IIT Bombay is looking at introducing new courses such as filmmaking, economics and other fine arts programmes to expand its portfolio of programmes offered.
IIT Bombay, one of the most prestigious technological institutions of India, is now going to offer several new programmes ranging from filmmaking, to a completely new set of fine arts programmes. This move termed as Vision- 2021, is aimed to reposition IIT Bombay as a university and split its portfolio.
The Powaii based institution aims to expand its range of programmes offered and grow into a university in itself, introducing new courses and programmes, within a span of four years. One of the key aims of the institution is to be able to accommodate and admit both, students and faculty from abroad, thus stepping into a global space.
Rangan Banerjee, the institute’s Forbes Marshall Chair Professor - stated in a document that the motive is to focus on the students themselves, as being creators of knowledge in the society. The institute believes that the effect of IITians is not just and shouldn’t be restricted, just to technology. The proposed programme would provide an expansion and diversification of the current curricula for undergraduate programmes and also introduce disciplines that are not currently offered at the institute.
Vision 2021 includes several aims and strategies. Some of them include allocation of accommodation and privacy to married couples, increased student experience, etc. The institute is expecting donations and monetary assistance from alumni and through the researches performed by the faculty.
The document further states the institute aims towards a multi-disciplinary culture. It states that a Master’s Degree in filmmaking and fine arts are under consideration and a Ph.D. in policy studies, focusing on technology, will begin in the coming future.
From the present academic year, an undergraduate programme in Economics will be offered, whereas programmes in Biology, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Management, Social Sciences and Humanities will commence in the upcoming, future academic years.
In an interview to a news publication, Rangan said that the institute would be looking forward to feedback from the students to help plan and guide the process and vision further. The feedback will help in the execution of the plan and change the existing course of things to achieve successful and fruitful results for the vision.
Banerjee further commented on the major areas of the vision, saying that the final goal is to be able to provide single rooms to everybody, which is all dependent on resource allocation for the same. To improve the academic performance of the institute, a better advisory system for the academically weak students has also been proposed.
A plan to hire foreign faculty on a five-year contract basis is also to be implemented.