Mysuru: The Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) has launched COMEDcares, a program to set up innovation hubs across Karnataka to enhance the quality of the institutions. It aims to support engineering students to stay up to date on the latest developments in technology.
In Mysore, the Innovation Hub was launched yesterday on Ooty Road, next to the Kamath Madhuvana Hotel. It has been established in collaboration with QS iGauge, a world-renowned quality rating company.
Dean of Faculty of Engineering at VTU and Principal of Vidyavardhak College of Engineering, Dr. B.K. Sadashiv Gowda, Dr. CG Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSS Mahavidyapeeth, Dr. AN Santosh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, JSS University of Science and Technology, CII Mysore President Supriya Salian and Former Mysore University Syndicate member HA Venkatesh and others were present at the event.
The center will run courses that will complement the students’ learning in addition to their regular college curriculum. Starting December 17, the centers are running a summer internship program followed by two six-month courses on innovation and design thinking. Programs in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Augmented Reality will be introduced in due course.
The fee for these courses will be minimal to ensure affordability. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has extended support recognizing the merits of such centres.
Talking about the initiative, Dr. MR Jayaram, President, COMEDK said that today’s jobs and workplaces are becoming increasingly technology-intensive. Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Meta are the buzzwords currently.
“Today, most engineering students are not industry ready and hence, need practical experience to augment their theoretical lessons. Given the rapid pace at which technology and skills are evolving, a student needs to have up-to-date technical knowledge as well as suitable employable soft skills.
“The objective of these centers is to enable the students of our engineering colleges to undertake projects, gain experience and nurture them into compassionate and capable technocrats. The design of the program is in line with the National Education Policy and ultimately inculcates the spirit of entrepreneurship Will promote and improve employability.
P. Muralidhar, CEO, ERA Foundation, said that the youth should be made more hardworking and employable. “Over the past decade, governments have launched a number of programs to help young people reach their full potential. COMEDKARES is also a step in this direction which aligns college education and skill development,” he added.
Phase 1 of the initiative will have eight innovation hubs in Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Belagavi and four innovation hubs in Bengaluru. The hubs will be equipped with high-end equipment (wood routing, laser cutting, 3D printers, AR-VR equipment, hand tools, computer software and UI-UX tools, etc.).
why hub is important
Innovation hubs assume importance as technological advancements have created new challenges for engineers, which has helped in incorporating new practices in the engineering curriculum. As a result, engineers must have a clear understanding and goal in order to implement a project.
In fact, according to one study, only 7 percent of engineering graduates can handle core engineering tasks. Furthermore, data from the Ministry of Human Resource Development says that there are 6,214 engineering and technology institutes in India enrolling 2.9 million students, and about 1.5 million engineers enter the job market every year. However, they lack the skills required for employment.
COMEDKARES is an initiative to help students of member institutions become job ready through skill enhancement courses focusing on Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, etc.