Workshop as part of IITM-EU project to enable students work experience before graduation held

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CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ collaboration with a European Union Initiative has created opportunities for students to work in industry even before graduating and gain experience and training that can lead to pre-placement opportunities. The concept in Technical Education for Developing Countries called ‘Dual Education,’ the TEEDE (Towards Excellence in Engineering Curricula for Dual Education) initiative is a European Union and ‘Erasmus +’-funded consortium of eminent universities in Europe and Asia that merges the classroom learning with industrial experiences.

On Tuesday, around 20 industry partners of this initiative attended a workshop held at IIT Madras campus.

“IIT Madras is the Top-Ranked engineering institute in India, as per NIRF, for last four years in a row and was also adjudged as the ‘Top innovative Institution’ in the country in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2019 launched by Innovation Cell of MHRD. The Institute has a responsibility not only to remain in the forefront but also to innovate. It is good to have industry come on board early in the curriculum, helping students become more industry-ready by the time they graduate,” said Prof Ravindra Gettu, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras. The partners of this TEEDE consortium are eminent universities in Russia, Italy, Germany, Cambodia, India, China, Finland, Belgium and Spain.

Unlike internships, which are short-term, TEEDE envisages students spending considerable amount of time employed in industry as full-time workers, rather than interns, as part of their Curriculum.

A release from IIT Madras said the institution has already developed two industry collaborations under this initiative – in Genomics research coordinated by Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, and in Petroleum Engineering coordinated by Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras. The Master’s students from these departments will have the opportunity to work in companies engaged in cutting-edge research in these two fields genomics and petroleum engineering.

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