'Tech Graduates In India Have Zero Hands-on Experience'

'Tech Graduates In India Have Zero Hands-on Experience'


05-June-2017

For the past seven years, Dr Vinay Viswa­nathan has been plugged into India’s engineering education system trying to fill a gap in hands-on learning through his firm JED-I Technologies. It’s far from a promising situation, reckons the co-inventor of the Simputer—the hand-held, multilingual computer which preceded India’s telecom boom and which, even after 15 years, still remains one of the few examples of a novel product that came out of Indian academia. Vinay, a former computer science professsor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), tells Ajay Sukumaran that one of the main problems is that students are ­typically burnt out by the time they reach an engineering course.