The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made some strategic changes in the Curriculum of the Engineering Students. From the upcoming academic year, students will also study about Vedas, Puranas, and yoga along with bullet trains and internet. The engineering students will also have topics on environment and constitution.
The newly added topics emphasize on promoting social and environmental responsibility among the youth. These topics are made mandatory, but their scores will not affect the final grades of the student. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the syllabus has been updated by preparing a model curriculum. It is the right of the student to have updated syllabus, he added.
The course is based on Indian Knowledge and tradition which will also focus on Indian philosophy, language, and arts. It also brings out Yoga and the modern scientific perspective.
A professor from IIT Kanpur, Dheeraj Sanghi said that including non-discipline courses is a good thing but it shouldn’t be made mandatory. The new curriculum also shifted some of the focus from theory to lab work. The theory marks have been reduced from 220 to 160.
Further, students will have to visit some industries and interact with social welfare organizations. 7 lakh engineers are passing out from 3,000 engineering colleges throughout India. But, only half of them are able to find employment. The new curriculum expects to instill some skills and required knowledge in the students.