Recently I facilitated the doHow® Engineering Graduate Success Edition Engagement Game sessions for engineering graduate students in two engineering colleges. One 70+ years old, one of the top 3 engineering colleges in Bengaluru and the other almost 20 years old featuring lower down the list of engineering colleges in Bengaluru.
The number of students in both were about 100 and the duration was the same – about 60 minutes. Teams with 2, 3 or 4 students mostly made up of students sitting in was row played the doHow® Game. Of course, the background and the quality of the students was quite different. I am writing only the commonalities that I observed in both the sessions.
In both the cases, I reflected my student days in early 1980s. The life was totally a different one, but for some of my friends having a bike or scooter and most of us having a cycle. Many had a B&W TV at home, some Colour TV and few had VCRs too. Whereas now, everyone has a Smartphone with unlimited APPs connected through high speed internet – an unimaginable access to information, which was not at all easy in our days.
Our main activity was chatting and imagining the world outside as we spent hours discussing on various topics in groups. Whereas, now the main activity seems to be interacting with the Smartphone. This contrasting situation kept me thinking, if the younger generation who are exponentially better informed that mine fundamentally lack in people and soft skills!
Shouldn’t the schools and colleges be introducing standard activities as part of the curriculum where the students are required to just discuss and imaging ways of further improving our society? Could facilitating such discussions is a challenge to the faculty, who have been so used to delivering lectures and teaching from the prescribed books, what the students probably already know? Is this the reason why industry keeps complaining that today’s graduates are not employable?
When it comes to employability, I believe the following three attributes are fundamentally necessary.
I wonder if our education system if addressing these three issues or remodeling the syllabus to teach the actual industry practices, which the employer in any case will do during the orientation?
Happy thinking for a better society!