The Economic Times | Anubhuti Vishnoi, ET Bureau | Mar 27, 2017 |
NEW DELHI: How do you get the country’s aspiring engineers to cope up with academic rigour, social and relationship pressures, economic concerns and yet also contribute to building ‘New India’? The Centre seems to have found part of the answer. Starting with the new academic session, all engineering colleges will greet every new student with a 2-5 week-long ‘induction programme’ before they can embark on any study of science or engineering. In simpler terms, it will have engineering students take up a sporting activity, languages, pursue creative interests, reassess goals and future plans, and maintain harmonious relationships and fulfil responsibility to wards the country. An induction module prepared by a committee of IIT directors, led by IIT BHU Director Prof Rajeev Sangal, has already been implemented at four IITs (Gandhinagar, Mandi, Patna and BHU) and will expand further to all IITs and other engineering institutes this session. This module has already been shared by the HRD ministry with all institutes – following a unanimous approval of the proposal at the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) meeting recently. The module, accessed by ET, focusses on: area of study, language, society, relationships, trust, harmony and possessing character through self reflection, clarity, responsibility, courage and attitude of service. A strong focus is there on building confidence and boosting creativity through disciplines Physical activity, taking up some Creative arts, Literary activity- encouraged in Indian languages, fostering greater human interaction and class bonding with small group discussions with faculty, letters by eminent people to hold talks. Proficiency modules in the English language and use of computers will also be part of the module to even out classroom situations even as discussions will be encouraged on viewing of English language fluency as a source of self respect.
The Committee of IIT Directors to ‘motivate undergraduate students towards studies’ was set up in 2015 amid rising concerns over student suicide, their inability to cope up with academic pressures, the social complications arising out of deficiency in language or social abilities and confused approached towards work satisfaction and remunerations. The Modi government has also been very keen that IITs and other premier institutes be involved actively with national programmes like Make in India and Namami Gange and help find viable technical solutions to Indian problems. This, it was felt, is only possible when the student is steered well into mote clearer thinking when he joins the engineering instityr. While IIT BHU is expected to be the nodal institute to help usher in the Induction course across institutes, others may also be involved at a later stage. It has been strongly felt that the new engineering student comes to an IIT or any other institute largely these days to get a high paying job, without an understanding of what is a satisfying job and is unsure of his own goals their future and their role in society. The Induction module hopes to bridge the gap, provide students with opportunity to identify their own talents and interests and also inculcate understanding and feeling of responsibility towards national/human goals. – Courtesy