A five-day workshop organised under Mission 10x, a training initiative of information technology giant Wipro Technologies for teachers of engineering colleges, began at the Institute of Technology at Nirma University on Monday. Around 30 teachers from Nirma, LD College of Engineering and the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Computer Technology (DA-IICT) are participating in the workshop.
“The information technology industry is expanding its horizons in the country like never before, which is obviously a good sign for all of us. However, one worry that plagues the industry is the availability of quality, employable manpower. Mission 10x is a programme that is designed to train teachers to adopt some changes that have been incorporated during the boom time in recent years, so that in the coming years more and more industry-friendly manpower can be produced,” said Sachin Sehagal, placement officer, Nirma University.
The programme aims at imparting high-impact teaching skills to the faculty members of engineering institutes. Mission 10x has already been introduced in various colleges across India, including the Indian Institutes of Technology. This is for the first time that the programme has been initiated in Gujarat.
“This is a good initiative as you get to know your capabilities, especially those related to developing oral communication, stimulating critical thinking and using a team approach to solving problems,” said Jyoti Nayar, a lecturer of electronic engineering at LD college.
“The instructors gave us a particular assignment, which they filmed, and later showed us the areas in which we need to be updated,” said Himanshu Patel, assistant professor of instrumentation and control engineering at Nirma University.
The trainers from Wipro, however, refused to comment on the programme.