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Why India needs to flip current education models to create future innovators

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

For Yash Dhake, a mechanical student, and Samruddhi Dhake, a computer student, the dream finally came true when they came on stage here to receive accolades for their innovations in front of over 5,000 innovators and global industry stalwarts.

Hailing from Chinchwad College of in Nigadi, Pune, the brother-sister duo showcased their project titled "Smart Product for and Reuse" at the annual "WORLD 2018" conference here last week.

They emerged winners after competing with over 850 teams from 196 colleges across 21 states in the challenge "Aakruti 2017", organised by the "3DEXPERIENCE" in November last year.

For Marie Planchard, Director of and Early Engagement, at Dassault Systemes, this is just the beginning and India, which took the lead in producing talent in computer science globally, now has the daunting task of preparing a workforce for industrial and engineering.

"Engineering is a little bit more challenging than computer science. The thought of the process in engineering begins at a very young age. Exposing kids to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)-based learning so that they get inspired to learn more has to be planned at an early stage," Planchard told IANS.

In order to achieve this, she said, needs to shun the traditional educational system that was developed some 200 years ago.

"In order to teach STEM, needs to flip the current learning models. You are not just teaching maths or science or engineering any more in the classroom. Now is the time to prepare the young demographic towards addressing real-life situations," Planchard emphasised.

Currently, there are eight incubators in the country -- situated at IIT-Bombay, IIT-and IIT-Kanpur, among others, helping nearly 10-15 start-ups each -- in fields spanning from eradicating social problems to find solutions for high-end technology.

The plan by Yash and Samruddhi provides a treatment of dry waste and generates electricity, slag, hot water as well as distilled water.

The treatment of wet wastes also generates biogas and manure which could provide great impetus to the agro-based economy.

"We are now looking for the government's support to commercialise our project that deals with collection and segregation of municipal solid waste and its treatment at a local level," Yash told IANS.

The plan deals with collection and segregation of municipal solid waste, its treatment at a local level and generates that have good market demand.

"It gives us immense pleasure to provide an opportunity for domestic talent to showcase their innovation. The project is extremely relevant and when commercialised, can provide a new dimension to municipal bodies across the country," said P.M. Ravikumar, Senior Director, Dassault Systemes- SOLIDWORKS, India.

There are 30 SOLIDWORKS Authorised Training Centres (SATC) in India that are teaching the current workforce how to design and make New-Age products.

"Customers today are demanding a skilled workforce that thinks beyond just a plain design or product. For this, we have to fight the challenge at three levels: Teach the kids, reskill the current workforce and train the trainers -- and students are helping us achieve that in the first place," Planchard noted.

According to Dr S.S. Lakade, Dean R&D, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, they are designing projects that are scalable, address local challenges and provides economic and regional development.

"We thank SOLIDWORKS for their product offerings and the students have used advanced add-ins like Piping and Tubing, Simulation, Flow Simulation, Photo view 360 and 'SOLIDWORKS Visualize' for creating amazing photo-realistic renderings," he explained.

The team used Solid Oxide (SOFC) technology to generate from by gasification of dry waste.

"India has a golden opportunity in its young demographic. It should invest early in creating an engineering workforce that will make the country proud once again. I hope it doesn't take India another 20 years to do so," said Planchard, who is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 13:34 IST