Abstract— India has made tremendous strides in the past twenty five years in various segments of economic progress and much of this growth has been spurred along by developments and investments in Engineering and Industrial areas. The tremendous focus on education in technical and engineering areas has led to a mushrooming in engineering colleges. Presently, there are more than three thousand engineering colleges and several hundred more are planned for in the years to follow. Despite this surge, the industry often laments the lack of trained and sufficiently qualified engineers and is concerned about the quality of graduating engineers. In this paper, we analyze the ailments that affect the state of engineering education in the private sector. The key factors are categorized along the seven dimensions namely, Methods, Skills, Manpower, Tools-curricula, Environment, Policies and Layouts. We identify the strategic issues and the operational ones as well and we select those that can be specifically addressed at the college level. We propose a few solutions which are both practical and implementable within the constraints of administration. Some of these solutions are simple like a semester plan for studying with continuous assessment, presentation of lesson plans and guidelines, aligning the student learning outcomes with an effective pedagogic methodology and lastly but not the least, a method to improve proficiency in English. These methods have been implemented in the freshman class of a college and the results have shown significant improvements in student learning outcomes and in increased motivation as well. In our conclusion, we suggest some further avenues for research and thus bring about verifiable changes as an added benefit.
Index Terms—Ishikawa Diagrams, constructive alignment, semester plan, communication.
Sarath Chandar Rao Sanku is with the Little Angels Business School, 4-9-15, Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004 JAPAN. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ranjit Abraham is with the Baselios Thomas I Catholicose College of Engineering & Technology, Koothattukulam, Kerala-686 662, INDIA. (e-mail: email@example.com)
Cite: Sarath Chandar Rao Sanku and Ranjit Abraham, "A Result Oriented Perspective towards Enhancing Student Learning Outcomes in Indian Private Engineering Colleges," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 95-100, 2012.