In an important change to syllabus, first-year engineering students will now have to submit projects, a course requirement that earlier started only by the third year of study.
The new requirement is part of Savitribai Phule Pune University’s changes in syllabus for engineering faculty, to meet the growing industry demand for students with more practical knowledge. Further changes also include mandatory industry internships from the second year onwards.
The new syllabus also incorporates three weeks of a mandatory induction programme for students, which will be divided into two segments — two weeks in the first semester and one week in the second. The chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education, Anil Sahasrabudhe, said although the three-week induction programme is mandatory, many universities have to change their schedule to implement it.
Arvind Shaligram, dean, Science and Technology at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), said, “As a part of project-based learning, first-year students will now be required to submit projects by the end of the academic year. This will be a small project, for two credits. For the second year, we are planning to introduce mandatory internships, which will again earn them credits. All these changes have been made to make the syllabus less theoretical.”
It’s also for the first time that all colleges under SPPU have been asked to implement the induction programmes. “Last year, we were unable to implement this step because of a different syllabus pattern and shortage of time. This year, however, the academic schedule has been altered to accommodate the the induction programme. Since the admission process has been delayed, we will have the first two weeks of the first semester and one week at the start of the second semester,” Shaligram added.
Engineering colleges across the city said they have planned fun programmes for three weeks for the newly-inducted students. “The induction programme has been designed to make new students feel more comfortable with the college environment. Yoga sessions, visits to important locations in the city, industry visits, talks from experts and music sessions have been planned by our college. We started last Saturday,” said BB Ahuja, director, College of Engineering, Pune.
Madhuri Khambete, the principal of the Cummins College of Engineering for Women, said the college has planned several events spread over two semesters. “These programmes will help students bond better. They will also understand the nature of technical education,” she said.
But not all colleges have been able to accommodate these induction programmes as they require changes to the university calendar, which are yet to be carried out. “These programmes are mandatory. But many universities have to change their academic calendar to facilitate affiliated colleges. So, we are taking up the matter with vice chancellors. But autonomous colleges with freedom to have their own calendar should implement this,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE.
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