03 December, 2020

“Tech Graduates In India Have Zero Hands-On ­Experience”

Are the engineers employed in India today competent enough? IISc professor Dr Vinay Vishwanathan highlights the loopholes in engineering education suystem...

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“Tech Graduates In India Have Zero Hands-On ­Experience”

For the past seven years, Dr Vinay Viswa­nathan has been plugged into India’s engineering education system trying to fill a gap in hands-on learning through his firm JED-I Technologies. It’s far from a promising situation, reckons the co-inventor of the Simputer—the hand-held, multilingual computer which preceded India’s telecom boom and which, even after 15 years, still remains one of the few examples of a novel product that came out of Indian academia. Vinay, a former computer science professsor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), tells Ajay Sukumaran that one of the main problems is that students are ­typically burnt out by the time they reach an engineering course. Edited excerpts:

You set up your firm JED-I (Joy of Engineering, Design and Innovation) to address a specific gap. Can you take us through that?

Around 2010-11, we (Vinay and co-founder Swami Manohar) had alr­eady spent around 10 years as entrepreneurs (both in Strand Lifesciences and PicoPeta)....



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