Since the early twentieth century, due to rapid industrialization and economic growth, engineering and technical education in India have been developing faster than anywhere else in the World and India now has the second largest number of engineering students in the world. The success of the software industry in India in terms of its global impact has clearly underscored the fact that Indian engineers can compete the best in the World.
However, this rapid growth of the economy and resultant surge in the required number of engineering graduates by the industry, seem to have led to compromises in the quality of these graduates in terms of their total development. This rat race brings with it factors like stress, competition, depression, limited social life, etc. and in the long run it will only be those engineering graduates, with strong values and all round development, who will survive, grow and reach top echelons.
Swami Vivekananda said “Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runsriot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character making assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by-heart a whole library”. Swami ji advocated the concept of ‘total development’ of man which includes physical, mental and spiritual. He also advocated incorporation of science and technology in curricula and laid emphasis on technical education that will develop industries.