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St. Xavier’s Technical Institute, Mahim, Mumbai, held its annual convocation function on September 20, 2016. The convocation event is a time for passed out students to savour the achievement of completing the diploma course in the institute and receive the well deserved diploma certificate and award. And also, it is a time to reflect upon and embrace the future challenges on the road to becoming a skilled and a successful technician and engineer in various areas of technology and services. The function began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by motivating speeches by the dignitaries, diploma awards and certificates distribution, and finally the convocation blessings and oath.
Dr. Shivaji B. Ghungrad, Principal, St. Xavier’s Technical Institute, provided the gist of the annual academic report pertaining to faculty training, performance of students and other academic achievements, including the conduct and success of the national level event NEXTECH 2016, which was sponsored by the MSBTE and supported by the management. He also highlighted the achievement of the institute for receiving the best laboratory award in the State of Maharashtra from the MSBTE for the PCB lab. He concluded with a request to Dr. Abhay Wagh, Director of MSBTE, that it would be great if the MSBTE were to increase the award amount from Rs. 50,000/- to 1 Lakh!
Fr. Francis de Melo S.J., Director, St. Xavier’s Technical Institute and Xavier Institute of Engineering, highlighted the fact that St. Xavier’s Technical Institute is the one and only institute in the entire state that provides students with the most perfect hands on training in laboratories, by not only by just providing the best equipment, but also providing that many sets of equipment as the number of students, enabling students to perform the laboratory experiences individually on their own, rather than in groups. He praised the quality and the originality of the innovative projects and papers that are presented at the state and national levels, by the institute students of the Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.
Dr. Abhay Wagh, Director of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE), and Guest of Honour for the occasion, highlighted the concerns in the engineering field, related to problems faced by the Engineering Diploma students, despite the Indian Education System being the third largest in the world, yet, the quality of the technical education being questionable. On one hand there is an emphasis on Digital India, Skilled India, Start-up India and Technologically Oriented India. On the other hand only 50% of seats are filled in the field of technology, the reason for this being that product of these institutions is not employable, saleable or marketable, since it does not meet the industry requirement, and has to be trained by the industry. Our Institutions should produce a finished and a ready product that could be picked up by industry. He proceeded to explain the steps being taken by the MSBTE to address these issues. He informed that coming June 2017, MSBTE would coming out with a new curricula in all branches of Engineering called as the I-Scheme, which is an Industry friendly curricula, made by industry and made for industry, to make the product of these institutions practical and skill oriented. The I-Scheme would be designed and implemented by a trio collaboration of about 50 top industries, 50 top faculty members of reputed institutions, and National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), which is well known for framing of competency and skill based curricula. Presently after third and fourth semesters students have to undergo in-plant training. Under the I-Scheme, credit points for projects and in-plant training will be granted to students and this will be tied up with the Board of Apprenticeship Training, which will treated as an On Job training (OJT), and the students undergoing in-plant training will be also provided a stipend of Rs. 5000/-. There is also a tie-up implemented by the MSBTE with 150 industries, and faculty members of about 500 institutes in the State will also be provided training by these industries to facilitate an enhanced skilled based teaching-learning process. To address the purpose and realization of Skilled India, MSBTE has also initiated the working of all polytechnics to function as skill development centres, with the help of a tie up with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Students nearby in society will be imparted skill based training in these institutions, with specifically designed courses, which will be approved by the MSBTE. Last but not the least, Dr. Abhay Wagh highlighted and emphasized that the right direction and trend required for growth in the economy would be through technology, for India to become a super power. This goal can be achieved through entrepreneur skills, so that instead of just being job seekers, the coming generation would comprise of being job creators. MSBTE, now fully assists students, in terms of funding and procedures, for them to file patents for their innovative projects.
Mr. P. S. Deodhar, Chairman and Managing Director, Aplab Limited, and Chief Guest for the function, inspired and motivated the students by informing everyone that from the very beginning, students of St. Xavier’s Technical Institute perform with excellence in industry. Aplab itself has a number of XTECH pass out diploma students working at top levels and as senior managers in the company. He expressed his belief that one of the most important requirements of work place and industry is not the qualifications, but rather performance capability, skills and the ability of technicians and engineers to find and deliver solutions for complex technological problems. He further elaborated that students who are able to do this, have a very high level of confidence and self satisfaction. In areas of technology, computing and programming do have their own essential place and requirement, yet, in core technology areas, in any branch of engineering, these would not suffice to provide solutions for an engineering challenge. The path to rise above average standard levels of work is to be able to design and implement solutions at the foremost input areas required by computer systems, through the use of actuators, sensors and transducers, which are engineering products. Without these, an engineering problem cannot be addressed by computer systems alone.
This was followed by diploma awards and certificates distribution, and concluded with the convocation blessings and oath, delivered by Fr. Dr. John Rose S.J., Administrator, St. Xavier’s Technical Institute and Xavier Institute of Engineering.