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Mangalore University moots plans for greater academia-industry interaction

The 34-year-old Mangalore University is setting itself to give a new meaning to industry-academia interaction. Plans are afoot to rope in ...

MANGALORE: The 34-year-old Mangalore University is setting itself to give a new meaning to industry-academia interaction. Plans are afoot to rope in services of a company to introduce entrepreneurial architecture as an optional elective paper at the post-graduate level under the choice based credit system. This paper will be open to all post-graduate students across faculties and is aimed at giving students a peek in to the world of entrepreneurship.

Vice-chancellor K Byrappa, who unveiled this idea at the 34th Foundation Day celebration of the university on Wednesday told TOI that general lack of synchronisation of ideas between academic institutions and the industries can be met with such courses. Entrepreneurship is not meant for students of any particular faculty, he said, adding the university will be able to get a clear picture on willingness of the company to kickstart this idea and the paper.

The interaction will not be limited to starting an open elective paper. Recognizing the need to give industries a greater say in shaping academic content, Byrappa said the university is also drawing up a road map to offer adjunct professorships to heads of various industries. "Under this arrangement experts from industry will come as guest faculty for specialised courses. The university on its part will bear their remuneration and related expenses," he said.

Wanting to take this collaborative streak with industries further, Byrappa said faculty who undertake consultancy work for industries will be allowed to keep 50% of the revenue so earned for them. Observing that most universities that have such an arrangement are ready to share up to 35% revenue on the upper side, Byrappa said this does not offer much of an incentive to the faculty to engage themselves with the industries and their needs.

Padmashri Kasturi L Chopra, former director, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, who first spurred his faculty at IIT to start their own companies in their respective areas of research vouched for ideas that Byrappa put forth. Noting that universities such as Stanford make more money through their myriad engagement with industries compared to their needs, he said faculty must be encouraged to be innovative and be entrepreneurial.

The idea of stoking entrepreneurial streak among faculty does not mean them joining another company while teaching, but start their own start-ups or set ups in an area that they specialise in, Chopra elucidated. Observing that the concept of industry-academia relationship is still taking shape in India, Chopra said this is the norm in the West, especially USA and Indian academic institutions will be better off if they collaborate with the industries here.

Source : Times of India

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