Author(s): Mahajan P T, Golahit S B
Technology Education or Technical Education (TE) is a key driver for the growth and development of a country and is essential input for national development and for strengthening of the industry, economy and ultimately improving the quality of life of the people. Rapid and drastic changes in economic growth are creating higher demands for TE. Most of developed countries witnessed economic growth with the promotion of TE in the country. There is a rapid growth of TE in last decade in terms of the no. of institutes and the intake capacity in India. However, there is noticeable gap in between the actual no. of enrollments and intake capacity of these institutes along with poor performance of institutes in terms of service provided specially by private institutions which resulted in enormous unemployment in India. This study is sought to investigate a perception and determination towards accessing TE with 11 P’s of Service Marketing Mix rather than traditional service marketing mix of 7 P’s. The study discloses different approaches by the service providers (institutions) and service consumers (students) to TE in terms of 11 P’s of marketing mix; program, price, place, promotion, people, physical evidence, process, and additional P’s; performance, position, pleasure and pointing-out. Findings of the study will be useful for the institutes, government and direct or indirect service providers of TE in developing an effective strategic plan through 11 P’s, that will not only boost TE in terms of quantity but also improve quality and performance of the service providers. A qualitative research survey through a structured questionnaire for the students who are studying or have recently completed their TE in engineering, pharmacy and management from the institutes affiliated to the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon was conducted. The survey is delimited to the TE belonging to North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon and Khandesh region of India.