Wherever you are from, whatever your interests are or whichever industry you work in, you will have come across a tale about how ‘data’ is changing the way we live and work. The importance of data and automation has become so prominent in the world. We are already feeling it, and some of us are even worrying about it. Whenever there is a discussion on this topic, somebody would always ask, ‘Will robots take our jobs?’ Well, we are not sure about which all jobs will remain for us, but, we do not need to worry if we take the time to understand what is happening, why is it happening, and why it doesn’t have to happen to us.
In fact, every generation sees new tools coming in to make daily life more efficient. Apparently, during the Third Industrial Revolution, between 1972 and 2010, the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector fell 35 per cent. Now, we are part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the words of leading economists from the World Economic Forum (WEF), we are living in the Cyber-Physical Age, where the physical world will integrate with the digital world through sensors and devices connecting everything and everyone. So, do we need to panic, as many of our jobs be gone with the next decade? We have two options; run around with our hair on fire awaiting doom and gloom or start preparing ourselves with the skills required to stay one step ahead of the robots.
To help students India who are looking for a cutting-edge higher education that will prepare them to be the leaders of Industry 4.0, we have come with a list of ‘College of the Year 2020.’ In this issue, we have handpicked educational institutions across the country that are striving hard to give the students an in-depth mastery of the academic disciplines and applied functional areas necessary to every student’s success.