To instill 'human values', AICTE mandates study of Vedas, Puranas in engineering colleges

All-India Council for Technical Education released a revamped curriculum for engineering students mandating study of Vedas, Puranas and Tarka Shastra

Budding engineers will soon be taking lessons in Vedas and Upanishads to bone themselves up on ‘Indian ethos’.

All-India Council for Technical Education on Wednesday released a revamped curriculum for engineering students mandating study of Vedas, Puranas and Tarka Shastra – the science of dialectics and logic – apart from the core subjects,  Hindustan Times reported.

The changes will be incorporated from this academic year. “The syllabus has been revamped by preparing a model curriculum as an updated curriculum is a student’s right,” said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

The model curriculum for BTech courses will include a compulsory regimen packing the Indian Constitution, human values, Indian traditional knowledge and environmental science, The Telegraph reported.

Students

Students (Photo: PTI)

The students should be trained to practise different models of meditation so as to elicit a state of deep physical and behavioural relaxation, the curriculum says.

The new curriculum also lays emphasis on practical knowledge and lab work — the credits required for theory have been reduced to 160 from 220.

The new rules also suggest that 14 out of 160 credits will be allocated for summer internship, which has been made mandatory.

While there were internships earlier too, an official said, there were no concrete guidelines. Several studies have found that around three-fourths of engineering graduates find it tough to get jobs.

Javadekar said inclusion of mandatory internship, “both industry and social”, will help engineering graduates have better connect with the industry and society.

 

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