Technology of Welding - Welding Industry & Academia Partnership Date : 10th January, 2014
The Seminar was well attended by over 65 delegates from the Industry and Academia. The
seminar objective of creating an awareness of Welding Industry needs and identifying initiatives to
strengthen its partnership with academia was very well addressed by the individual presentations as
well as the lively panel discussion. Here are the summary of the Key points discussed and concluded
to take this matter forward:
1. The Ador Welding Academy demonstrated at its practice shop the state-of -the -art facilities for welding skill development and use of digital medium and Simulator based learning methods for effective delivery. The Industry as well as the academia groups understood the wide spectrum of curriculum required to comprehensively cover the domain of welding skills required to productively serve the industry requirements.
2. The Industry perspective was very well articulated in the presentations by M/s JK Nanda and DS Honavar. Their presentations have been posted on the home page of our website, www.adorweldingacademy.com. Welding is at the core of nation's infrastructure development and is a distinct, complex subject comprising metallurgy, chemistry, physics, thermo dynamics, etc. It requires a focused curriculum in the academics program. With investments over a trillion USD expected in infrastructure in India alone, employment opportunities over the next decade are going to be upwards of 1.5/ 2 million. Therefore, there is a dire need to create aspirations amongst the youngsters for careers in welding and also provide opportunities for skill development and education related to welding. The development of occupation and qualification standards, availability of information related to labour/ engineer requirements and adoption of preferences to recruit professionally trained manpower, were some of the work-in-progress initiatives highlighted.
3. The Academia perspective highlighted their intent to align the curriculum with the needs of the industry, involve the professors and the teacher community more for taking up industry-based projects and interactions, add welding related subjects as electives in the Masters and PhD programs and also introduced dedicated , short-term diploma programs related to welding careers.
4. The seminar concluded on a very positive note to follow up with the office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pune for introducing welding specific component in workshop practices at S.E. level as well as establishing welding related subjects as electives in the U.G. and P.G. programs, Colleges (Degree and Diploma) working on offering short term Diploma programs and Industry announcing its willingness to up skill polytechnic students at the Ador academy for employment careers in welding.
5. The Executive Chairman of Ador Welding Limited, Ms Aruna Advani, succinctly summed up the deliberations and appealed to the Industry to accelerate establishment of globally competitive, quality practices that will gainfully engage the young aspirants for careers in welding. She also encouraged the academia to develop deeper partnership with industry and assured a strong support for such initiatives.
6. The CII Panel of Industry-Academia Interface will co-ordinate for progress in implementation and also continue to catalyse partnership in the welding domain of the country's infrastructure development plans.
Indian Welding Industry, by and large, has done well as a contributor to national economy and industrial progress.
In doing so, technological advancement has been a key factor which has prepared the industry to face the turbulent times with requisite confidence.
The welding fraternity and professional bodies have ensured forward movements through regular technical seminars, which also helped researchers, young and not so young.
These efforts have sustained industrial growth.
We did not forget the issue of welding education and training and we kept deliberating on it from time to time in our seminars, highlighting the need to act, but the action remained restricted . The technological developments have contributed to innovation, quality, & productivity with cost effectiveness. In the process, the period of three decades or more, has only widened the gap between demand and supply of educated welding personnel. Let us look at how big the gap is, because even in preparing a roadmap to rectify the situation, we need to know the magnitude of the problem of acute dearth of personnel.
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