WBJEE 2015: All About Engineering Education in West Bengal

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 19 Oct 2015
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Want to study engineering in West Bengal? Here’s your guide!

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If you’re looking at West Bengal as a destination to pursue engineering, then you’ve landed at just the right place for information!

Mr. Taranjit Singh, President - Association of Professional Academic Institutes (APAI), West Bengal & MD, JIS Group Educational Initiatives, has offered insights into the current scenario of engineering education in the state.

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Q. What is the present status of Engineering in West Bengal?

A. APAI laid the foundation of self-financed Engineering College in 1998, when it realized that the demand to study engineering was at an all-time high. Since then, West Bengal has produced 99 engineering colleges, among which 16 are Govt. while 83 are self-financed institutions. Furthermore, there has been an increase subject-wise in the field of engineering such as Bio-medical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Bio-technology etc. With self-financed institutions in the education domain now, advanced engineering subjects such as Marine Engineering is readily available, which earlier was only an expertise of govt. institutions.

Q. What’s the campus placement scenario in West Bengal engineering colleges?

A. There has been an increase in companies visiting colleges for campus placement. Besides this, we have seen an increase in the percentage of campus recruitments. Also, proper grooming and language labs in engineering colleges have groomed the students’ communication skills, which in turn has aided them in getting good placements in MNCs, software companies and core companies. We have also witnessed an increment of salary for technical graduates from West Bengal in the last few years. Furthermore, to keep up with the demands of the industry, placement cells in engineering colleges have sorted to innovation in placement related activities, leading to hike in recruitment percentage.

Q. Are the Eastern Indian students losing interest in engineering education?

A. Surely not. A clear justification of this is that recently, media reported that the top 50 students who have aced WBHSE in 2015 aspire to be a medical professional or an engineer! Unarguably, job opportunities in Engineering are on the rise with more and more investments in the IT sector; be it from the Central or Union government or from private investors. Plus, technical start-ups/ entrepreneurships booming in the Indian job market have opened doors for many in the last few years; a trend, which I believe, is here to stay.

Q. How are you ensuring the quality of Engineering Colleges under JIS group as you are the owner of the largest educational group of Eastern India?

A. JIS Group Educational Initiatives tries to maintain a world-class benchmark for students and faculty members through inclusion of suggestions from affiliate bodies and reputed universities. JIS comes equipped with state-of-art-technologies & innovative teaching methods like the Wipro Mission 10x methodologies and Infosys Campus connect courses. Faculty wise, there are over 1500 qualified faculty members with 308 Ph.D. holders. The Group has AICTE sponsored Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) and Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) for providing the students with best possible education advantage. In addition, there are 222 specialised departmental laboratories and the libraries house over 3 lakh books and over 5 thousand journals. There are special Language Labs enabled by Personality, Attitude, Communication and Knowledge (PACK) leading to a fully interactive and multi-sensory learning experience for students in every college of JIS Group.

Q. What is the future of Engineering in India?

A. Does India need so many engineers? Are they all employable? These are some of the often-asked questions today. In this global era, there is a dire need for knowledgeable and talented engineering graduates with the right attitude. There are ample job opportunities for those who are willing to experiment. Self-employment for innovative and energetic minds is also on the rise. So yes, the future of engineering looks bright, not just in India but internationally as well!

 

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