The unparalleled engineering institutes in the country are in for some stiff competition. Students may soon start opting for the more eclectic and cross-disciplined technical programme run by Delhi University (DU) as against the regular engineering courses available in India.
With DU having rolled out its cluster innovation centre (CIC) in October 2011, students with a keen interest in both science and humanities can now get a BTech (Bachelor of Technology) or a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree from the centre.Even though the centre is at its nascent stages, it is soon to gather momentum with the university all set to expand this facility and bring it on a par with the better engineering colleges in the country.
According to sources, when the centre started its operations last year, students were trickling in gradually due to a crunch in infrastructure.
To iron this out, DU will hire more faculty members with a multi-faceted academic background. It is hoping to recruit some of the best minds that will constitute its student base.
“The course will involve the all round development of an individual, including communication and leadership skills. It will also connect one discipline to another so these children will be able to engineer anything from biotechnology to economics to mathematics,” Dinesh Singh, vice chancellor, DU, said, adding, “We are trying to bring in faculty well versed with every discipline.”
While the centre accommodates 40 students per batch and is spread out across four years (eight semesters), its curriculum is structured such that only 40% is theoretical, while the rest includes practical, hands-on training.
“At the centre, students are taught to think out-of-the-box. The course combines high-end knowledge with innovative thinking and real world applications,” added Singh.
In addition to this, its ‘engineering kitchen’ will also have an array of equipment and technological know-how, which will provide a strong scope for students to put their ideas into practise through increased experimentation.
This is good news for students who had been looking out for a mix of technical and humanities-oriented courses.
Among other papers such as calculus, digital architecture, biology and physics, students will also be taught economic behaviour, communication skills and environment management.