From this acacemic session, the three governmentrun engineering institutes of the city—PEC University of Technology, University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET)—will have the same curriculum for undergraduate courses.
Officials said that according to the new curriculum, departments as well as students will have greater flexibility in choosing courses of their interest, especially basic sciences subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, general engineering sciences, humanities, social sciences and management courses.
Meritorious students will have an option of studying additional courses and earning more credits over and above the minimum required to either get an honours degree in parent discipline or excel in another specialisations as minor. A full semester will be dedicated to industry internship, a unique feature introduced from this academic session.
The academic courses have been blended with compulsory courses on ethics and selfawareness as well as ones for developing communication skills, technical communication and soft skills, as required by the industry. Industry tours have also been made compulsory and there would be more focus on tutorial and practical classes alongside lectures.
According to the new curriculum, students will be graded throughout the semester through quizzes, assignments, project work and case studies, among other things, in addition to their end-of-the-term examinations.
According to the new curriculum, PEC will have one industry week in a semester which will see experts from the industry come to teach students in their regular courses. Courses for all the streams have been designed under the chairmanship of PEC director MK Arora. Work on the new courses had started in October 2013 on the directions of UT adviser KK Sharma, who wanted all the engineering institutes of city to have uniform curriculum, said officials.