As our economy is growing, we are also witnessing the growth of education sector. However, the shortage of appropriately skilled labour across many industries is emerging as a significant and complex challenge to India’s growth and future. What we have today is a growing skills gap reflecting an urgent need that Indian Industries and Academia come together and address some of the underlying challenges. The good news is there are academicians who have taken up this challenge and are relentless in their pursuit to bridge this gap. Meet Mohit Kumar Singh, Assistant Professor in ECE Department at R. D. Engineering College (RDEC), Ghaziabad, who has been recently honoured with Skill Development Initiative Award at the Confederation of Education Excellence (CEE) Awards 2017 in recognition of his initiatives taken for the skill development of faculties and students.
Mohit hails from a middle class family of Budaun, Uttar Pradesh. He was the first person from his family who left home to pursue higher education. He earned his B.Tech in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from U. P. Technical University, Lucknow, in 2007. After graduation, he started his professional journey as Engineering Consultant at LBP Pvt. Ltd., Delhi. He joined R. D. Engineering College, Ghaziabad, in 2008 and is associated with the institution ever since. During his teaching journey, he also completed his M. Tech in VLSI Design from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, in 2012. He currently works as Assistant Professor in ECE department.
With schooling from the state board and hailing from a semi urban area, I was not good in English speaking and had stage fear. In on / off campus placements, I was rejected due to poor soft skills. I had to work hard to be fluent in English and to gain soft skills.
Mohit Kumar Singh
Mohit wears multiple hats at RDEC. As Coordinator for Remote Center of NITTTR Chandigarh since 2013, he has organized over 60+ short term courses on cutting edge technologies for faculties to upgrade their knowledge. As coordinator for Resource Center of Spoken Tutorial Project of IIT Bombay since 2015, he has organized numerous certification courses on Free and Open Source Softwares (FOSS) for students to be placement ready and to fulfill industry demand. As a Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) for Local Chapter of NPTEL since 2015, he is actively involved in organizing NPTEL Online Certification (NOC) Courses in association with IIT Madras for faculties and students.
I decided to do something for students especially for those from rural and semi-urban areas so that they do not have to go through similar experiences as mine.
Mohit Kumar Singh
Mohit has published over 20 research papers in various National and International Journals and Conferences. His research interests are in Communication System, Signal Processing and Image Processing. He is working as Advisory / Editorial / Reviewer Board member for 30+ National and International Journals. In the coming years, he aspires to lower the current reliance on the classroom teaching methodology and a theory-heavy approach and increase the reliance on more practical studies and industry academia interactions.
I could not have achieved these milestones without the constant support and inspiration from my family members. My wife, Tanu, was always with me in all ups and downs.
Mohit Kumar Singh
Given the current high-paced growth and dynamic investment climate in India, the demand for knowledge workers with high levels of technical and soft skills will only increase and academicians like Mohit Kumar Singh are in the forefront of preparing our students to meet this demand.