Dr. L. Mahesh Kumar is the Registrar of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education &Research . Having an enriching experience, he shares a brief about his journey in the educational domain. He explains how the education sector has changed over the past and has moved towards digital education. The institute doesn’t lag behind as they too have introduced new tech programs for better understanding of the subjects. This helps students to pull up their socks according to the industry standards and get a good job offer. There are multiple value added courses which helps the students to develop a holistic approach towards learning. He talks about the current threat the pandemic has displayed but digital is the solution beyond pandemic. The institute has a student centric approach and monitors the progress made by the students, and they are constantly mentored by industry experts of respective fields.
The education sector has drastically changed over the past and has moved from chalk and talk to webinars
The education sector is quite an interesting field to have a career. There's joy in constantly interacting with young, enthusiastic students and also helping them shape their careers by imparting quality education. Not just that, one needs to be in regular touch with industry experts as well to keep the syllabus and curriculum updated. Only then, we will be able to provide the students with job opportunities and help them with entrepreneurship. In my career of 20+ years in the education field, the most interesting one is the current digitization of education. Vast amount of knowledge is available on the internet and not just that we are trying to inculcate online education in our curriculum as well. It has changed from ‘Chalk and Talk mode’ to Laptops and webinars. All these challenging yet interesting changes have kept me close and connected to the education field.
We have introduced new tech programs for a better understanding of the subject for the students
Yes. We have introduced many new programmes in association with various industrial organizations such as IBM, Texas Instruments, K7, Siemens, Experts Hub. In collaboration with IBM we have set up a computer lab that is equipped with the latest software technologies as a part of our Career Initiative Program. Similarly, we have two specializations where the course is designed by experts from IBM according to the requirements of the industry ; ECE with specialization in IOT and Artificial Intelligence and CSE with specialization in Cloud computing and AI. These are courses that are in sync with industry requirements with state of art lab facilities. Apart from these we are in constant touch with industry experts from companies like Texas Instruments, K7, SIEMENS etc., to understand the skills required for employability in various industries. These inputs are in turn used to design our educational curriculum.
We have multiple value added courses to provide relevant exposure to the students
We have various value added courses as a part of our different programs. We also provide internship opportunities in various companies to our students so that they get an opportunity to put to use what they have learnt. There are regular symposiums and Hackathons to test the technical skills of our students. Certificate courses such as Business English Certificate and various other courses are offered to our students to build a strong Resume that will stand out among the lakhs of engineers that graduate every year. Exposure to Swayam Prabha channels (Educational Channel), Online courses such as NPTEL, SWAYAM, Seminars and Symposia are some of the programmes organized regularly to expose the students to real world challenges
Over 80% of our graduating students find jobs through placement opportunities provided to them
Over 80% of our graduating students find jobs through placement opportunities provided to them. The remaining students too are guided for entrepreneurship and higher studies. The average package offered at SPIHER is around 2.2L Per Annum. This year students were given offers from over 50 different companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant solutions, Qube Cinema, Wipro, Kotak life, Infosys, Justdial, IBM, SANMAR Group etc. The Highest package offered on campus was 10 LPA. Our students have even received International offers in the past. Our average package has been constantly increasing year after year and we believe it will increase this year as well.
The roles of all the institutional stakeholders are well defined because we have transparent policies
We at St.Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research have transparent policies. The roles of all the institutional stakeholders are well defined. I take grievance redressal very seriously and any grievance brought to my notice is addressed immediately. Their power at SPIHER is completely Decentralized so that at each level of decision making, people will feel involved and part of a big organized system. We ensure there is absolute support for students and faculties to upgrade their skills and facilitate them to achieve their goals. I believe if all the stakeholders such as the parents, students, faculty, alumni and management are happy, the Institute will automatically progress.
Digitization is the key beyond pandemic
The biggest challenge I see for the entire higher education industry is the ongoing pandemic. As we know this pandemic, when it ends will create a new normal where digitization is the key. The early adopters will definitely have a huge strategic advantage. Apart from that, at an institutional level, I feel the motivational level of the current students is a big challenge. With the present scenario of recession like situation, engineering admissions have taken a huge hit and have drastically come down over the last 3 years. Besides, new engineering institutions are cropping up across the country. The biggest challenge is getting admissions every year with ever increasing competition.
We train students with the industry-led courses to train our students according to industry standards
SPIHER is a well known Deemed University in Chennai. We have various value added courses and certification courses. While providing the students with high quality education, these courses will help you upskill according to industry requirements and also build a strong Resume. We have a strong association with IBM and our course curriculum in ECE and CSE are designed by experts from the company. This will help the students get employed easily as they are educated and trained exactly according to the industry requirements. We have a Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at SPIHER. Students can take up courses that they are interested in and get maximum knowledge in that field. Apart from regular curriculum, we have several extra curricular and social welfare activities such as Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), National Service Scheme (NSS) which groom our students as socially responsible citizens of the country. The entire institute is student centric and promotes student centric education.
Students’ progress is constantly monitored by faculty members and they are mentored by industry experts of respective fields
Through our Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), our students gain immense knowledge in their field of interest. Their progress is constantly monitored by faculty members and they are mentored by industry experts of respective fields. We have state of art lab facilities such as the IBM Software Lab for Emerging Technologies which gives them excellent practical knowledge and exposes them to the latest trends. Apart from usual classes, we train our students in soft skills and value added courses which makes them stand apart in a crowd of engineers. The regular symposiums and exhibitions help them exhibit their talent and innovative skills. We have a strong and focused placement cell which trains our students for interviews during placements.