Skilling Engineers for Global Competence

Globalization has not only boosted businesses across the world, but has also brought excellent educational opportunities for students to compete in the global market. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one such technology that’s becoming increasingly relevant across many disciplines, including engineering. As AI continues to adapt and become a significant part of our daily lives, the Management of St. Vincent Pallotti College of Engg. & Tech., Nagpur, has introduced first-of-its-kind summer internship program in collaboration with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU), Pennsylvania, USA.

The objective of this association is to create an avenue for students to gain deeper knowledge of current technical trends in the field of IOT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Techprenuership, etc. As a first step, a batch of 13 students from the College underwent a month long advanced course on Artificial Intelligence, that exposed them to latest developments in Industry and to global teaching methodologies. The course contained a number of practical case studies, visits to software companies in the US utilizing AI in their everyday business. More of such programs with other US Universities too are being planned in the coming years.  Director of the College Fr. George Madeikkal, and faculty members Prof. Limaye and Prof. Dhundi accompanied these students. Prof. Suresh Rangankar, Skill Development Co-ordinator and faculty of the ETC Department, coordinated the entire program.

One of the student interns, Harsh Topiwala, enthusiastically expressed his views saying “Going straight into a new and totally different culture can sometimes be a shock and a challenge, nonetheless it helps in our personal growth. I experienced new things, became respectful of the culture, learned how to be humble and independently take decisions”.

Another feather in the cap was signing of an MOU with Harrisburg University, where students will get a US degree studying in India for two years and completing the remaining two at Harrisburg. Students can also apply for an MS program which has a unique feature called CPT(Curriculum Practical Training), providing  students a paid internship to help cover tuition and living expenses. Director of the College, Fr. George also visited Ottawa University, Kansas City and College of St. Rose, Albany, where similar discussions of working out an MOU is in the process.

Student intern Arpa Ray, adds, “if you open the website of any major company today, you will see that they have invested heavily in AI. This program provided us a way to take one step forward in the right direction”.

As a followup, on 24 July, representatives from HU Dr. Frank Trocki and Dr. Preetha Ram, Dr. Ms Marylou Dewald, Ottawa University and Dr. Emin Hajiyev, College of St. Rose,  visited SVPCET and interacted with students. They explained various courses and facilities available and admission procedures.

This international platform has certainly triggered students to go beyond domestic boundaries and be globally competent.  As one of the interns added, “it was such a humbling experience to know how different the world is, and yet at the same time, how similar our lives are”.

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