To make Information Technology (IT) and engineering courses in institutions administered by it more ‘industry-friendly,’ the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to revamp technical education courses in 10 different streams.
RA Yadav, Vice-Chairman, AICTE, speaking to the Hindustan Times said, “Earlier this month, we constituted 10 boards to come up with a new syllabus for IT and engineering courses.”
He said the intention was to have courses which were more industry-friendly, keeping in mind job prospects in the near future.
To this end, there will be — collaboration with the concerned industry and more stress on practical job training.
The AICTE says the revamp is also aimed at attracting more students to new streams in IT education. Headed by senior academicians including MM Faroqui, former Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), the boards have representatives from IT and other related industries.
NASSCOM is expected to prepare the basic drafts for the All India Board of IT Education. The new syllabuses are likely to be introduced from the next academic year in all technical education institutes that come directly under the AICTE’s control.
The revamped syllabuses can act as ‘model’ syllabuses for adoption by institutes under the direct control of state governments. “Since technical education is a state subject, we cannot enforce the syllabus all over the country,” said an HRD Ministry official.
The move to evolve new syllabuses comes in the wake of severe criticism of technical education standards in the country by the information technology industry. Recently, NASSCOM, which represents the IT industry, stated that most IT professionals graduating from Indian institutes needed re-training to suit the needs of industry.
Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Knowledge Commission, has also stressed on improving technical-education syllabuses. According to NASSCOM estimates, the IT sector will soon face a manpower shortage of up to five lakh.
“Industry and government are teaming up and are in the process of discussing initiatives like a finishing school for IT professionals, updates and changes to the syllabus, along with some modifications to the education system from primary to secondary schools and professional education institutes,” Sunil Mehta, Vice-President, NASSCOM, recently said at a seminar.