Technical colleges in India will now have to ensure that graduates don’t simply earn a degree, but that they are also employable. All India Council for Technical Educator (AICTE), the apex regulatory body for technical education in the country, issued new guidelines in this regard taking note of the pitiable employable rate of technical graduates in the country. As per the guidelines, technical colleges will be required to make their course industry friendly, impart managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and importantly, find internship opportunities for the student in a suitable industry.
To revamp the curriculum and make them in tune in the demands of the industry, every technical college will now have an industry consultation committee. The committee will be entrusted with the task of reworking the curriculum of different courses by December. Courses from the next academic session will be based on this revamped curriculum. Each institute will have to provide documentary evidence of completion of the process at the time of applying for approval,
The revised and improved curriculum seeks to ensure that students learn important industry skills like team management, interpersonal-communication skills, crisis management, and team work. AICTE, in fact, rules that training of the student should start on the very first day of college, through a mandatory induction programme. The induction programme is meant to help students brush up their language skills and fundamentals of the subject they have chosen to study.
Guidelines for Mandatory Internship
Every technical college must ensure that during the duration of their study, a student undergoes at least three to four internships lasting between four to eight weeks. More important, the onus of finding a suitable organisation or industry for the student for internship is on the college and not the student.
It may be mentioned that until now students only undertook one internship programme, usually during the summer. There are even cases where many go without internship programmes at all, while some are reduced to relying on their contacts to get an internship opportunity. In this regard, the step taken by AICTE can be an effective measure to tackle the unemployability menace, which according to industry estimates, accounts for two-third of the total graduates.
Concept-oriented annual exam
AICTE is also in talks with the technical colleges to make the annual exam more concept oriented. AICTE is working on a model exam pattern for the purpose, which will be shared with the institutions once it is ready for individual use.
Accreditation of subjects
Additionally, according to the new guidelines, technical colleges will have up to five years’ time to get 50% of their subjects accredited. The courses will be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation. Institutes that don’t get the accreditation might also not get AICTE-approval.
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