Obsolete engineering syllabus in MP colleges is in for a revamp as employers have asked the Madhya Pradesh government to revamp the course.
For the past two decades, MP engineering students have been studying from the same syllabus. The old curriculum is creating problems for students in jobs as well as for colleges.
A professor of a government engineering college said, “The Central and the state governments are emphasising on skill development so that students can be introduced to start-ups but the policy makers do not know how to develop skills among students with an outdated syllabus.”
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has decided to change the syllabus in government as well as private-run engineering colleges with the help of IT companies, real estate companies and industrialists besides educationists and professors.
DTE director Ashish Dongre said, “We have invited the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), CII and CREDAI to give suggestions. NASSCOM and experts from IT companies are coming on Friday in the first session.”
“We will also gather suggestions from officers of government agencies including public works department (PWD), municipal corporations and Bhopal Development Authority which are involved in development works to know about their demands from civil engineering students,” said Dongre.
Students also seem happy with the decision.
A civil engineering pass-out, Vineeta Thakur, said, “This is a very good decision because we are facing a lot of problems in getting a job. Most of what we read in the four years of engineering are of no use. We feel humiliated when experts of companies ask questions on latest developments and we fail to give answers.”
Association of Technical and Professional Institutes (ATPI) secretary BS Yadav said, “This is a very good initiative by the government. RGPV and ATPI are playing a good role in this development. Students will be attracted towards MP to take admissions in engineering colleges. Similarly, companies will come to MP to hire skilled students.”
Minister of state for technical education Deepak Joshi, in the state assembly in July, had said that the number of jobless engineering graduates was growing in Madhya Pradesh as the quality of education in private-run colleges was declining.
The number of students who graduated from Indore and Ujjain divisions in 2014-15 and 2015-16 was more than 14,000, out of whom only 53% could get jobs.
As many as 3,545 engineering graduates got jobs in 2014-15, while the number of employed students grew to 3,988 in 2015-16 in Indore and Ujjain divisions.