Dhawal Shah

Project Manager at Adapty Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Q. For our readers, can you tell us about your job profile and elaborate on the industry you are currently working in?

I work as project manager cum technical architect in a software services firm. I expertise in E-COMMERCE domain. We provide and implement E-COMMERCE solutions for our clients using various frameworks available in the market.

Q. What are the upcoming domains, technologies and skill sets in the industry that are high in demand right now and expect an even further surge in the coming years?

Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain are upcoming and we shall see many applications of these in future. JavaScript technologies has picked up a lot in recent years and will continue the same in the future. DEV OPS and Cloud computing is another practice which is very much in demand and must for everyone to learn.

Q. How big is the gap between the average quality of engineers in our country and the required level in the industry? What steps can the government and colleges take to reduce this gap?

With the industry evolving at such a pace, the gap is huge as the engineers are not aware of the new technologies. Curriculum should be revised often to incorporate new technologies. Curriculum should focus on implementing actual use cases using the latest technologies.

Q. How important are soft skills to become successful in any industry? How do you think colleges can prepare students better and improve this aspect (soft skills)?

They are really important, as it helps you represent your thoughts and your work effectively. Business communication across all mediums and etiquettes should be thought. Platform should be provided to students to communicate and collaborate with peers and industry professionals frequently.

Q. With the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ programmes launched by the government in 2014 and 2015 respectively, what are the noticeable impacts of these programmes in the industry?

Nothing much, its more or less the same.

Q. What advice would you like to give to an engineer who is in the first or second year of his/her course?

Try to keep up the pace with industry trends, read blogs and technology related news regularly. Keep learning new technologies and keep working on mini projects.

Q. What are the different ways you think you can collaborate with our department and help our students?

Inform them about industry trends. Guide then on how to learn new things. Answer queries if any.