• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2012 Vol.3(4): 281-292 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2012.V3.214

An Empirical Identification of Performance Gap in Engineering Education Program from the Perspective of Stakeholders

Kaushik Mandal and Chandan Kumar Banerjee
Abstract—Engineering education has become the most sought after destination for the new generation to shape up their future and quality of life. For decades, performance of engineering education is incredible to develop the infrastructural requirement of a country but it should be rejuvenated to meet the challenges of new millennium. The responsibility of engineering educational program is to expose the graduating engineers to industrial experience. Students should be prepared to deal with responsibilities involving planning, design, construction, and maintenance of their built up environment. To succeed in engineering profession, job market requires both strong theoretical base and practical hands-on experience. Industry and academia involvement in engineering education has tremendous potential to facilitate current trends in engineering education, assist in modifying the new curriculum, enhance teaching quality, meet the needs of graduating engineers and their future employers. The performance of engineering education depends on the joint effort of stakeholders. Today, engineering education is thriving through a crucial phase in which performance of this program is under scrutiny. The increasing competition in the field of higher education has compelled the engineering institutions to reevaluate the performance of the program, they offer, to match with the demand of the corporate sector. Performance of an academic program is correlated on the quality dimensions of the same. The present study attempts to enlist various dimensions of quality that affect the performance of an engineering program from stakeholders’ point of view. Further, we have identified the perceptual gaps between these stakeholders’ vis-à-vis quality dimensions of the academic program. Multivariate tests like Hotelling’s trace, Wilks’ lambda, Pillai’s trace, Roy’s largest root have been carried out to identify the said industry-academia gaps. The results help to focus on items, which need immediate attention to lower the gaps and successively enhance the performance of the engineering program. The study suggests that in reforming engineering education a well-balanced and interactive program should be developed, which in turn will benefit both academia and industry and finally to society.

Index Terms—Engineering education, performance of the program, industry-academia gap, stakeholders, multivariate analysis, engineering institutions.

The authors are with National Institute of Technology, India (e-mail: chandankbanerjee@gmail.com).

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Cite:Kaushik Mandal and Chandan Kumar Banerjee, "An Empirical Identification of Performance Gap in Engineering Education Program from the Perspective of Stakeholders," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.3, no.4, pp. 281-292, 2012.

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