After years of functioning in isolation, engineering colleges in the city are coming together to share resources, mentor new colleges, combine research and work together.
This model of resource sharing is common among national institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), but now 40 colleges affiliated with the University of Mumbai are forming a consortium.
They came together for their first meeting last week. Known colleges such as Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Vidyalankar Insititute of Technology (VIT) and KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering participated in the event called Pivot 2010.
“With technology developing at such a pace we all need to pool in our resources. From research projects to mentorship, colleges will form a common database which will be useful for all,” said Seema Shah from VIT, the college that organised the first meeting.
Cloud computing and information infrastructure was the agenda for the first meeting. “From the next semester the university has introduced information storage retrieval and disaster recovery, so we will work together on training faculty to teach the new subject,” added Shah. Colleges feel such a consortium is essential for technical institutes. “We need to reinvent the wheel to grow. The technology sector is the fastest growing and the more resources and experience we pool in the better,” said SK Narayankhedker, principal, Indira Gandhi College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai.
Research and development rage at IIT-B
Research and development (R&D) got another boost on the second day of campus placements at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) on Thursday. On Wednesday, for the first time an R&D profile was offered in the first slot of the first day of placements. On Thursday, 25 students were offered research-oriented profiles from a single multi-national company (MNC). While the first day offer was made by Procter & Gamble, a consumer goods company, on Thursday the offers came from an engineering sector MNC. “This is the first time that there are so many offers for the R&D profile and students are ecstatic,” said Ravi Sinha, chairman, IIT-B placements.