From this year, final-year engineering students will have practical exams. At least two subjects in each engineering branch will have a practical component that will carry either for 25 or 50 marks.
The academic council, a governing body of the University of Mumbai, approved the revised syllabus on Tuesday. The practical exam will be conducted by an external examiner.
“This way, colleges will have the latest equipment in their laboratories. The examiner will have the mandate to check on the equipment. There are cases where colleges don’t buy the latest technology; this system will keep a check on them,” said Sandeep Sahare, dean of technology.
Over the last few years, the entire engineering syllabus has been updated year-wise. The first-, second- and third-year courses have also introduced practical examinations.
Final-year students are glad. “Engineers need to have practical experience. It will also give us the opportunity to score full marks,” said Ramesh Jalan, a final-year student.
Apart from the syllabus approval, the academic council also allowed colleges to admit additional students up to 15 per cent of their intake capacity.
This is because many students cancel their admissions once they get into other colleges. So colleges can apply to the university for additional intake.
Earlier, the additional intake allowed was a maximum of 10 per cent. Already 29 colleges have applied for extra intake.