Private engineering college graduates face challenges in securing direct employment, as indicated by NASSOM statistics. The industry perceives a gap in employability, attributing it to students lacking real-time knowledge of current industrial scenarios. Despite efforts for industry interaction, there is scepticism towards the capabilities of private engineering college faculties, particularly in executing project-based work. In response, the college has undertaken a mission to enhance industry readiness through internships and on-the-job training.
To address this challenge, the focus is on establishing trust and showcasing the institution’s capabilities. The college has identified a unique opportunity in a national-level institute, with the status of being nationally recognized being a key criterion. This institute, despite its prestige, currently lacks a specific element that the private engineering college can provide, making it a top priority for collaboration.
The Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), initiated by the Government of India, plays a crucial role in evaluating technology’s current state and charting paths for future technological development in key socio-economic sectors. TIFAC has been at the forefront of envisioning future technology trajectories through comprehensive foresight reports on short, medium, and long-term scales, contributing significantly to the nation’s technological landscape.
Recognizing the importance of aligning education with industry needs, our institution embarked on a strategic initiative, starting with the establishment of the Bitcoin Investigation Lab. In response to the notable increase in cryptocurrency usage in India, we successfully attracted a leading company in digital forensics. A development center was established with a committed monthly investment of 2 Lakhs for a year, benefitting students through on-the-job internships.
The maturity of this setup expanded our investigative capabilities beyond Bitcoin to five other cryptocurrencies. The college’s achievements reached new heights as we participated as a keynote speaker in the Largest Cyber Currency Expo in Dubai. Building on this success, we extended our focus to the dark web investigation, aiming to combat illicit organ trading and trace illegal goods. This initiative led to the college becoming the first institute in Mumbai University to introduce a B.Voc Course, a skill-based program that garnered interest from two additional companies.
Our global connections strengthened as we collaborated with a U.S.-based company. The head of our institute assumed the role of a Board of Studies Member, launching a Blockchain-based transcript system. The positive outcome of this initiative is reflected in students’ eagerness to engage in real-time projects, showcasing the college’s commitment to practical and industry-relevant education.
Students are motivated to start their own clubs at SLRTCE, aiming for exposure and industry readiness. Various clubs, such as the Google Code Club, Cybersecurity Club, and Web Development Club, are formed to promote knowledge exchange through technical activities. The institution collaborates with Edunet, offering industry-relevant career-oriented courses to prepare students for multidirectional careers in technology’s vast field. Key components of industry 4.0, including IoT, cloud computing, AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity, are emphasized.
SLRTCE stands out for adopting technical pinnacles in education, collaborating with the IIT Bombay FOSSEE Project for workshops on Open Source technologies. To foster innovation and economic growth, the institution houses a development center dedicated to advancing methods, protocols, and innovations. Subject specialists from diverse fields execute activities, providing workstations for trainees to engage in ongoing initiatives and participate in internships, enhancing their technical knowledge base.
Encouraging participation in a Smart India Hackathon, SLRTCE aims to elevate students’ creative and innovative capabilities, aligning with AICTE guidelines. Students can showcase their technical potential, with project teams evaluated on innovation, viability, utility, societal use, and applicability. The best projects earn a wild card entry into the SLRTCE Experience Centre, cultivating a research culture and honing students’ professional creativity and self-expression.