From 156 entries received in the first of its kind survey of industry linkages of technical institutes last year, the number has increased to 1,050 this year—a phenomenal 673% jump.
Sharing the key findings of the survey which was initiated in 2012 by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Chairman, AICTE, Dr Mantha said that initiatives such as this survey were important to improve the quality of higher education.
To improve quality, he said, it was important to take along the bottom of the pyramid students. Otherwise, while quality will improve easily, it will not be inclusive.
The overall findings show that institutes vary considerably in the extent of their industry linkages, and that some forms of linkage are more easy to achieve than others.
Institutes find it harder to demonstrate strong industry linkage in their ability to file patents and other intellectual property rights, or the extent to which they make technology transfers to industry, the survey notes.