Where to be where not to be is the biggest question. And no one who has crossed the bridge can say that the bridge was not a very unnerving expedition. Study hard. Win the 12th with your strongest strike and you will hit the jackpot. Students strive hard to strike hard so that they can knock at the doors of adulthood with all the confidence they can humanly muster. Thus they aim with the best arrow from their arsenal. Once spent, they feel cheated, as that’s not where the struggle stops…it has just begun.
The frown deepens and student is most nervous and vulnerable at this juncture. Even someone who has chosen his dream field and discovered his passion and is all set to take the world now doesn’t know, how?
Whom to trust?
Where is it that he will get the best guidance and avenue where his energies will be best channelized?
I, Being associated with various Engineering and Management colleges as a Soft Skills Trainer get to work with students. I experience their most defenceless facet and trust me when I say that, it makes me extremely jittery and guilt ridden. As a senior I want to be able to do my bit to address their alarm.
For a recent assignment, I visited an Engineering College located at Kukas, Jaipur, called Arya College. Truthfully, I thought it would be yet another run of the mill College offering Engineering course to unsuspecting students. Selling them a dream which may or may not be realised. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.
What I saw, was the main campus of Arya College spread in a welcoming 21 acres of lush green surroundings, and it’s extremely student centric management. The management with their ears to the ground, so that the student is not left in a lurch once they pass out.
I visited their Advanced Labs and the State of the Art infrastructure of the Labs they have established to implement the theoretical learning. Faculty encourage each student to ‘learn by doing’. The method of teaching being participative and progressive. Strong research orientation is their strength benefitting the student in understanding and implementing the Art of Engineering on the ground.
Speaking with the students gave me, an insight into their work, on a bouquet of technologies, a few left indelible impressions like a Moving Humanoid, which works on Artificial Intelligence and is super compliant.
A Robotic Arm which can prove to be a boon to a person with no arm. The Robotic Arm takes its instructions from the owner of the arm and moves like a regular arm and is wonderfully amenable!! Arya has decided to patent it.
According to the latest news reports the Air Drone Craze is in full swing in most countries and consumer DRONE MAKERS are flooding the market with new 2018 Quad copter models all the time. Interestingly, Arya Group of Colleges is in tandem with world of Electric Aviation and its students have engineered a Quad copter model- Drone.
MSME Labs , Linux Labs and Foss Labs by IIT Mumbai , C-DAC oriented Java Labs and Artificial Intelligence Labs are a few other building blocks of the Edifice called Arya. I’m impressed because I had not expected such mindfulness from a private college of Jaipur. While speaking to the Faculty my understanding was that, Arya’s aim is to impart education of the highest quality to the young minds, instil them with specialized training, provide opportunities for innovation and research, and inspire them to be knowledgeable, professional, and competent individuals.
The faculty is among the best in the world in their areas of interest. They impart education for exceptional careers in Engineering and related fields.
My interaction with Arya’ Student Development Cell was equally revealing, the cell is organised to work on the development of the student’s personality right from the moment he sets his foot in the College Campus to the day he moves to the world of corporate. With high hopes and higher confidence. One gets to read more than enough data and articles which say that more than 80% of Engineering students are not employable, indicating a significant skill gap.
Arya happens to leverage upon the Corporate initiatives and they have evolved a lot many Student Development Programs right from training on the basic language (since engineering students are rarely conversant in English) to advanced Interview skills. Arya College has partnered with Infosys for their Corporate Connect program. They have hired SCOUT a Pune based top notch company to work upon the soft skills and personality development of their students.
With every passing year the gap between the industry’s technical growth and subsequent requirements have changed 100 folds while the Engineering syllabus never seem to budge at all. Arya has bridged the gap by building quality work experience, opportunities more widespread. They have invited the industry heavy weights like BOSCH and GOOGLE to impart the updated courses to students and stitched various Faculty Development Programs to make sure that the lecturers at Arya are well versed with what is new technical know-how in the industry. The uncertainty around skills is absolutely lethal and I see this being the foremost mission of the Cell to remove the ignorance.
To make students work ready, it was heartening to see that Arya is looking for the right solutions like Apprenticeship and Students exchange program at a phenomenal level.
A College with a soul is how I would describe the Arya College. The College Management has put to good use its huge experience and vintage.