In the age of Artificial Intelligence and bullet trains, teaching decade-old technologies are passé and the engineering syllabus needs a to be revamped to include big data analysis and Internet of Things(IoT). Considering this, the new academic session starting next July will have a revised engineering syllabus that is designed to make Indian engineers more employable through practical learning and new courses.
A top official of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the body that regulates technical education in the country said that the changed syllabus will tackle the issue of dwindling placements of fresh engineering graduates.
Out of the 3,000 registered Indian engineering institutes, which produce an estimated 7 lakh engineers every year, barely half of them are able to secure a job on campus. According to AICTE, out of a total of 7.58 lakh graduates, only 3.34 lakh got jobs through campus placements in 2015-16.
Therefore, the AICTE has prepared the revised engineering curriculum as per the recommendations of 11 subject committees it had set up for engineering and technical institutes, excluding the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The curriculum has been approved by the human resource development ministry.
Graduates need to be aware of recent trends and their application in the real world. They should be equipped with the latest developments and advancements that will give them an edge and help them to get hired.