Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with L&T EduTech for experiential learning. The partnership aims to prepare the university’s B.Tech Civil Engineering students for the job market by giving them a better understanding of industry requirements and hands-on experience in the construction industry. The collaboration will allow students to attend advanced courses taught by both university faculty and industry experts from L&T, as well as access advanced course materials and qualify for internships at L&T.
One of the goals of this partnership is to address the gap between academia and practical industry knowledge. The construction industry has undergone significant changes in recent decades, and it is important for universities to incorporate these changes into their curriculum. For example, modern surveying techniques like drone surveys are becoming more prevalent in the industry, so it’s important for students to learn these methods instead of just traditional tools like chain survey, theodolite, and plane table.
The collaboration will also expose students to the current industry challenges and equip them with contemporary knowledge. This will give them an edge in the job market and prepare them to handle industry obstacles from the start of their careers. The curriculum will include 11 advanced courses and two internships, covering topics such as geospatial remote sensing, sustainable building design, building information modelling, the design and construction of structural steel buildings, metro rail transportation design and construction, and high planning and functional design.
This will strive to achieve the same by equipping the students with contemporary knowledge. This would eventually give students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham an edge over others in the career market. Er. Febin said that “Since they know how to meet the industry challenges, they would be an asset to any company. Currently, companies spend approximately 6 to 12 months to train the fresh graduates to address industry challenges. However, if the students receive this training at college, they are prepared to handle the obstacles from the start of their work. The training must expose students to advanced industry practices and would increase students’ skill set which in turn contribute to their employability.”
Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan, Dean – Faculty of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham remarked that “This collaboration is a great step towards bridging the Academia-Industry gap and will ensure that Amrita students are ready to tackle technology challenges. Amrita students can register on the L&T-supported talent exchange platform as part of the collaboration. This site is intended to serve as the industry’s entry point for finding students with specific skill sets for their projects. Once more, this raises the likelihood that Amrita students will be hired immediately after graduation,”.
In addition, industry experts will offer technical seminars to students on industry needs and necessary skill sets, and students will have the opportunity to register for additional online courses offered by L&T and enroll in internships at L&T at the end of the second and third years. The collaboration will also involve an active interaction between university faculty and L&T experts, allowing faculty to become aware of recent trends in the construction sector and reorient their research towards solving industry-defined problems. This will benefit both faculty and students, and contribute positively towards the nation’s sustainable development.