Published: 11th May 2019
The Kathir College story: Why engineering will always be in vogue
Kathir College of Engineering’s Chairman E S Kathir talks about the importance of skilling engineers in today’s world
If you are a class XII student in 2019, you would have come across five different people who would have told you that you shouldn’t opt for engineering. The reason? This is not 2005. Almost everyone has an engineering degree and most of them are unemployed. But looks like all the career specialists in your neighbourhood are wrong. Not our words, but that is what E S Kathir, Chairman, Kathir College of Engineering, Coimbatore says.
If that is the case, where does the problem lie, we wonder. To this, he says, “Students these days assume that there is not much opportunity in engineering. But they are absolutely wrong. Opportunities are aplenty in this field. But the problem is that there aren’t many skilled students.” But for this, he has a solution. The college trains its students under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) programme right after their graduation, hence making them industry-ready individuals. Launched as part of the Modi government’s Skill India campaign, PMKVY aims to train 1 crore young Indians by 2020. In 2016 alone, 17.93 lakh people were trained under this. One of the most ambitious projects, its objective is to make people employable by providing them the right aptitude and skills.
Skill development is indispensable for any student these days. That is, therefore, our priority
E S Kathir, Chairman
“Skill development is indispensable for any student these days. That is, therefore, our priority. Prime Minister Modi and his government has done so much to skill today’s students,” says Kathir, adding that the college provides placements to all the students who opt for it. The college was set up under the Lamika Educational and Charitable Trust in 2000. The trust also runs Kathir School of Management, Senkathir Teacher Training Institute and Kathir College of Education in a single campus. While the college boasts of its faculty, most of whom have doctorates, it also conducts regular guest lectures by industry experts for its students.