We all loved playing video games in our childhood. I personally loved going into the character and traveling unexplored lands. We all loved doing things which are nearly impossible for us to do in the real life.
While playing such games we unconsciously trained our minds to adapt and to make decisions in the environments that only existed in the virtual space. We indirectly went through an amateur simulation process.
Technical education is all about dealing with real-world problems and finding their solutions. But, the present Indian graduate lacks the practical skills involved in performing the real-world tasks.
A New Delhi based employment solution company, Aspiring Minds did a survey. Which said that only 3 percent engineering graduates have the skills to be employed in software the market. Moreover, only 7 percent can handle core engineering tasks. (Source: India Today)
This scenario is not only present in engineering but also in the medical department. Two out of three doctors training for a diploma in sports medicine is not able to manage basic first aid. (Source: BBC News UK)
We all have heard of cases where doctors operated wrongly on a patient. We also have heard cases where engineers made machines that are not workable.
Problems posed by practical education
So, why is this happening? Why are students facing these major issues despite spending a lot on their technical education?
The answer to it is that most of the institutes focus more on theoretical learning than focusing on practical skills. And this happens because the practical implementation of the theory is much more difficult and is prone to physical errors. Moreover, the practical scenario is more open to errors and random circumstances and also can be dangerous sometimes.
But mankind has come up with its solution also. It is known as ‘Simulation Technology’.
Simulation is just an imitation of a real-world system to the closest possible without having the problems associated with it. It is just like a video game where we face circumstances which we probably have to face in our technical profession.
This enables the student to become aware of the worst case scenarios which the student wouldn’t have gone through in the theoretical parts of the study. Many modern institutes are starting to use this technology.
The downside to it is only its expensive and complicated fabrication and installation. But with the modern technology and advances in writing computer code, we would surely solve this problem.
It is being widely used in many spheres including engineering for understanding mechanical structures, in architecture for understating building designs, in medicine for performing dummy operations, in defense for creating war-like situations and for learning special equipment and machines.
What started as a way of recreation is now transforming the lives of many by changing the way we gave education in the classroom. This totally describes the famous theory of Steve Jobs of ‘connecting the dots’, where things made to do something else have made revolutionary advances in some other spheres.
Simulation technology is truly the future of technical education.