Academia-industry Interaction - The Solution for Skill-gap in Industry
Educational institutions of repute that offer professional courses have realized the growing significance of collaborating with industry. Without getting a pulse of the industry, its changing demands, and expectations from potential employees, academia cannot hope to provide students the right skills required to be a successful professional.
With this objective in mind, many educational institutions have revisited their curriculum, course structure and faculty selection policy to make it more industry-centric. They hope to create a tangible impact with combined credibility rather than in isolation.
While the curriculum has been revamped to provide students with real case studies and organizational situations, the course structure has been changed to include internships and sessions from industry experts. Academic qualifications and industrial experience have been assigned equal weightage while recruiting faculty who can share their practical knowledge with students.
Such proactive measures result in students who understand the corporate world and require little or no training to become a part of it. Organizations have also identified the need for taking a step towards facilitating the educational institutions in this regard.
Organizations can partner with educational institutions to offer ongoing interaction in the form of seminars, industrial visits, short-term and long-term internships and placements for students. Apart from the technical skills, industry experts can also suggest the soft skills and values they would look for in potential employees.
Only such a synergistic association will help students cross barriers and meet the industry expectations, resulting in a match between skill available and role requirement.