It is a matter of great satisfaction that India has been promoting engineering education in the country over the last few years. Engineering colleges in the country have been growing at 20 per cent a year. According to the All India Council for Technical Education, India produced 4,01,791 engineers in 2003-04. In 2004-05, the number of engineering graduates increased to 4,64,743. Compared to India, the United States produces only 70,000 engineering graduates every year. All of Europe produces just 1,00,000.
But despite this engineering boom in India and rise in number of colleges, the quality of Indian engineers is questionable. According to a McKinsey Global Institute study on the emerging global labour market, India produces a large number of engineering graduates every year, but multinationals find that just 25 per cent of them are employable. Moreover, the growing centres of Higher education including those of engineering and technology, which were expected to radiate learning, develop technical skills, discipline and a sense of responsibility in the students towards the nation, seem to be breathing violence, indiscipline, strikes and political groupism.
Improving the suitability of graduates is far from simple, but it can be achieved gradually with careful planning and powerful execution. Aryavart Institute of Technology and Management is trying to take an initiative for it. It strives to develop professionals in the field of engineering and management who are globally competitive and locally responsive. Recognizing that the goal of education is to develop a broad and humanistic outlook among students, the Institute runs unique educational intervention and enrichment programmes. In sum, besides technical excellence, the congenial atmosphere at the Institute and various activities conducted here promote culture, sports, self-governance, and values, all of which help the students towards becoming complete human beings.
Most institutions measure their success through the placement record of their students. We are also planning and stepping ahead to do exceedingly well on this count. However, we intend to measure our success by the type of professionals raised here having high academic calibre and unblemished character, nurtured with a strong motivation and commitment to serve humanity; by the research done at the Institute; and the positive impact of technologies developed here on industry and society.
Finally, I wish that the students, taking admission at Aryavart, would be knowledge seeker, rather than a routine job seeker. They would have keenness to work hard, aptitude for serious studies, desire to develop innovative indigenous technologies having the potential to make a global impact and willingness to live up to the Institute's vision and mission.