Engineering Courses in India to undergo Syllabus Revision: Says AICTE. Syllabus in engineering courses in India is set to undergo revision process to meet the requirements of the Engineering industry. It may be changed wherever required just to fulfil industry requirements. The AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) has confirmed the news and set up a committee of engineering subject experts to review the existing syllabus as it has now become old, and the latest subjects are to be added. The move of AICTE mainly aims to address concerns about the falling employability of engineers and every possible move is taken by the authority to increase employability rate.
This committee will make changes in the syllabus of all engineering colleges (excluding IITs and NITs) according to the industry requirements across the country. The AICTE has previously which approved a single entrance examination for the engineering colleges approved by AICTE and now issued a regulation that will make it mandatory that all affiliated technical Universities revise their syllabi after consultation with industry players. Every year, each engineering institution will now have to set up a subject-wise industry consultation Committees (ICCs). The process of setting up ICCs and revising the syllabus has to be completed by December every year.
Earlier, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had also asked to the engineering institutes to revise their syllabi according to industry requirements. AICTE has made this move after receiving feedback by the centre on the dismal state of engineering education in the country. In India, there are total 3,000-odd registered engineering institutes that produce more than 7 lakh engineers every year but only 30 to 40% of them grab the job in the Industry. The low-employability rate in India is the main reason to make this decision. The AICTE hoping that the decision will change the employability rate in India.
Experts Opinion on Engineering Syllabus Change
Former IIT-Roorkee director Pradipta Banerji said. “The crucial part is – it will be done in consultation with the industry. Most engineers remain unemployed because their skills are not in sync with industry requirements.”
An official from the MHRD said “The fields of engineering and technology undergo changes every day, and we need to keep up with their requirements. Students need to have skills required by the industry. Some of the institutes are still teaching decades-old syllabi and using obsolete teaching tools.” He also said that "there should be a constant dialogue between the Industry and Institutes. Each Institution who want approval will have to assure that they are certifying the completion of this process. If any Institute fails to do so, an appropriate action will be taken against them."
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