From the next academic year, technical education institutions in India are likely to have new syllabus tailor-made as per industry needs with skill improvement courses for pass-outs, before joining the industry.
Damodaran Acharya, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), told Hindustan Times that entire course curriculum is being revamped. “Our emphasis is to reduce the core content and increase basic science and management part in the syllabus,” he said, while adding that the students will learn more than just technical aspects of the course.
The government was forced to look at the syllabus following NASSCOM report that only 30-40 per cent of graduates from Indian technical education institutes are worth employing. The government initiated dialogue with NASSCOM and a committee was formed to deliberate on the issue.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked educationists to improve basic science content in courses to improve students’ interest towards basic science. The work on new syllabus for 10 different streams is almost complete and it would be ready by March this year.
“The syllabus would be circulated to universities for adoption,” Acharya said, but added that the”choice is theirs”. His advice to the universities is that they should adopt the curriculum, as it has been prepared after examining best practices in technical educational institutions in the world.