AICTE New Model Curriculum
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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched a Model Curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate degree in engineering & technology and management courses (MBA and PGDM). As per the revised curriculum, which will be implemented across technical institutions from the year 2018-19, number of credits to be earned for the theory paper of undergraduate engineering degree has been revised from 220 to 160. Further, summer internship worth 14 credits has also been made a mandatory part of the curriculum.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, while releasing the Model Curriculum said that higher education in India, especially technical education, has witnessed an exponential growth in the last few years. He added that quality education is the only way to progress and that the government has taken various initiatives to give impetus to quality education. The minister said that the existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is the students’ right. He further added that the inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social, will help engineering graduates cater to the demands of the industry and society at large.
CHANGES IN THE REVAMPED ENGINEERING CURRICULUM:
1.The number of credits required for theory has been reduced to 160 from 220. For summer internships, 14 out of 160 credits has also been made mandatory.
2.The new curriculum focuses more on practical by engaging students with laboratory assignments rather than on theory.
3.Also, engineering students will have to study the Vedas, Puranas and tark shastra (logic).
4.Moreover, students would be expected to know about the Constitution and environment sciences as part of mandatory courses whose scores will have no bearing on their final credits.
5.Further, management programme courses have also been changed. "The minimum number of credits for award of MBA (master in business administration)/ PGDM (post graduate diploma in management) course is 102 credits," AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe told HT.
New AICTE Curriculum
Curriculum for engineering and technical courses across the country has been revamped by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to meet the demands of the industry.Under the revised curriculum, the number of credits required for theory has been reduced to 160 from 220. It has also been made mandatory that 14 out of 160 credits will be for summer internship.
A concept of Virtual Laboratories has also been introduced in the model curriculum.
A range of credits from 150 to 160 has been kept for a student to be eligible to get Under Graduate degree in Engineering. A student will be eligible to get Under Graduate degree with Honours or additional Minor Engineering, if he/she completes an additional 20 credits. These could be acquired through MOOCs. Similarly, model curriculum for Post Graduate courses in engineering shall have 68 credits.
WHY MANDATORY INTERNSHIPS?
This was being done considering complaints that nearly 60 per cent of those passing out of technical education institutions are not industry-ready and still require honing, said a senior official.
The inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social will help engineering graduates connect with the need of the industry and society at large.
Now, every student, on admission, would be put through a mandatory induction training to reinforce the fundamental concepts and the required language skills for technical education.
Meanwhile, lauding the efforts of the regulatory body, Prakash Javadekar stressed on updating the curriculum every year and carrying out reforms as per the needs of the industry.