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Engineering Education In The Next Millennium In India

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.257.1 - 5.257.12

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Ayyagari Janaki Rao

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Session 3460

Engineering Education in the Next Millennium in India

Prof. A. Janaki Rao

Emeritus Professor, Andhra University/Secretary, UNISPAR Working Group of India 22-HIG, Lawsons Bay Colony, Visakhapatam, Pin 530 017 (India) e-mail :


Engineering Education in developing Countries (More so in India) is neither able to meet the varied and changing Industrial demands nor socially relevant and productive. The Industrial needs are many and varied. The local, national and global needs are rapidly changing. The Industry complains that Engineering Graduates are not readily employable, but need further Training. There is mismatch between the knowledge, curriculum and skills imparted by Technical Institutions and Industrial needs. Universities are not able to inspire the Industries to come to the academic platform and, make use of their expertise in structuring Engineering Education.

Little attention is being paid by universities for the ever growing and diverse social needs. The fruits of Technology are not reaching the downtrodden and under previlized in the society. Taking these points into consideration a model is developed for a more useful productive and socially relevant Engineering Education System.

1. India - some social indicators

India is a country with 25 states, 14 major languages and different Socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Indian social structure is unique, blend of diverse religious, culture and racial groups. The uniqueness of Indian social structure lies in its unity in diversity.

Total Population : 97.8 millions Area : 3287263 Sq. km Urban population : 27% Rural population : 73% Literacy : 52.11% Female literacy : 36% Population without access to health services : 135.2 millions Population without access to safe drinking water : 171.3 millions People without access to sanitation : 640 millions Universities : 226

Janaki Rao, A. (2000, June), Engineering Education In The Next Millennium In India Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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