IITs improve soft skills of studentsSeptember 3, 2014
If they are from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), they are brilliant, good engineers and quick problem solvers, but what if they are not good communicators. Their failure to convey these attributes can land them to rejection. To solve such employability issues, the IITs have come up with crash courses. This will help them hone their body language, communication and writing skills.
With so much competition in the MARKET, a faculty base and curriculum unable to keep pace with changing times, some students face problems with their soft skills.
Fixing this issue with an outside help would make these premier engineering students stand out best at their workplace.
IIT Hyderabad, which is in the middle of a pilot to assess speaking, reading and writing skills of its 1,500 engineering students, is rated as one of the best among the newer IITs in research. It has tied up with IT skilling firm Talents Sprint to conduct computerised tests evaluating the students in their BTech, MTech and PhD.
They will then undergo a 36-hour remedial coaching programme on body language, effective professional communication, listening and paraphrasing and articulating thoughts, which is mandatory for all first-year students from the next year.
IIT Kanpur, on the other hand, tied up with the British Council this year to conduct English tests focused on conversation skills and written and spoken fluency. It will also get other organisations to help students with aptitude and technical tests. The institute is in the process of setting up a Career Development Center (CDC) this year for helping students make informed decisions on job opportunities.
Moreover, IIT Guwahati too is in talks with business schools and coding platform providers for mock tests. Venturesity, a set up by IIT Kharagpur alumnus, will conduct a year-long workshop for online and on-campus courses on Python (a coding language), analytics with programming, and Android app development.
With more hands on training, capable students sitting for interviews will have brighter chances with improved body language and communication skills.