Well known for its application oriented textile and engineering education and close ties with the textile industry, DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute has won prestigious ‘Best Industry-Linked Engineering Institute Award’ (TATA Chemicals Award) in nationwide survey jointly conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The students graduating from institute should meet the challenging changing requirements of today’s industry and the changing requirements of industries can be met by the students studying in good industry linked institutes. Therefore, there is need for good industry linked institutes. The objective of this survey was to assess and reward the institutes with good industry interaction.
This award was presented to Prof (Dr) PV Kadole, Principal, DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji at ‘Global Higher Education Summit-2015’ on December 2, 2015 at New Delhi by Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE; Naushad Forbes, President Designate, CII; Vijay Thadani, Chairman, CII National Committee on Higher Education; Ramakrishnan Mukundan Managing Director, Tata Chemicals. As many as 2161 colleges across the country had shown interest in the survey, however, the AICTE-CII chose 901 of them.This was the fourth such survey conducted by premier bodies for the educational institutes working in engineering, management, pharmacy and architecture. Self financing, government, government aided and centrally funded institutes like IITs, NITs and IISERs qualified for the survey.
The entire process was online where institutes were asked to fill in all the data of their curriculum, faculty, infrastructure, placements, governance, and research and services/project and skill development for the year 2013-14 and 2014-15. At the end of the survey, the application generated an indicative objective score which was used for short listing of institutes for second stage of evaluation. The indicative objective scores obtained were placed before a high level jury comprising experts from industry and academia. The shortlisted institutes were asked to send all the documents in support of their data. Distinguished and eminent members from industry and academia undertook visits to the shortlisted institutes in the month of September 2015 for verification of information and qualitative assessment of the industry linkages of the institute. The visiting jury gave its own separative score to every institute based on the ground assessment of facilities and data. This last score was used to prepare the list of final winners. DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute participated in this national level survey and provided all the necessary documents of industry-institute interaction. In September 2015, MS Ranade, General Manager Thermax and Prof Meenakshi Sundaram, Professor, Anna University Chennai, visited the institute and were impressed by the commendable progress made by the institute in the area of training, placements and MOUs with industries. They were also impressed by the 100 per cent placement record of textile graduates for the last 33 years.
DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji, popularly known as DKTE, was founded in 1982 by KB Awade and few other industries. Since its inception, DKTE has produced more than 10,000 engineers in textile and other engineering disciplines. DKTE has grown multifold since its inception and has branched into other fields, besides textiles. The institute currently offers three diploma courses, ten bachelor degrees and eight post graduate degrees along with the facility to carry out Ph.D. Its unique strength lies in disciplinary expertise in areas ranging from basic textile technology to far more advanced technical textiles. The curriculum is flexible and industry oriented. DKTE has an ultra modern and world-class infrastructural facility in the form of spacious buildings which are equipped with excellent amenities. It has well equipped laboratories and workshops with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. The institute has a spacious, cozy & modern library, designed to meet the learning needs of the budding technocrats. It has more than 3,300 students and close to 200 highly qualified faculty members.