Introduction Apart from educating engineering students in their campuses with their available infrastructure, educators have the practice of arranging educational tours to various industrial sectors in respective fields assisted by one or two academicians. The UGC norms and educational systems do a favor. The duration varies depending upon the number of industries to be visited, the locations from their campus study, and the duration of the academic break. It varies from a week to four weeks either within the state or within the country. The industrial visits are more appropriate since the candidates will be landing with them after their graduation. This arrangement is apart from the internship with specific industries.
Academic Benefits In my perception, industrial visits provide an opportunity for students to learn outside the four walls of classrooms, laboratories, and workshops, to experience topics firsthand, which aids in the long-term retention of knowledge, and also in the application of concepts, theories, and knowledge, which ensures competency.
Other than academic advantages Besides academic benefits, these field trips provide an opportunity for students to advance, be on their own & independent, to improve communication skills, and to make them more accommodating with an improved overall personality. They allow students to engage with individuals outside of their campuses, which aids in the development of social behavior and the formation of a social network. More possibilities to instill the habit of traveling alone and in groups, as well as to make pupils more compassionate towards their peers.
Adventure starts There were fifteen students in total, with six of them being females. They are all fourth-year (seventh semester) electrical engineering students from a variety of social and economic backgrounds, as well as from urban and remote areas. They had to complete the final semester to be qualified. I am the person that the students demand to accompany them because of my knowledge, experience, cooperation, and affection towards them. The trip lasted 28 days and started in Chennai and traveled through Bangalore, Goa, Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Hyderabad, and ended in Chennai. In terms of students' affordability and government concessions, the journey was a train trip.
Moving away from family On the day of departure, the students were really excited and prepared a lot for their journey. Almost all of the family members arrived at the train station to wish their children a safe journey. Some parents were very emotional while the train started moving. Despite the fact that the train was moving, I had the impression that my better half and lovely daughter were moving away from me physically, but our minds were becoming increasingly close.
Precautious planning All students are supposed to have their institution's identity card and a copy along with the educational tour itinerary. The itinerary included information about the students' group, their personal and family members' contact numbers, contact addresses, places to stay with addresses and contact numbers, the schedule of industries to be visited, and the group's travel ticket information, among other things. Apart from these, students had their travel insurance, first-aid medicines and allergy details. As the group in charge, they had access to all of my information and could contact me, if necessary, even during the night while sleeping. This information should be with them at all times. Depending upon their needs, they should have enough money for their personal expenses.
All days are not the same The students had the opportunity to visit medium and large-sized private and public sector industries in Bangalore. They had not seen such a great infrastructure on their campus before, and they interacted well with the technocrats and employers. Meanwhile, the authorities arranged a surprise assessment of their studied subject area on a group basis. Four of them, believe it or not, performed exceptionally well, and the authorities rewarded them with provisional offer letters to join them after their studies. All were provided with souvenirs. We didn't have any issues in Bangalore and Goa.
In Bombay, we stayed in Bandra in a charity guest house with separate spaces for male and female students. I had given them cautious information about having all of their identities, as well as their place of stay and tour itinerary, in Bombay, a densely populated metropolitan city. We travelled in two separate vehicles with eight people in each, including me. It was a routine that was followed on that particular day of travel. Once in the vehicle, the designated student in charge should check the headcount, and only if it is tallied should the vehicle move away. Throughout the day of official industry visits, it went through. The last field visit was to the airport. After the control room visit, the students went up to see the runways from the open terrace. They watched the landing of a Boeing. Around 7.30 pm, we started from the airport and reached the guest house at around 9.30 pm. While going to bed, I visited all of them and checked the headcount. One was found missing.
Is it the platform? The so-called missing student fell at my feet and said that having seen only the landing of an aircraft, he wanted to see a flight take-off and waited. After seeing the take-off, he discovered that he was alone and that they had all vanished. He felt that, in that way, he wanted to be more knowledgeable than his groupmates.
Ignorance or negligence? He himself searched for his groupmates but could not succeed. He did not have knowledge of contacting the airport authorities. He lost his confidence and fainted and fell into the open space where he was watching the plane take off. He could hear the announcement but could not go to the announcement section because of his ignorance. He did not know how to go out of the airport to get a taxi to go to the guest house. When asked, he said he did not bring all the travel document copies from the room and had no money with him other than Rupees 10 in his hand. He didn't even know what the name of the guest house where he was staying was.
Finally, when I asked the group of students about their lack of communication with me once they found him, they said the so-called missed out student himself wanted to tell me everything and get an apology. They found him around 1.45 am and because of the last day of Lord Ganesh's celebration, heavy traffic and could not come early.
Conclusion Despite repeated instructions, how should such activities for students be referred to? Is it ignorance or negligence or purposeful? There are grounds for knowledge comparisons. We provide a study platform, we direct them to the East and West, and it is their responsibility to follow them to a career take-off.