always strive to rope in industry experts, fine academicians and entrepreneurs to deliver guest talks at the campus. "The guest speakers enhance our student learning as well as improve the relation between academics and industry. These sessions also help in extending the network of professors and students," adds Dr. Babu.
Started with three courses in ECE, CSE and IT, the institute has added other streams in engineering like EEE, CE and ME in its journey of more than 16 years. Today, SCET functions with an autonomous status. "The autonomous has helped us in continuously revising the curriculum and we are also able to keep up with the updated trends and needs of the modern business and industry," says Dr Babu. This technology driven pedagogical approach, delivered by well qualified and dedicated faculty ensures that the students who graduate from SCET are a class apart from the rest. The faculty works towards not just developing knowledge, but also instilling the right attitude and skills in the students for a holistic education relevant in a globalized context. "Together, with a world class infrastructure, faculty expertise and employability oriented teaching, we will raise the institutional glory and pride to new heights so that our students achieve the professional career of their dreams," concludes Dr. Babu.