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Study Of Vedas, Puranas Compulsory For Engineering Students From This Year: AICTE

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| January 25 , 2018 , 13:23 IST

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), under HRD ministry, has launched a new syllabus for engineering students with some important changes. According to the revamped syllabus, the students now have to study Vedas, Puranas, and Tark Shastra (logic).

The students will also be expected to have some knowledge about the Constitution and environmental sciences as part of mandatory courses whose scores will have no bearing on their final credits. The changes that were introduced on Wednesday will kick in this academic year.

HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said “The syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is a student’s right,”

Further, the course on 'Essence of Indian Knowledge Tradition' will also focus on Indian philosophical, linguistic and artistic traditions, along with yoga and Indian perspective of modern scientific worldview.

According to the course objective “The course aims at imparting basic principles of thought process, reasoning and inferencing.”

IIT Kanpur professor computer science Deeraj Singh said,"It is good to teach non-discipline courses as it helped broaden horizons, but this should not be mandatory".

AICTE is considering this step of theirs necessary to improve the quality and infrastructure of the technical education of the country.

In new the new syllabus, it will be mandatory for the students to intern in the industry for about 2 to 3 months, even during their summer vacations, to enable them to acquire the skill required for a job, said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe.

A senior official had said earlier that this move was taken in order to consider complaints that nearly 60 percent of those passing out of technical education institutions are not industry-ready and still require honing.

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