Pune: With the new academic year, which started from mid-August, the government has slated a new industry-based curriculum for students pursuing a polytechnic diploma, which will be at par with engineering courses now.
Industry Oriented Scheme (I-scheme), a new format of curriculum has been introduced, giving more weightage to industrial experience, which includes 60 per cent practical experience and 40 per cent theory-based portion, unlike the previous one, which divided both in 50 per cent each.
The committee comprised experts from the industry, 25 per cent of senior faculty members of each stream from mechanical, civil, electrical, electronics and telecommunication (ENTC) and others.
“The syllabus has been structured in a way that will meet industrial demands. Industries have been claiming that students lack communication and soft skills. Hence, the course has been designed so that it emphasises more on communication and soft skills,” said deputy secretary of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education, MR Chitlange.
According to National Board Accreditation (NBA) instructions, a student needs to be well-equipped and learned about the course to fulfill the requirement of the industry. This new syllabus will be beneficial for students, said Chitlange.
Chitlange said there is a need to raise awareness among students regarding off-streams like hospitality and management courses, which has increasing scope today. At present, there are short-term courses of two years dedicated to special courses like Sugar Technology, Polymer and Plastic, which have limited scope but have region-wise high demands.