Collaboration is key to the success of any organization. In fact, the concept of ‘We not I’ is a key tenet of Arm’s Core Beliefs. Ensuring that we as an organization prioritize the long-term value of our partnerships with the academic community we serve and ecosystem partners.
Arm Education, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), ATAL Academy and STMicroelectronics, India all understand the value that collaboration can bring. So, we came together to deliver a three-day faculty workshop, entitled Embedded Systems: an application-driven approach was held from 25-27 August 2021. Faculty are a critical part of the technology ecosystem, driving the future development of technology, and so we are committed to helping them build their own capabilities.
The workshop was a huge success, with over 1600 participants from 500 engineering colleges across India attending the event. Attendees were spoken to about embedded systems, Arm, and its ecosystem of partners. Key representatives from all three organizations helped to set the scene for the three days, demonstrating the importance of collaboration between government, industry, and academia for education. We are committed to working together to ensure that the next generation of engineers are educated and trained to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by today’s digital and connected workplace.
Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE during the address said “this workshop conducted by AICTE, Arm, STM has great significance. There is a strong connect that is required between industry and institution, the workshop is special as it is being conducted by the pioneers in the field. This FDP has a lot of significance to help faculty not only understand industry application but pass on the knowledge gained to students.
As Mamta Agarwal, Advisor ATAL, AICTE mentioned: "it is important for Industry, academia and Government to come together for the overall growth of the country. If we look at any successful Academic Institute in the world, what made them successful was that they identified the need early during their inception and came together with various entities to be now called world class Universities”.
Guru Ganesan, Managing Director and President, Arm, India “Government, industry and academia coming together paves the way for growth in the technology segment. It is key to capitalize innovation and entrepreneurship, countries that have these kinds of collaborations have seen huge improvements and success in a short time. The Indian education system is poised to witness major growth in the years to come. We are aware that we will be the second largest graduate talent pipeline globally, emerging as a global leader with the best technical talent. I am pleased to see with the three-way collaboration happening in India and we believe faculty will play a major role in shaping the future of technology”.
Vivek Sharma Managing Director STMicroelectronics, India, “why do industry and academia need to work together? The question is one of supply and demand. We need to build a pipeline of engineers to satisfy the demand in the global semiconductor industry. The market is forecasted to reach 550 billion dollars in the year, and the industry continues to grow due to the pervasiveness of the technology. This collaboration of government, industry, and academia coming together is really powerful. India has great potential to supply skilled engineers to meet this global demand, so let us join to continue to build, innovate, and support each other for the growth of the country.
The innovations and breakthroughs of tomorrow start with teachers inspiring the students of today. Academics are pivotal in providing students with the foundational skills required to thrive in today’s digital economy. That is why our three-day agenda focused not only on the foundational aspects of embedded systems, but also their practical application. The focus here was all about empowering faculty to teach embedded systems design and programming skills with industry-relevant technical and pedagogical tools. We shared many case studies on how these applications are deployed in the real world.
With over 1600 faculty actively taking part in the sessions; and it was fantastic to see hundreds of questions being asked throughout the sessions, which kept our technical moderators on their toes. The delegates also enjoyed quizzes after each session with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Quiz questions covered everything from ‘evolutions in embedded platforms’ through to ‘Human Machine Interfaces’. 24 quiz round winners each received developer boards from STMicroelectronics. We also invited faculty to participate in an 'idea-a-thon', where participants were challenged to come up with possible embedded systems applications around a few select themes. Close to 150 submissions were received, with 33 winners announced.
The positive feedback received after the event demonstrates the benefits of taking a collaborative approach between industry and academia to train the next generation of engineers. The success of this workshop demonstrates perfectly what we can collectively achieve when industry and academia come together. The Education program within Arm was established with the aim of fostering an environment where industry can contribute to the education of the next generation of engineers. Arm sits at the heart of one of the world’s largest technology ecosystems. We believe that we are uniquely positioned to convene and encourage collaborative efforts to help bridge the education and skills gaps in computing and STEM.
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