Institutionalization of Learning-Beyond-Academics Leads to Sustainability of Higher Education Institution in the Field of Engineering: A Case Study from India
V.K. Gokuladas Abstract Purpose: The main objective of this paper is to unveil those challenges that a higher education institution in the field of engineering would face while taking measures to enhance the employability of engineering undergraduates through learning-beyond-academics. Design/Methodology/Approach: Qualitative data consisting of practical challenges faced by the Learning & Development department of a reputed engineering col- lege in South India while implementing non-technical skills as part of the curri- culum for engineering students, have been discussed as a case study. Findings: This case study has been effective in terms of identifying all such challenges as quality of resource persons, infrastructure, inclusion in curriculum, management support, rigor to consolidation, scalability and future avenues that higher education institutions in the field of engineering would face while institu- tionalizing learning-beyond-academics for students. It also explains how these challenges were met in this case. Practical implications: The outcome of this study is of great benefit to higher education institutions engaged in engineering disciplines aiming to adopt a mod- el that can benchmark learning-beyond-academics and thereby ensure their sustai- nability in the long-run. Originality/Value: Awareness about various challenges that are likely to be faced by an institution of higher education in the field of engineering while providing in- house learning and development activities for enhancing the employability of stu- dents, would assist these institutions with a road-map to institutionalize learning and development mechanisms. 186 V.K. Gokuladas Introduction Employability is the prime factor that is uppermost in the very thoughts of any graduating engineer. Various...
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