Electrical Engineering: Industry Growth and Employability 26th March

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Summary:

A scintillating seminar was held at Oakbrook Business School on 26th Mar’ 2014 on the topic “Industry growth and employability of Electrical Engineers”. The seminar had presence of a large number of students from various colleges as well as various semesters of Electrical Engineering. The students were eager to get addressed by prominent personalities of the field and get insightful anecdotes from them.

The seminar had presence of profound personalities of Electrical Engineering sector from academia as well as industry namely Alok Das (Head, Business Development (Gujarat), Suzlon Energy), Rohin Koul (HR Division, Torrent Power), Viral Mankodi (HR Division, Torrent Power). The seminar was a highly interactive seminar where students and speakers shared their views and looked upon the opportunities in the field of Electrical Engineering.

Speaker 1: Alok Das (Head, Business Development (Gujarat), Suzlon Energy)

Mr. Alok has over 15 years experience in the field of Engineering, Research & Development, Generation, and Distribution & Transmission of Conventional power and Renewable Energy sector. He was also actively encouraged in various regulatory matters to promote Renewable Energy in India.

Mr. Das initiated his speech by stating that the students today are not focused and don’t have the thirst for learning. He gave a clear picture of a life of an engineer, which is to attend classes, memorise the answers and vomit that in the examination. He said that students need to ignite passion about their industry. He asked the students to prepare foe industry understanding the industry gap and finding ways to bridge the same. He further said that the students need to imbibe technical competency, practical knowledge and good communication skills in order to be employable. Mr. Das concluded his speech by saying that by improving the interpersonal skills, thorough knowledge, office dynamics and other soft skills, students can increase his chances of being recruited by a number of companies.

Speaker 2: Rohin Koul (HR Division, Torrent Power)

Mr. Rohin Koul has profound experience in the field of electrical engineering; he is the in-charge of transmission and control. His expertise lies in manpower planning and training, he has been to a number of seminars and workshops all through his career. Mr. Koul has done his Engineering in Electronics from Nagpur University and
MBA In HR & Marketing from B.K School of Business Management, Ahmedabad.

He explained the basics of electrical engineering in the beginning and escalated to the functions of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. He gave detailed information about the growth of the company and talked about the future of electrical Industry. He presented facts and figures of the electrical engineering industry and showed the demand of good electrical engineers in the years to come. He stated in the end that there is no dearth of jobs in the industry but dearth of employable engineers.

Speaker 3: Viral Mankodi (HR Division, Torrent Power)

Viral Mankodi has more than 23 years of experience in the field. He is in-charge for HR, IR, Training, Legal and Admin functions of Torrent Power Sabarmati Power plant. He is an expert in the area of Human Resources and Social Compliances. Mr. Mankodi has worked in areas as HR Generalists, Plant level exposure in all functions of HR, Worked in Textile (Shirting, Khakhis & Garment), Pharmaceutical, Engineering (Indian & Multinational), Chemical & Biochemical industries. Presently AGM – HR in Torrent Power Limited, Ahmedabad

Mr. Mankodi came up with an interactive note, he asked students as to what they understood by the term Employability; i.e. one’s value in the market. He elaborated his point by stating that one can improve his/her employability by developing certain skills that make him/her stand out in the crowd. He told the students that they must improve their soft skills, realize their individual potential, identify your talents and work on your adaptability. He ended his speech by saying that some students already have the skills and immense potentials, they still have not realised their potential, he advised the students to identify themselves and work on their skills by doing a SWOT analysis and thereby improve their employability.