From the next academic year, technical education institutions in India are likely to have new syllabus tailor-made as per industry needs and will have skill improvement courses for pass-outs, before joining the industry.
Damodaran Acharya, Chairman of 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. Thereafter, the government initiated dialogue with NASSCOM and a committee was formed to deliberate on the issue. "Reworking the syllabus was one of the recommendations of the committee," an HRD ministry official said. 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 their". His advice to universities is that they should adopt the curriculum, as it has been prepared after examining best practices in technical educational institutions in the world.
Why the syllabus change is required, the HRD ministry can tell you, as it has decided to open fitness institutes to make engineering graduates fit for employment. "We will soon open seven such institutes in National Institutes of Technology (NIT) for those graduating from these institutes. The courses would be run during summer vacation," said RP Aggarwal,Secretary, Higher Education.
The institute will run course prepared by industry for engineering students with emphasis on management, administration and corporate affairs. "We want to teach them about the industry and its needs before they are recruited," a ministry official said.
Aggarwal also announced at the Social Editors Conference that three new IITs would be opened in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, two School of Planning and Architectures in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Bhopal. Apart from them, 20 IIITs will be opened with the help of private sector.