A new Model Curriculum is launched by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) which will be applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and management courses from the next academic year i.e. from the year 2018-2019. The new curriculum will introduce the concept of Virtual Laboratories.
“AICTE constituted subject-wise heads of committees from IITs with the respective team of 2-3 academic experts along with industry experts to develop the model curriculum of undergraduate engineering courses and faculty Induction program.” said by Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe , Chairman, AICTE
He also said that a 3-week orientation program is made mandatory for the first year as a part of the syllabus, this will help students from various backgrounds to sink into the new environment. The Chairman added that AICTE will work for improving the curriculum on a regular basis so that students are kept updated with the current technological trends. This will help the student with their employability.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, said that higher education in India has grown exponentially and the government has taken various steps to ensure quality education is provided to the students. He added to overcome the outdated syllabus this Model Curriculum is introduced and also the inclusion of mandatory internship for students will help students to learn more of the industry demands and work culture so that they can offer what industry demands of a graduate.
According to the new curriculum, the number of credits, for undergraduate theory paper, has been decreased from 220 to 160. Also, the summer internship is made a mandatory part of the syllabus which has 14 credits. To get an undergraduate engineering degree a student has to gain credit score between 150-160. For undergraduate degree with Honors or additional Minor Engineering, a student has to score additional 20 credit. The additional credits can be earned through MOOCs.
Curriculum for postgraduate courses has also been developed with 68 credit. The minimum number of credits to be secured for MBA/PGDM course is 102 credit.