July 16, 2010 3:56:29 am
In an effort to promote techno-entreprenuership,the consortium of National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other engineering colleges will soon launch a magazine featuring innovative projects designed by students.
The initiative,spearheaded by Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT),Surat,marks a paradigm shift in the focus of engineering colleges that have traditionally sought to achieve 100 per cent placement for their students,said sources close to the development.
SVNIT Director Professor P D Porey said he took part in meetings to discuss the plan.
His institute will support the initiative financially and otherwise,he said.
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Akshat Brahmbhatt,a student of the institute,who is part of the team that came up with the proposal,said the magazine will be available both in the printed and online form.
A printed magazine is a good option,but it will be difficult to send it everywhere. So we decided for the online version as well, he said.
The circulation is being aimed at all engineering colleges,industry associations and heads of industries that might not necessarily be affiliated with an association.
About 5 to 6 lakh engineering college students have been identified and their comments sought,while their colleges are being contacted,Brahmbhatt added.
Meetings have been held with some directors of engineering colleges in Saurashtra (where there is a large concentration of SMEs),and with Professor Anil B Sasasrabuddhe,director of the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP). All meetings turned out positive,sources said.
The magazine will have various sections like new entrepreneur,Q and A,interviews and opinions of industry heads.
Hiranmay Mahanta,an SVNIT alumni and MD of techpedia.in (an online database of final-year engineering projects),said the magazine signals a shift in outlook among students and institutes where the stress have always been on placement.
Now there are a large number of students competent and confident enough to set up their own businesses or attract investments and tie-up with businesses, he said.
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