A vast pool of English speaking young population coupled with sound technical education as a passport to good life has turned India into an engineering power house.
The challenge now will be in equipping this young talent pool adequately to develop competency and shrink the experience curve in acquiring the domain expertise. The real engineering where you design, build and test things which you can touch, feel and experience.
India’s Engineering Potential
India’s ability to generate a large pool of engineering talent has resulted in Indian companies with global aspirations to set up product and development centers in India.
With a number of engineering colleges offering quality education and churning out thousands of competent engineers, English being the medium of instruction for these to access and assimilate the latest happenings in engineering and technology, and the cultural affinity of Indians to master math, science and engineering create huge storehouse of highly literate engineering potential.
India is an extremely price sensitive market. This fact forces the localization of products to suit the local buying preferences. And this in turn creates the need to craft products for local needs.
Now bridging the gap between classroom learning and practical engineering experience has become the need of the hour. But, with the realization fast sinking in about the present lack of domain expertise, few if any, professional institutions are scrambling for solutions.
How Structured Internship Programs Help
One of these is an internship program for those who are pursuing or have finished engineering.
Recently featured in news was the story of a ‘smart glove’ called MUDRA developed by four students at Amrita School of Engineering’s Amrita Robotics Research Lab (ARRL) at the Begaluru campus.
This lightweight ‘smart glove’ enables the speech-impaired to communicate with one another by converting hand gestures based on Indian sign language into spoken English.
There is more to this ‘smart glove’ than that meets the eye. According to its inventors this can be reprogrammed for a range of applications where motor-sensor technology plays an important role. Gaming stations, virtual reality, remote control of devices, robotics and medical industry.
But, the crowing achievement is its price compared to similar gesture-sensing products available today. The prototype was built in 16 weeks at a cost of INR 7500. So, here is a product filling in a burning need, locally designed, produced and tested for the local market. This is what any company desiring to tap into the Indian market should be ideally doing.
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