A massive overhaul of technical education is on the cards in Telangana, with a new syllabus more suited to industry requirements to be in place by the next academic year.
In a high-level meeting chaired by information technology minister K Taraka Rama Rao and minister for education G Jagadish Reddy, it was decided that technology experts from the industry and academia will evolve a new syllabus for BE and BTech graduates. With Telangana heading towards IT and ITes expansion on a huge scale, a revamp of the pattern of technical education is the need of the hour, the ministers said.
"We want engineering graduates who are employable. Once the new syllabus is implemented, students will get world-class exposure in all subjects. The institutes will also concentrate on imparting soft skills and language training to improve their employability," KTR said in a media briefing, after a marathon meeting at the secretariat.
Meeting was attended by 20 stakeholders from various companies, including Mahindra Satyam and Microsoft, as well as experts from Fiand Nasscom, and heads of various universities, making it one of the first-ever such brainstorming sessions in the new state.
After the initial discussions, various proposals were mooted, such as virtual classrooms in institutions across the state. "Technical institutions are facing an acute faculty shortage. Virtual classrooms, where industry experts can interact with students online, will help improve the quality of education," said N V Ramana Rao, registrar, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, who was part of the discussions.
The state will also set up a Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge Task to look into the industry requirements so that a suitable curriculum can be developed. This body will review and revise the curriculum once every two years. The government also promised to strengthen the industrial training institutes.
Apart from shifting to new textbooks, students will also have to go on compulsory internships or apprenticeships. IT representatives who attended the meet promised to train such interns, giving them professional orientation, as part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR). The government will also give students entrepreneurial training. "This will help talented leaders among students set up their own start-ups," KTR said.
The new syllabus and on-hand experience is expected to improve the employability rate of the students. At present, only around 15 per cent of over 4 lakh students passing out of engineering colleges every year get jobs, which, experts say, is a dismal situation. The syllabus revision is expected to bring in much-needed change in over 350 undergraduate and postgraduate engineering colleges in the state.
* New syllabus for BE and BTech students to be evolved by technology experts from the industry and academia
* Virtual classrooms to be incorporated in all institutes
* Internships with tech firms to be made mandatory part of course
* Students to get soft skills and language training
* Govt to also provide entrepreneurial training
* State to set up Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge Task to revise syllabus every two years