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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in a bid to bring changes to the higher education system, released a revamped curriculum for engineering and technical courses across the country on Wednesday. The move by the AICTE has been made to meet the demands of the industry. The new curriculum was launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. While introducing the new curriculum, Javadekar lauded the efforts of the regulatory body and stressed on updating the curriculum every year and carrying out reforms as per the needs of the industry. While talking about the same Javadekar said that higher education in India especially technical education has witnessed an exponential growth in the last few years. “Quality education is the only way to progress and we have taken various initiatives to give impetus to its growth. “The existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is a student’s right,” he said, as quoted by PTI.
According to the report, the revised curriculum will have reduced credits for a theory which have been brought down from 220 to 160. On the other hand, summer internship under the new curriculum has been made mandatory and it will have 14 out of 160 credits. A senior official while talking about the new curriculum said that it focuses more on practical by engaging students with laboratory assignments rather than on theory.
Javadekar while talking about the changes made in the curriculum said that the inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social, will help engineering graduates connect with the need of the industry and society at large. He added that the government is committed to provide the best teachers, infrastructure and scholarships to all the students. He also advised that the teachers “must have passion to teach and should follow a comprehensive design of quality practice”.
AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe while talking about the now mandatory summer internship said that under the new curriculum, it will be mandatory for the students to intern in the industry for about two to three months, even during the summer vacation, to enable them acquire the skills required for a job.
This move to revamp the curriculum for engineering, technical courses is being done by the government as nearly 60 per cent of those passing out of technical education institutions are not industry-ready and still require honing, according to a senior official. 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. Affiliating universities were asked to constitute consultation committees and make suitable changes in curriculum every year.