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'AICTE must embrace multi-disciplinary engg' – Ahmedabad Mirror

At a time when emphasis is given on introducing a multi-disciplinary approach in higher and technical education, former DAIICT director Nagaraj Ramarao and current V-C of Kalasalingam Academy put forth an argument that left the audience contemplating. He said that engineering is a branch specific subject, and so campus placements should also be branch specific as companies look for special expertise when they come to recruit engineering students. He said that in order that multi-disciplinary education is accepted well among stakeholders, AICTE (All India Committee for Technical Education) should start multi-disciplinary engineering education with 10% seats set aside for that starting with the new academic year.
Addressing a session on Multidisciplinary and Holistic Education, Ramarao said, “As we want to establish a Multi-Disciplinary Education and Research University (MERU), we need to create an ecosystem that supports these universities. We are good at writing policies and writing curriculum. But I had this very peculiar situation at DAIICT, I thought DAIICT was a multi-disciplinary university way back in 2010. It was a one-department university which gave a degree in ICT engineering. Our students were graduating and there was no issue in getting a job in the private sector. But there was a problem when we had to push them in the government sector and also when students start admission for research in Indian universities. Because the degree in ICT was not clear about whether students graduated in electronic, computer science, or IT.”
“Companies come to my campus for placements, they ask for mechanical engineers, computer engineers. I do not know how companies will take it if I offer them engineering students with multi-disciplinary education (and not branch specific). So, why doesn’t AICTE think about offering 10% seats with a flexible academic system. That way we can also test a flexible academic system,” he said.
AICTE chairman Anil Saharsrabuddhe was seen taking a note of this at the session. He went further by insisting on having a multi-disciplinary approach for all education — science, arts, commerce graduates.
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