The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched a Model Curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate degree in engineering & technology and management courses (MBA and PGDM). As per the revised curriculum, which will be implemented across technical institutions from the year 2018-19, number of credits to be earned for the theory paper of undergraduate engineering degree has been revised from 220 to 160. Further, summer internship worth 14 credits has also been made a mandatory part of the curriculum.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, while releasing the Model Curriculum said that higher education in India, especially technical education, has witnessed an exponential growth in the last few years. He added that quality education is the only way to progress and that the government has taken various initiatives to give impetus to quality education. The minister said that the existing syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is the students’ right. He further added that the inclusion of mandatory internship, both industry and social, will help engineering graduates cater to the demands of the industry and society at large.
The model curriculum will also include the concept of Virtual Laboratories.
Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, explained, “AICTE constituted subject-wise heads of committees from IITs with respective team of 2-3 academic experts along with industry experts to develop the model curriculum of undergraduate engineering courses and faculty Induction program.” He also informed that a three-week mandatory induction program for students has been introduced in the first year which will help students to adjust in the new environment as they come from diverse backgrounds.
To earn under graduate degree in engineering, candidates have to earn credits between 150 to 160. For under graduate degree with Honours or additional Minor Engineering, the candidate has to complete an additional 20 credits. The additional credits can be earned through MOOCs. A model curriculum for post graduate engineering courses with 68 credits has also be developed along similar lines. Model curriculum of 18 post graduate specializations was launched.
Prof. Sahasrabudhe further informed that the minimum number of credits for awarding MBA/ PGDM course is 102 credits. The Chairman further emphasized that AICTE will ensure revision of the model curriculum on a regular basis with the intent to help students improve their employability and future academic prospects. The institutions/ universities in India are requested to adopt this “Model Curriculum” and depending on local needs may tweak the curriculum.