city anchor: UG students at IIT being groomed to be industry-ready
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Grooming undergraduate (UG) students in soft skills and research are part of the initiatives being taken by the student body of IIT Bombay. The focus is on developing skill sets, which are not outlined in the curriculum, but are meant to give UG students an edge and making them industry-ready.
"Being technically sound may not be enough in today's competitive world; communication and other skills are equally important. We have decided to introduce a student development programme this month that will focus on developing the all-round personality of a student. It could include English classes, communication and interpersonal skills. The project details are currently being firmed up. It will also involve strengthening the counselling service at the institute," said Ishan Shrivastava, general secretary, academic affairs, UG programmes. The student development programme will also look at specific projects to help students take up leadership roles and learn teamwork.
During its last campus placement, the institute had made it compulsory for all students, who wanted to be a part of placements, to attend a session on communication skills. The measure was taken based on feedback from recruiters, who had underlined the need for developing a range of soft skills among students.
Further, to expose students to the big and small projects being undertaken by IIT Bombay, a Society for Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been launched. "Post-graduate and doctoral students are involved in research and development work at the institute. However, a need was felt to expose UG students to research projects. Hence, we created SPUR this year to encourage research among them by giving them opportunities and showcasing their work," he said.