TAKEAWAY FOR STUDENTS
AICTE has recently launched a website to help students get internships.
This website will help to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge acquired in classrooms and practical experience of working on real-life projects.
According to the new policy finalised by AICTE, it has been made mandatory for engineering students to take up an internship for a certain period of time.
Internships have been mandated so that technical students can get exposure to the industrial environment, current technology relevant to their subjects and opportunities to learn, understand and sharpen real-time technical and managerial skills.
All engineering & diploma students will have to earn ‘activity points’ over and above their regular grades. AICTE has formulated a mechanism to earn them. Engineering students are expected to earn 100 activity points while diploma students are expected to earn 75 activity points.
Students enrolled in BE/B Tech courses will have to complete around 600-700 hours of internship, while those pursuing Diploma courses are expected to intern for 450-500 hours.
BE/B. Tech internships will help students earn about 14-20 credits and 10-14 credits in the case of Diploma courses. 40-45 hours of internship at a company will earn one credit.
Students will not to have study irrelevant subjects because the number of credits points required for theory has been cut to 160 from 220.
This is being done to help them become successful professionals, which needs excellent soft skills, entrepreneurial and leadership abilities, team spirit and societal commitment, besides expertise in their chosen fields.
TAKEAWAY FOR INSTITUTIONS
All AICTE-approved institutions are also required to have a dedicated Training and Placement Cell (T&P Cell) headed by a Training and Placement Officer (TPO). These institutions should allot one per cent of the total budget for the functioning of its training and placement cell.It should arrange internships for students in industries or relevant organisations after the second, fourth and six or seventh semester.
The council has also decided to utilise the infrastructure of technical institutes for two lakh school dropouts who could not pursue technical education. Such students are being enrolled in short-term 450 skill courses and the institute imparting training would be given Rs 12,000 each
TAKEAWAY FOR TEACHERS
AICTE has also taken steps to provide future direction for technical education.In this regard the AICTE has suggested an initial induction programme for teachers and updation of their skill set through in-service training programmes. Technical teachers will have to undergo an induction course at the time of joining and will also have to keep updating themselves as they progress.
The primary focus of the council is to bridge the gap between the industry and our traditional education system.
The higher focus on industrial training is part of the changes being introduced by the council in the curriculum of technical courses across the country .The council has allowed 350 technical institutes across the country to introduce 11 new diploma and degree courses such as printing, packing, electronics, artificial intelligence and mobile technology.