Government body will approve setting up of new institutes only if they offer courses in AI, IoT, Blockchain, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Data Sciences
From the academic session 2020-2021, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will give approval to start new technical institutes only in nine emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Data Sciences, Cyber Security, 3D printing and Design, AR/VR .
Rajive Kumar, the adviser, P&AP, AICTE, confirmed to Education Times, that the decision has been taken to introduce emerging technologies in the Engineering curriculum.
“In order to meet the changing industry demands, we need to train students in advanced technologies. AICTE will approve newly established technical institutes, accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) or the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), only if nine technological subjects are introduced at the undergraduate level,” said Kumar.
“No new institute will get permission from AICTE to introduce bachelor degree courses in traditional engineering disciplines such as Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Electronics engineering with the obsolete syllabus,” he adds. The decision says Kumar has been taken to control the mushrooming of a number of institutes in every state, offering traditional courses that have no use in the industries.
To make faculty member technologically sound, AICTE has been conducting various workshops at NITs and IITs since January. “We have organised five workshops under which roughly 500-600 teachers have been trained and given hands-on exposure through quality improvement programs (QIP) in AI, ML, Robotics, 3D Printing, etc. These trained faculty members can mentor teachers and professors at their university,” says Kumar.
AICTE will start accepting the applications from new technical colleges for introducing the courses in emerging technologies from November 2019. However, if the existing technical institutes want to upgrade their curriculum structure, they can submit the query to AICTE before the commencement of the new session in July 2019.
As per the AICTE’s new policy, technical institutes are also advised to introduce multi-disciplinary engineering courses, especially in computational biology, biotechnology, biomedical, mechatronics, space, aerospace, agriculture, and environmental engineering, by reducing the seats in conventional disciplines and converting some of the existing seats into these areas.
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