In an attempt to meet and fulfill the needs of industries, a committee of subject experts has been set up by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), which will help in revising and formulating the new syllabus for engineering in India. The committee is in charge of revising the existing syllabi and suggesting the needful changes. Seeing the falling employment of the engineering graduates, AICTE decided to take the step.
Meeting industry needs
Working in the same direction, AICTE has issued regulations under which a single entrance exam for getting admissions in the engineering colleges was approved. The single entrance exam is named as NEEM (National Entrance Exam). HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar also asked engineering colleges to revise their engineering curriculum keeping the needs and standards of industry in mind.
A dedicated committee to revise the syllabus
The committee consists of sub-groups of experts of different subjects and each subgroup is headed by a professor from IIT.
Prior to all this, AICTE had a model curriculum which used to serve as a base for the universities for preparing their own syllabus. For the first time in nine years, a committee of experts is all set to revise the existing syllabus and any suggestions in this regard will be submitted after summer vacation, just in time for the new academic session.
Pradipta Banerji, former IIT-Roorkee director, welcomed the AICTE's decision to revise the syllabus and 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."
"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," said a senior official from the human resource development (HRD) ministry.
"There has to be a constant dialogue between educational institutes and the industry. Each institution, while applying for approval, will have to mandatorily certify the completion of this process. If they fail to do so, action will be taken against them," he added.