IIT Delhi to roll out four years Engineering Science Course

Several IITs have been allowing 10% of their students to change engineering branches after the first year, provided they have good academic records; have completed the full complement of courses with no examination backlog. Every year students opting for branch change surpass the 10% cap. Most students rush to change their stream and desire to go for the most coveted Computer Science that continues to be overcrowded. Engineering Science has been introduced to address this problem. Students will get to understand the relevance of all the streams before jumping for a stream change after the first year, says a TOI report.

“The four-year Engineering Science course will enrol students who are not ready to take the pressure of choosing specialisation right after class XII. This course will equip them will all the facets of Engineering science,” says V Ramgopal Rao, director, IIT Delhi, who wants the students to make an informed decision while opting for engineering branches after class XII.

A committee will soon be formed by IIT Delhi, which will consist of its senate members. Looking at the success of the course, this may eventually be launched in other IITs. Rao points at an urgent need to have a national-level counselling facility to help students analyse their aptitude well before getting into the domain of engineering studies. Streams are allotted based on the JEE Advanced rankings. So, students with high scores get into Computer Science, irrespective of their interest in studying Mechanical or any other desired stream. “Students choose engineering branches based on the legacy of their seniors or parents’ advice. They must explore their own potential as parents’ knowledge about disciplines and job prospects are outdated,” adds Rao.

The Engineering Science course will allow students to learn about the engineering basics in the first year and opt for a desired field of specialisation in the second. “People do better when they pursue the subjects they like and IITs are working towards helping students make that choice when they are deeply engaged in the engineering curriculum,” Balakrishnan, Deputy Director (Strategy and Planning), IIT Delhi said.

The IIT Delhi was formally inaugurated August 1961. The current campus has an area of 320 acres (or 1.3 km²) and is bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north and flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments. The Institute was later decreed in Institutes of National Importance under the Institutes of Technology Amendment Act, 1963 and accorded the status of a full University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees. The IIT Delhi also given the status of Institute of Eminence (IoE) which graded autonomy but full autonomy, leaving this institutes to make their own decisions. According to a government statement issued earlier, these IoEs will have greater autonomy in that they will be able to admit foreign students up to 30% of the admitted students and recruit foreign faculty up to 25% of the faculty strength.

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