Like every stream of studies, engineering education has undergone overwhelming change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The closed campuses have taken the studies out of classrooms and labs, which was considered as imperatives in an engineering student’s life. Faculty members are forced to adopt new technology for teaching and figure out how to turn a hands-on education into a remote practice. With these, the tech-fests, seminars, sports, industrial visits, and socializing – ultimately, the college experience is now at risk.
However, the ongoing crisis has provided the academicians and administrators with a freehand to innovate existing practices and policies in technical education. The colleges and universities need to consider this an opportunity to emerge stronger and find solutions that would help us address the immediate issues and the longer term. Along with incorporating blended learning, the engineering curriculum creators also need to think of including inter-disciplinary concepts. For instance, computer science is becoming fundamental to most disciplines, and all other streams must adopt this new reality.
In this issue, we have hand-picked “25 Must-Watch Engineering Colleges in India” who have invested in their teaching-learning resources and considerably improved the quality of education during this unprecedented time. On the cover, we feature Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT) Bengaluru that has emerged as one of the most sought-after destinations for engineering education in the country and abroad.