AICTE to reduce theory and focus more on practical
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is aiming at introducing to its model curriculum to the students of this academic year across engineering and technical institutions as the first batch. According to Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of AICTE, the curriculum is likely to be firmed up within the next few days before being formally launched.
As per R Balamurugan, Regional Officer of AICTE, the new curriculum will be way different from the current one. As per the plan, the theory of the existing curriculum will be made minimal and restricted to projected-oriented activities only.
With the stated aim of reducing the load of the students, hence, the number of credits required for theory will also come down drastically. Also, the number of topics will also be reduced, so that the students will be free to think on implementation. The approach of the new curriculum will be purely based on training and design oriented. The ultimate aim of introducing the new curriculum is to improve the skills of students, Balamurugan pointed out.
The official said more focus would be given to real-time examples of the content that will engage students with laboratory assignments. More time will be provided for students to focus on hands-on experience, practical, design and development activities as well as to improve analytical abilities.
To come up with the new curriculum, AICTE formed several committees to work on the development of content. An estimated 12 committees were constituted on various streams such as chemical and civil engineering; electrical, mechanical and textile engineering; mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, metallurgy and materials science; and engineering and computer science. The members of these committees included professors from IITs across the country.
Although AICTE is in the forefront in shaping up a broad framework of the curriculum, the council has given the option of 20% flexibility for the states to localise the content as per their regional requirements. For instance, a particular state would want to provide a fillip to the textile. The texts in that specific state might as well wish to localise the content by adding more textiles related topics. According to the officials of AICTE, the independent colleges have more discretion to implement the new curriculum, so, the universities will have to follow the set curriculum, which should be accompanied by its affiliated colleges.
According to Balamurugan, Anna University has already started aligning with the model by advancing examinations to make sure that students get sufficient time in the summer months to attend industry internships. According to the officials, the final announcement about the launch of the curriculum will be notified in the public domain within 20 days.
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