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Notable Omissions from Model Curriculum for Engineering  Courses

Industry in India has frequently articulated its grim disquiet on several occasions through several surveys, studies and research over the quality of engineers being produced in the country, saying that a majority of the pass-outs are not employable and have to be suitably trained on the job. Nearly 60 per cent of the products of so called technical education institutions carrying a tag 'Approved by AICTE' are not industry-ready and still require honing. The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) data shows that only 334,000 of the 700,000 pass-outs from over 3,000 technical institutes found employment through campus placements in 2015-16.

In response to such concerns the Government has come up with a solution and has become conscious for a need to suitably change the higher education system. In an attempt to uplift the system, a revamped curriculum for engineering students mandating study of Vedas, Puranas and Tarka Shastra has been recently launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The AICTE has released the revamped curriculum for engineering students.
-The course on Essence of Indian Knowledge Tradition will focus on Indian philosophical, linguistic and artistic traditions, along with yoga and Indian perspective of modern scientific worldview;
-The model curriculum for Engineering  courses will also include a compulsory regimen packing the Indian Constitution, human values, Indian traditional knowledge and environmental science;
-The new curriculum lays emphasis on practical knowledge and lab work;
-Engineering students will be required to intern with industries as well as the social sector;
- Curriculum to be updated every year and changes made as per the needs of the industry.
The reasonings forwarded have been:-
-This will help engineering graduates connect with the need of the industry and society at large.
-The course aims at imparting basic principles of thought process, reasoning and inferencing.

However, there have been some notable omissions. There is no mention of Entrepreneurship. There is no attempt to develop and apply skills of a given trade. And above all, there is no mention of the study of life histories of the great scientists and inventors.
This development in January 2018 clearly proves that AICTE had not been doing anything constructive earlier. It is an obvious acknowledgment of failure on the part of AICTE.
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Looking back over the works done by AICTE to date, one can easily identify at least its three clear accomplishments that have caused considerable concerns in the industry over the quality of engineers being produced in the country: chaos, confusion and colossal waste of public money.
Even today, while introducing the new curriculum, AICTE's ignorance of Vedic knowledge is clearly visible. It does not realise that all education, in general, and engineering education, in particular, are based only on the one fundamental statement of Nature. That universally acknowledged statement is indeed cast in stone:
"Matter cannot be created nor destroyed. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed; although energy can be converted from one form to another."
All aspects of science, technology, philosophy, literature, and other forms of arts revolve around this indispensable statement. We cannot escape from it; we have to accept this as it is. And, this is precisely what lies behind the concepts of Trinity (Tridev) and Five Elements (Panchtatva).
A present day engineering student, knowingly or unknowingly, invariably comes across this Law. But, his concepts remain distorted because the education system does not have the necessary and basic ingredients. A class 9 student is asked to choose between Maths and Biology initially. A student selects biology not because of his taste, but because he is scared of trigonometric terms and symbols. As a matter of fact, God could not have created this human body without studying trigonometry Himself!
The Taj, the Qutab, the Iron pillar at Qutab, and other engineering marvels were made at times when there was no AICTE. But, today PhD aspirants from IITs go to the Ashoka pillar to find out its secrets of corrosion resistance and write volumes on it. The irony is that the present day student has to deal with an education system which itself needs to be educated. It does not seem to acknowledge the basic aspect of Knowledge. That is: "All subjects are closely linked. Vedas, Puranas, science or arts are no exceptions. Despite the contrasts, all subjects share one or more than one things in common."

Even cricket is linked with academics and subjects like Hindi, English, physics, chemistry, maths, biology, history, geography, economics, philosophy, psychology, commerce, law, etc. can be taught in class rooms with a 'cricket' theme. But, on the contrary, a student is not treated the way he should be treated. The result is there for all to see. It takes a modicum of common sense to understand the reasons which have been ruining the state of Education in India, especially of those 'approved' by AICTE.

God had once asked Yudhishtra, "The study of which course makes a person a genius?" Yudhishtra had aptly replied, “There is no such course." That dialogue sums up all and has become the most relevant statement in today's AICTE context.