In the highly competitive world of the 21st century, it is fruitless to argue the fact that it has become necessary to think of the future while applying for higher education. The fact that higher education provides ammunition for later life has been cited as one of the main reasons for students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Majority of the students are on a look-out for a course and university that helps them feel secure about their future. Universities which have outstanding placement records are on the go-to list of students. Students are in search of a degree which can give them a stable career.
This is where industry tie-ups are useful for not only universities but students as well. Collaborations with industries can provide a chance for the students to gain practical insights into the working of the corporate machinery. Students also get a chance to study from curated courses designed with the consultation of various industries.
Industry collaborations and exposure is becoming increasingly important in the current economic climate. This kind of exposure helps students to understand their theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience.
Industry visits help students to gain knowledge through inquiry. It allows students to have an interactive session with the workers which proves to be an amazing learning opportunity.
Here are some of the key benefits of industry exposure during education:
1.Clarity about management concepts:
The management aspects of industries are not essential only for management students but for all students in general. At least once in your entire professional life, you will be expected to step up to the role of a manager or leader, irrespective of your field.
Exposure to various industrial firms helps students to take a look into the working of the corporate hierarchy. This makes it easier for them to step into the shoes of a manager as and when the situation demands.
2.The working aspect of education:
Industry visits have proven to be one of the best sources to gain practical knowledge of the theoretical concepts that students learn within the four walls of a classroom. This gives them a chance to understand the working aspect of education.
Seeing the academic concepts being employed in real life enhances their understanding capability. It also helps them retain the knowledge for future use. Simultaneously, it makes them ready for the industry.
3.Identifying the prospective area of work:
As said earlier, industrial visits pave the way for an interactive session between students and workers. This helps students get information about their area of interest. It also allows students to ask questions and get their doubts cleared.
These sessions also help students understand the multifaceted aspects of a job. Additionally, it gives them an opportunity to form ties and expand their professional network.
4.Developing employability skills:
Employers today are not only interested in the marks of a student while looking for potential employees. They also look for practical skills in a candidate which are found to be just as important as academic knowledge, sometimes more important too.
Industrial exposure helps the students understand the functional aspects of a job. These help them develop their logical and critical thinking skills. At the same time, it also helps them enhance their communication and interpersonal skills. This proves to be very useful when students appear for post-course interviews and during placements.
Various seminars, lectures and internships are also organised with the aid of industries. This helps the students to gain the knowledge required to succeed in the industry after education.
Recognising the importance of industry exposure and keeping in line with their motto of learning by doing, Sir Padampat Singhania University in Udaipur has forged various industrial collaborations. Through these collaborations, the university aims to provide the students with the best resources for their corporate life.
Here are their industrial collaborations:
1.CISCO Networking Academy:
CISCO is an American technology giant based out of California. It is a multinational conglomerate that develops, manufactures and sells high-technology services and products.
SPSU has been recognised as a Cisco Center of Excellence and Instructor Training Center for other colleges and universities. The University also has a CISCO Certified Instructor Trainer. The CCNA courses have been running in the University since 2011.
2.ASME Student Section:
ASME stands for American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It is a not-for-profit membership organisation that empowers coordinated efforts, knowledge sharing, professional advancement, etc. across all engineering disciplines.
This forum encourages thought processes which benefit lives and livelihood and the society at large. SPSU has been running this cell since the past 5 years.
3.Hitachi Rail Systems Ltd., Japan
SPSU is one of the pioneering institutes which has introduced rail transport engineering course. In order to provide its students with real-life experience, SPSU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hitachi Rail Systems Ltd. in Japan.
Hitachi is a Japanese multinational conglomerate and one of the prominent names in railway technology. Under the MoU between the company and University, selected students get an opportunity to undergo an eight week paid internship programme at Hitachi Rail Systems Ltd. in Japan.
4.Reliance Jio Center of Excellence
The Sir Padampat Singhania University signed MoU with Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd. and established “Reliance Jio Center of Excellence ” at SPSU. This is an exclusive Reliance Jio Center of Excellence in South Rajasthan. Under this centre, multiple skill development and training workshop is organized for the students.
A course has also been designed keeping in mind Reliance Jio’s business and work profile. Students can get special training and those who clear it will receive a certificate of completion from Reliance Jio Infocom. Reliance Jio will also offer internship and placement opportunities to students.
It is very clear that in the new age of work it is necessary to have an ace up your sleeve which sets you apart from your peers. Graduating from a university which gives you ample of industry exposure will definitely give you an edge to make it in this world of cut-throat competition.