To meet the latest technological needs, an industry-specific syllabus for all engineering colleges was unveiled by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on January 24, 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe said the AICTE has constituted subject-wise heads of the committees from IITs with respective team of 2-3 academic experts along with industry expert to develop the model curriculum of undergraduate engineering courses and faculty Induction program.
Explaining various initiatives taken by the AICTE, he said a three-week mandatory induction program for students has also been introduced in the first year.
“Various initiatives taken by the AICTE include the Model Curriculum for UG & PG Courses in Engineering and Management, Induction Programme for Engineering Students, Industry readiness and Mandatory Internships for Students, start-ups and innovation,” he said, adding, “A three-week mandatory induction program for students has been introduced in the first year which will help the students to adjust in the new environment as they come with diverse thoughts, backgrounds and preparations.”
He informed that a novel concept of Virtual Laboratories has also been introduced in the model curriculum.
He talked about the credit system as the eligibility criteria for students and said students with additional 20 credits will be eligible to get Under Graduate degree with Honours or additional Minor Engineering.
“A range of credits from 150 to 160 has been kept for a student to be eligible to get Under Graduate degree in Engineering,” he said, adding, “A student will be eligible to get Under Graduate degree with Honours or additional Minor Engineering, if he/she completes an additional 20 credits. The minimum number of credits for award of MBA/ PGDM course is 102 credits.”
Saying that the AICTE will ensure revision of the model curriculum on regular basis, he said the it will certainly help students achieve better employability.
“The AICTE will ensure revision of the model curriculum on regular basis,” he said, adding, “Updation will certainly help students to achieve better employability, start-ups and other avenues for higher studies.”
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who unveiled the syllabus, said the government will provide best teachers, best infrastructure and best scholarships to all students.
“The government is committed to provide best teachers, best infrastructure and best scholarships to all the students,” the HRD minister said, adding, “Teachers must have passion to teach and they should follow a comprehensive design of quality practice.”
The minister said that the existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is the students’ right.
“Inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social, will help engineering graduates connect with the need of the industry and society at large,” he said while releasing the Model Curriculum for Undergraduate & Postgraduate Degree courses in Engineering & Technology and Management courses (MBA and PGDM).
Saying that quality education is the only way to progress, the minister said the higher education in India especially technical education has witnessed an exponential growth in last few years.
“Quality education is the only way to progress and we have taken various initiatives to give impetus to the growth of quality education,” he said, adding, “ The higher education in India especially technical education has witnessed an exponential growth in last few years.”
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh said that providing quality education is the top priority as it will add value to students and society.
“The aim of life should not be materialistic and one must learn the traditional values and our cultural ethos,” he said.