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.
The plan is to make the courses meet future job requirements more fully. To make technical education more ‘vocational’, there will be -- in collaboration with the industry -- more stress on practical job training.
R.A. Yadav, vice-chairman, AICTE, told HT: “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.
Headed by senior academicians like Dr M.M. Faroqui, former vice-chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, the boards have representatives from IT and related industries to make syllabuses job-friendly. 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 directly under the AICTE’s control. It is hoped they will 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 industry. Recently, NASSCOM, which represents the IT industry, said most IT professionals 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 to make youths better equipped.
According to NASSCOM estimates, the IT sector will soon face a shortage of five-lakh manpower.
“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.