Mahindra group announced its foray into engineering education by inaugurating its first college in the country.
Named ‘Mahindra École Centrale’ and set up at Tech Mahindra’s sprawling campus at Bahadurpalli in Hyderabad — it has been set up in collaboration with École Centrale Paris, one of the oldest and most prestigious engineering institutions in France, and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad.
It aims to impart quality education and opportunities for research to students so that they are industry ready right out of college.
It has been estimated that by 2020, India will have a shortfall of nearly 2.5 million employable engineers.
Mahindra, who have businesses worth billions in core engineering as well as the information technology sector, aims to bridge this gap and establish a steady conveyor of readily employable engineers not only for Mahindra but for the industry as a whole.
Students will be chosen through the IIT selection format and for the first two years will undergo courses in Mathematics, Physics and Humanities (comprising literature and philosophy, among others) and some introduction into engineering, before they move into specialization.
The faculty, at a ratio of one for every 15 students, would be a mix of Indian and French, including a Dean drawn from the Ecole Centrale’s faculty in Paris.
There was no information available about the fees of the courses in the institute, but it is believed to be in the higher bracket.