The technology is changing rapidly around the world. However, the teaching in the tradition technical institutions in India have not evolved at the same pace to cater to the needs of today’s industries. “Technology is changing day by day. It is high time that we need to update the teaching methodologies, so that skilled performance of the manpower improves to meet the Industry needs,” opines Dr. A. C. Shanmugam, Chairman, ACS College of Engineering. It is true that we need to come with an innovative education plan and make vocational training a part of the mainstream education system and should be used as much as possible. Dr. Shanmugam adds, “We should also try to stop the loss of entire talented crowd to foreign countries by creating employment within the country so that employment aspirants do not have to go for and wide.”
ACS College of Engineering (ACSCE), an institution of academic excellence, was established in the year 2009 with a cherished desire to serve the cause of humanity through education. The institute provides highly Innovative, Skill Based University Affiliated Courses which accredit the Engineering aspirant students to get the right career break in the desired fields. “We not only provide quality education to the students but also groom them to face life with immense confidence. Our major focus is to empower students with second knowledge, wisdom, training both in the academic level and adequate care is taken to give every student an enjoyable well rounded and secure educational environment,” claims Dr. Shanmugam.
Affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi and has been approved by the All India Council of Technical Education, New Delhi, ACSCE offers technical education in a range of engineering disciplines including new age ones such as Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Bio-Medical Engineering. “Our vision is to engineer the future of the nation by transforming the students to be technically skilled managers, innovative leaders and environmentally respective citizens. Here, we work with a mission to implement a holistic approach in curriculum and pedagogy through Industry Integrated Interactions to meet the needs of Global Engineering Environment,” states Dr. Shanmugam.
The institute is managed by Moogamibigai Charitable and Educational Trust, which was founded in 1992 with the main objective of Promoting Higher Education in Karnataka. Various professional institutions like Medical, Dental, Nursing institutions and many more are functioning under the aegis of the Trust generally termed as RajaRajeswari Group of Institutions founded by the Chairman Dr. A. C. Shanmugam, B.A.LLB, FIMSA, FRCPS (Glasgow, UK). His pioneering vision and mission have contributed to the establishment of valued educational institutions.
Preparing Future-Ready Students
ACS College of Engineering is striving hard to prepare its students for Industry 4.0 and has taken several adequate measures to achieve it. The institute has entered more than 32 MoU’s with ISRO, Intel, UC Berkeley, Bosch, Pongu Ventures and many more to enhance the skill of the students. Dr. Shanmugam says, “We devote more attention for encouraging innovation and creativity among students. For instance, our MoU with Pongu Ventures helps in motivating the students to become more innovative and creative. We also have an Innovation Cell to take care of Innovation and creativity of students.” Recently, ACSCE held a Partners Meet by inviting CEO’s of 45 companies wherein 400 students were guided by the way of Startups, Placements, Internships, Projects, and so on. The institute also has an Entrepreneur Cell to motivate the students to start their own ventures and thus become job creator instead of the job seeker.
“We stimulate our students by giving them practical exposure. In addition to that, our extremely high-quality academic rigour provides the tools and knowledge necessary to meet the high aspirations of the students and parents and to achieve the goals set forth at the commencement of the program. In fact, we have dedicated career development like soft skills, leadership, development and event organization,” explains Dr. Shanmugam. ACSCE has a team of qualified and experienced faculty members, who bridge the gap between industry and Academic. They motivate the students to work at higher levels of their skills & abilities. Dr. Shanmugam shares, “We encourage faculty members by way of sponsoring them to various workshops, FDP’s and Technical Talks in order to enhance their teaching-learning methodology. Faculty members are also visiting industry to understand the latest trends.”
Recently, ACSCE hosted AICTE/MHRD’s Innovation Ambassador Training Program for SWRO organized by Institution Innovation Council and MHRD’s Innovation Cell. Around 400+ faculty members were participated in this event from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Andhra institutions. On the other side, the institute motivates its students to do the innovative project to meet the social needs and at present four projects have been filed for patenting on the name of ACS College of Engineering.
Dr. Shanmugam pinpoints, “At ACSCE, we follow several best practices in the education system such as face biometric attendance, a mentoring system, centralized internal assessment test, sending SMS to the parent for students monitoring and many more.” Undoubtedly, ACSCE equips its students not only with the technical knowledge to enable them to meet the challenges of global standards but also integrates value education, environmental awareness and communication skills into its curriculum to mould the students as responsible citizens. Today, the institute operates with many ambitious plans. “Our Mechanical Department is planning to enter into MoU with Toyota Kirloskar for Student Exchange Program. We will also be going for permanent affiliation from next academic year,” concludes Dr. Shanmugam.