Its high time we pay attention to “Practical” approach in engineering.

You do remember yourself throwing pebbles in still waters of a pond or lake in an attempt to achieve your goal of maximum hops . You tried the better pebble every time. A pebble better in weight, in shape and size. You enjoyed this as long as you could. There was no one to stop you, no limits to pebbles. It was just you and time. At some point, you then realized that you gave your best and that was all for the day.

CASE A:

This all was happening without your conscious knowledge of physics and engineering. The only human part ( uncountable thing) was your joy of every successful attempt and challenge to improve the failed one.

Now, CASE B:

This all would become Engineering Practical Experiment if you were to

1) Weight every pebble and note down its value

2) Measure velocity of every throw

3) Measure density of water in the pond

4)Measure instantaneous retardation every time pebble hits the water.

5) Other n things that a computer engineering like me has no knowledge of……

This is what scientists in labs of PRL or ISRO must be doing, with particles or objects. This is analogous to Students doing practical of Pendulum and resonance tube in physics lab.

BUT, CASE C:

What if a student is made to just “write” things like:

  1. What is a stone.
  2. What is a pond.
  3. How to throw a stone?
  4. How does stone jump from surface of water.
  5. How to throw a stone parallel to water.

And this has to be submitted at the end of semester. To prove that he has practical knowledge of throwing a stone in pond, without throwing any !!

We are not following the ideal CASE A. We cannot; because of uncountable limitations. But we are not striving hard enough to maintain our position at CASE B. Our engineering education is at level CASE C.

The CASE C is the graveyard of engineering. We, the professors, teachers should deem it an abuse to engineering education.

A final year computer engineering student of Gujarat Technological University is selected in campus placement but is unable to answer “Why does a light bulb need two wires to light up?”. This is where we are standing. It is time to change.

 

 

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