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Mission10X Transforming Teachers for Enhancing Employability Skills of Engineering Graduates

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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17.36.1 - 17.36.10



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Nagarjuna Sadineni Mission10X Wipro Technologies

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Nagarjuna holds an MBA in Technology Management from Latrobe University, Melbourne in addition to Technical Qualification from GIOE, Hyderabad, India.

Nagarjuna, is a Wipro (NYSE Listed as WIT) veteran and has adorned various functional roles and championed pioneering initiatives during his 20+ years of ongoing stint at Wipro and its affiliates.

He started his career with the manufacturing operations team at Wipro Peripherals factory, Mysore and subsequently moved into the marketing team at Bangalore, his contributions in both the roles were significant. His next role was on the “Quality” front. A first generation Black Belt to be certified by Motorola University, US, in Six Sigma methodology, he gave a good momentum to the Quality movement across Wipro Corporation.

For a short period, he was assigned the responsibility of business development & M&A and he identified many acquisition opportunities and made one of the first acquisitions in Wipro Group. Took over this acquisition and turned around the business into high performance team and Profits in short span of time. Later part Nagarjuna headed Operations and Exports Sales responsible for WeP products IBU with a turnover of 240 Crores (>USD40Mn). During this stint, he expanded IT Peripheral Product operations and sales to Europe and Asian markets including China and Japan.

He was an active member of various Industry bodies like MAIT, CII, NASSCOM and has participated and significantly contributed in various forums at Bangalore, Hyderabad & Mysore, was the Vice President of the Mysore IT Forum.
With his in depth knowledge of corporate culture, good networking with various IT industries and academia, an adept at applying structured approach to processes/projects and vast experience in handling complex projects - Nagarjuna was selected to lead Quantum Innovation initiative in Engineering Education in year 2007.

Mission10X not for profit trust was established in Sep 2007 to enhance the employability skills of engineering graduates. Under Nagarjuna ‘s leadership, Mission10X has so far reached out to over 19,000 faculty members in innovative methodologies from 1000+ engineering schools spread across India and has recently launched its second phase targeted by 2013 to reach out to 25,000 more faculty members, develop 250 academic leaders and deploy 2500 unified learning kits to bridge technology gap between industry and academia. Under Nagarjuna’s leadership Mission10X established many partnerships – Most technical Universities in India have affiliated to Mission10X, International partners like Dale Carnegie, University of Cambridge, Harvard Business Publishing, Development Dimensions International. Nagarjuna holds board member position in the Indo American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Education Council and part of the strategic planning committee of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).

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Rajendra Kumar v Joshi WIPRO Technologies

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Dr. Rajendra Joshi is the Head of Research Center, Mission10X. Dr Joshi completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, after his post graduation in Philosophy from Bangalore University.
Joshi taught for 17 years as lecturer, Reader in philosophy and Vice-principal of Chowgule College-Goa. Later he worked as Dean – Education at International Academy for Creative Teaching, Bangalore and as founder Director of Indus Training and Research Institute, a training institute for teachers of international schools.

He comes with 23 yrs of experience in teaching, training and educational management. He has also been member of committee to assess and accredit colleges by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and was closely involved with Mission10X all through, contributed both in designing and delivery of the Mission10X workshops.

His research interest includes philosophy, religion, culture and education. Last year he led a research project on “Grassroots leadership in public schooling in Karnataka” which was awarded research grant by Emerald-All India Management Association for the year 2009.

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Mission10X Transforming Teachers for Enhancing Employability Skills of Engineering Graduates AbstractNagarjuna Sadineni, Head Mission10X Wipro Technologies, BangaloreDr. Rajendra Joshi, Head, Mission10X Research Center, Wipro Technologies, BangaloreIndia produces more than 550,000 engineering graduates annually from over 3000 colleges.The growing global demand for appropriately skilled, industry oriented professionals and agradually widening demand-supply gap are expected to test the limits of India's talentdevelopment capabilities.Wipro initiated ‘Mission10X’ to address this challenge by bringing about change in the existingteaching-learning paradigms in engineering education. A national survey of heads of institutionand placement officers, who connect academic and industry, identified current teachingmethodologies and faculty capabilities as key factors to improve employability of engineeringgraduatesMission10X identified embedding the employability skills into pedagogical practices andempowering faculty as a long term viable and sustainable approach. Mission10X in differentstages layered set of workshops and interventions facilitates faculty members to go beyond theirconventional teaching practices and experiment with innovative learning techniques and styleswhich help them broaden the framework of teaching and enrich their learning.Mission10X approach and innovative teaching practices learned in the first stage of interventionare implemented in the classrooms and share their experiences in the advanced level ofworkshop which is the second intervention in the series. Beyond the workshops Mission10Xconducts “learners’ forum” –a community of practitioners where best practices are shared tocreate support system for sustainable change.Mission10X interventions have reached out to 20,000 teachers covering over 1,000 collegesacross India and led to faculty members creating innovative teaching resources in their areas ofexpertise and sharing it among the community of faculty. Community of Mission10X has createdover 8,000 learning assets across 19 different engineering branches. In order to create aseamless professional learning community all these innovations are hosted on the Mission10Xcommunity portal and are available to engineering faculty ( a result of the multi level interventions, the learning and implementation processes getstreamlined. This has helped the faculty members become more effective in their classroomteaching and embed both technical and behavioral employability skills amongst the students.After successfully completing the first phase, Phase II was launched. During phase II fromSeptember 2010 to 2013 Mission10X envisages: • to develop 250 Academic leaders to build institutions of excellence • to deploy 2500 Unified Learning Kits to bridge the technology and learning gap between industry and academia • to empower 25,000 more faculty members in Mission10X Learning ApproachIn order to change the institutional learning culture and create transformative leadership inengineering colleges, comprehensive multilevel academic leadership Mission10X was launchedfor heads of institutions.Mission10X in its second phase is moving beyond classroom practice to change the laboratorypractices and bridge the technology gap between academic and industry through its newinitiative- Unified Learning Kits (ULK) unique Technology Learning Platform.In addition to workshops, Mission10X is piloting blended learning solutions specially created forfresh engineering faculty to induct them into an engineering teaching career.

Sadineni, N., & Joshi, R. K. V. (2012, June), Mission10X Transforming Teachers for Enhancing Employability Skills of Engineering Graduates Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17053

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