GUWAHATI, Dec 2 - Investigation into every engineering failure is very much needed for development. It could be done by academia and industry through proper collaboration. In India, there is a lot of scope to develop interaction between industry and academia, stated by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy while speaking in the Industry-Academia Interface Programme organised by the Institution of Engineers (India) with the theme �Imperatives of Engineering Education: Enhancing Employability� at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati today.
On the other hand, Roy pointed out that some political reasons always play a vital role behind many engineering failures in India.
Citing some recent incidents of engineering failures, wherein many people got injured and many died, Roy said political influence which led to corruption in the construction is mainly responsible for such incidents.
Roy said the department and the persons concerned don't learn anything from the past events.
In his speech, delivered to a gathering of students, academicians, government officials and professionals, Roy emphasised that for the development of the country both academia and industry have to collaborate.
Moreover, he stated that there is no legal definition of an engineer in the country. He urged the Institution of Engineers to work on this issue so that the government could draft an Act with the definition of an engineer.
Speaking on the occasion, North East Frontier Railway general manager Sanjive Roy stated that there is a need of transformation in the system of engineering education in India.
Moreover, he also emphasised the need for revision and modification of engineering course curriculum in a phased manner, which could produce skilled engineers for the greater interest of the country.
Meanwhile, IIT Guwahati director, who was present in the programme as the guest of honour, revealed that there are more than 4,000 engineering institutions exist in the country but among them, only 2 per cent institutions are in the top-tier category.
Explaining about the theme of the programme, S Bhattacharya, secretary and director general of the Institution of Engineers, said there is now a need of both skill up-gradation and development and there is a need for such collaborations.