The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has today revamped curriculum for engineering and technical courses across the country to make students more competent and job ready to meet the ever-changing industry demands. The new curriculum was launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.
In order to make the technical and engineering courses meet the current industry demands, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), known as the country’s technical education regulator, has changed the engineering course curriculum to a greater extent. AICTE has asked the engineering colleges affiliated to it to reduce theory burden on the students and focus more on practical learning.
As a result, the number of credits required for B.Tech courses has been reduced from 220 to 160 and the technical education regulator has asked engineering schools to have periodic revision of course work.
Out of the 160 credits, 14 credits will be for industry exposure via internships. Around six to eight weeks of internship is mandatory for engineering students before completing their bachelor’s degree. Right now, though top schools offer internships to students, a vast majority of the 6000 plus schools don’t have such a provision.
Several studies have found that around three-fourths of engineering graduates find it tough to get jobs. Javadekar said inclusion of mandatory internship, “both industry and social”, will help engineering graduates have better connect with the industry and society. Social internship is already in vogue at top B-Schools where they go and work with civil rights organizations or on corporate social responsibility projects.
The minister said the burgeoning technical education sector with some 11000 schools across verticals, needs a yearly updation of courses and advised regular training for professors as per the changing need of industries.