This was when AICTE and CII launched their first report on industry-academia linkages. The focus then was only on engineering institutes approved by AICTE in six basic subject streams — mechanical, civil, electronics and communications, computer and IT, electrical and chemical. Only those institutes that had been established for 10 years or more were eligible to participate and they also had to offer three out of the given six streams of engineering.
In 2013, the scope was ­substantially expanded to include all streams of engineering and the disciplines of ­management, pharmacy and architecture. ­Uni-stream engineering ­institutes, such as the ones offering only computer and IT, chemical or petro-engineering were also eligible to participate if they fulfilled the other conditions of the basic criteria.
Participating institutes had to fill the forms online. The institutes shortlisted were inspected by members of a select jury and the ones that scored the most were given awards.
The ratings, as you will read inside, were on the basis of faculty, placements, curriculum, research and consultation, infrastructure and governance.
What we at HT Education have done in our special edition is profile a few of the institutes that have had the best ratings. Divided into two books — one for engineering and the other for business, we see what theinstitutes have had to offer, the faculty they invite for interactions with students and, most importantly, the projects they work on with the industry.
Some of the collaborations have been very fruitful. Not only have the industries received help for product improvement or development, the students and faculty working on the projects have been empowered by the experience. Students connecting with experts from the industry and doing internships are thus more employable, confident and well versed in the art of communicating. For both industries and institute, this is a win-win proposition that can only gather strength in the coming years.