Students are required to undergo some daily activities including games, sports and other physical activities during the first three weeks of their enrolment.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the apex statutory body for monitoring the engineering studies in the country, makes it mandatory for new students enrolled for engineering programmes to undergo the induction programme from this year onward. Students from more than 3000 engineering colleges accredited to the AICTE will need to take part in the daily routine activities, which include games, sports and other physical activities.
The AICTE took this initiative to provide a new environment for students where each student requires selecting one game for three weeks. During these three weeks, students will need to learn the game he or she selected.
As per the AICTE, this will help students look beyond the classroom and focus on other activities as well. According to the technical education regulator, Anil Sahasrabudhe, students will be given the exposure to participate in the physical activities, social concerns and arts during the span of the first three weeks. The AICTE officials further said that these kinds of activities will help to resolve some critical problems students face throughout their career, for instance, conducting special English learning classes for students who require more command over the English language.
An AICTE official further stated, “Also, students from the disadvantaged sections of the society and economically weaker sections will also get an opportunity to go for extra classes for Physics and Mathematics so that they are able to keep up with what is being taught in the classrooms.”
Institutes will not conduct any classes during the span of these activities, the AICTE official further ensured.
Students will be encouraged to select one skill they want to excel in and also hold the discussions on the Universal values, which aims to build a strong relationship between students and teachers throughout their course and perhaps beyond.
The chairperson of the technical education regulator stated last year, “These should run like crash courses so that when normal courses start after the induction program, the student has overcome the lacunas substantially. We hope that problems arising due to lack of English skills, wherein students start lagging behind or failing in several subjects, for no fault of theirs, would, hopefully, become a thing of the past.”
Notably, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the prominent institutes of the country, conduct such induction programmes for their students already.