India, a developing country, is experiencing a complete change in the technological trends due to liberalization and globalization approach adapted by its government. In the view of the changes in the industrial policy of the government, it has almost become mandatory for the industries to give top most priority to the quality of their total activities in addition to the quality of their products. Quality at competitive prices is the order of the day. There is a sea change in industrial culture at present. The engineering graduates entering into such establishments must at least be aware of such culture. The onus, of course, is on the technical institutions to provide such technical personnel who can be readily accepted by the industries.
It is obvious that the greater portion of demand for the skilled labor can be met with the outputs from the technical institutions in the country. Excepting a few premiere institutions, the quality of the output from the institution, by and large, is not upto the expectations of the end users. Many of the industries have certain reservations in the basic curriculum adapted and feel that the state of art technology is not being taught. There is, in fact, an astonishing gap between what is expected out of an engineering graduate and the way he is being trained in the institutions. As a result, technical establishments are finding it difficult to get people who can satisfy their requirements. Although a lot has been said about the industry-institute interaction, what has really been done in this direction is far below the desired level.
Technological advancement taking place round the world are at such an amazing pace, it has become difficult even for the industries to accommodate those changes at the same pace. Technical institutions cannot ignore the rate at which the technological scenario is changing. Perhaps, it is now and never before, the industries and institutions in India have started realizing the fact that they can no longer live in isolation. Instead, they have to depend on each other for their growth and betterment. There is a growing feeling that the institution must become a bridge between the ever changing industry and the technology. It is also felt that the industries must remove all their apprehensions and develop understanding with the institutions to enable a meaningful interaction between the two. At the same time, the institutions must come out of their inertia and strive hard to lend a helping hand to the industries. It is important to note that the task of imparting practical training to the engineering graduates and engineering teachers is not an exclusive job of institutes alone. Industries must shift their stand from being a customer alone to institutes and become partner in the practical education of students and faculty.