How IIT-Bombay prepares students for the industry

Most engineering students in India are not prepared for the industry. The exceptions tend to be those of the main institutions. And that is because their curriculum is updated frequently, and students have the mandate to work in practical applications.

Professor Varsha Apte of the IT and Engineering Department (CSE) at IITBombay says that the institution's curriculum provides a solid theoretical basis for students, but in addition, each course that has some practical aspect always has a formal class session supervised laboratory, or have practical work given as homework.

unnamedunnamed In such tasks, demonstrating a functional implementation is key to obtaining a good grade, she says. In a recent course on network security, the instructor assigned safety-related laboratory exercises in each class and these should be done under his supervision on laptops. Similarly, the fundamental machine learning graduate course has an important component of the project in which students have to implement some machine learning applications. The AI ​​undergraduate course has a weekly three-hour lab in which students learn to schedule an AI application.

Apte, who has been with IITBombay for almost 18 years, says the curriculum is periodically reset to include lessons on newer technologies and erase obsolete study material. While existing courses on AI, ML and natural language processing have been reviewed to introduce new methods of deep learning, the courses Cloud Computing They were introduced a few years ago. Network security, cryptography and blockchain technology are among the latest additions to this basket.

Collaborations with large companies in the Indian industry, such as TCS, as well as with multinationals such as Google , VMware Microsoft IBM , HP and NetApp are also helping to prepare the industry. “Academics get a source of relevant problems to solve with their research students (they can be doctorates, teachers or even university students who like research) that can result in shocking contributions. Industry partners can obtain solutions and, often, prototypes of implementations of novel ideas, and can also recruit potentials trained in R&D, ”says Apte.