AICTE has revamped the engineering and technical courses to make students more competent and job ready to meet the ever-changing industry demands.
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 per the updates available as of now, the AICTE move is intended to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry. Therefore, under the revised curriculum, the number of credits required for the theory has been cut down to 160 from earlier 220. Now it has also been made mandatory that 14 out of total 160 credits will be for summer internships. According to the senior official, the new curriculum is all about giving students practical knowledge by keeping them engaged in a laboratory than in theory class.
Although top engineering colleges offer internships to students, yet a vast majority of 6000 plus institutes, who do not have such a provision, have now to offer internship as a mandatory part of the curriculum. The mandatory internship will be of two to three months and will be completed during summer vacation. It will help students know the ins and outs of the industry and acquire skills required for the job.
Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, launched the new curriculum on Wednesday. He lauded the efforts of the regulatory body and also emphasized the need to update the curriculum every year and carrying out reforms to match the industry demands. With this, the education sector will be able to pass out engineering graduates that are more competent and job ready.
The current efforts to make students industry ready by MHRD is laudable and particularly, the inclusion of mandatory internship – industry and social – will help engineering students connect with the need of the industry in a better way and above all, society at large. The step has been taken to address the complaints that more than 60 percent of students passing out of technical institutes are not industry ready and require a great skill enhancement.