3 INTERNSHIPS MANDATORY FOR ENGINEERING STUDENTS
Internships for engineering students has been in news for some time. But the latest news is that the students have to do at least three internships.
As per the new action plan of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), every engineering student has to do three internships, each spanning 4-8 weeks before completing their undergraduate course. AICTE has fixed the responsibility of helping students find internships at suitable industry or organisation on the respective institutions.
This was announced by union minister of state for human resource development Mahendranath Pandey in the Lok Sabha.
Revision of curriculum
AICTE has also proposed that the curriculum needs to be changed every year. Mahendranath Pandey, the union minister of state for human resource development, said that every affiliating technical university shall constitute subject-wise industry consultation committee with the mandate of examining the existing curriculum and for making suitable changes in the curriculum every year.
This process shall be completed in December each year for the courses to be offered in the coming academic year.
Each institution, while applying for approval, should certify completion of this process, which will be mandatory.
“Technology is changing so rapidly that by the time the curriculum is discussed, drafted and published, the technology would have become obsolete. With many varsities still sticking to the old formula of modifying the curriculum once in a few years, the new rule will definitely be a game-changer,” said a VTU professor who did not want to be named.
The minister also said that all students passing out of undergraduate courses would be imparted technical and soft skills required for working in the industry encompassing managerial skills, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, communication skills, team-working skills and technical skills.
“There shall be efforts at every level for promoting innovation and creativity in the students. Innovation drives like hackathons shall be promoted so that innovative ideas can emerge that can be incubated in the start-up centres.”