Pune: Under the new curriculum for the engineering course, the Minister of Human Research Development (MHRD) has emphasised more on an industrial based syllabus, and credits for the subject has been reduced from 220 to 160. Out of 160 credits, 14 will be given for compulsory summer internship.
A new curriculum for engineering and technical education has been launched by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) on January 24. The new syllabus was released at the hands of MHRD Prakash Javadekar.
Chairman of AICTE Anil Sahasrabudhe has constituted subject-wise heads of committees from IITs and two-three academic experts along with industry experts should develop the model curriculum of undergraduate engineering courses and faculty induction programme.
He further informed that students, who are able to achieve additional 20 credits, can receive the undergraduate degree with honours or additional minor engineering certificate. These credits can be acquired through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).
According to the updated syllabus, the first time aspirants of engineering will have to undertake a mandatory three-week orientation programme. Last week when Sahasrabudhe was in Pune, he had informed that as the current syllabus of engineering course has become quite old, it should be restructured and the new academic syllabus will be implemented from the upcoming academic year.
"The changes in syllabus have been made keeping in view students diversity. Many students coming from rural areas face difficulty in English. This orientation programme will work as a counselling session for these students and help them settle in a new environment easily," said Sahasrabudhe.
This new curriculum also includes teachers orientation and training programme as per industry updates.
Similarly, the model curriculum for postgraduate courses in engineering will have 68 credits. Model curriculum of 18 PG specialisations was also launched.
MHRD and AICTE have insisted upon regular revision of model curriculum to meet the industrial requirements in order to help students to get better employability; start-ups and other avenues for higher studies. The institutions and universities in India should adopt this 'model curriculum' and depending on local needs may tweak the curriculum, read the press release of AICTE.