Hyderabad: Technological progress has introduced a diverse array of fields that an engineering student can choose from. However, many times students can’t cover subjects apart from their own stream in the four years of engineering.
Keeping pace with the changing world, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, is planning on implementing a creative solution to lessen the skill gap. The university board is in discussion to allow students from one stream of engineering to study subjects from the other stream, to earn a minor B.Tech degree in the later stream.
University Registrar Dr M Manzoor Hussain says, “We want to ensure that when an engineering student graduates from JNTU-H, he/she is offered a good position with a good company. So, we are discussing the idea of letting our students choose one subject per semester of another discipline and if they can pass in that, we will award them a minor degree in the subject.”
For example, a student who is pursuing Mechanical engineering can choose subjects from any other stream of engineering. When they successfully pass the subject, they will earn a B.Tech in Mechanical, and a minor in their chosen field. The student can choose the subject in their second semester and will have to secure at least 18 to 20 credit scores to be awarded the minor degree.
On how it will help the students in the future, the University Rector, Dr. A Govardhan, says, “Letting the student choose a field of study will ensure that the student is engaged and learning what they like. Also, it will be optional for the students to choose an additional degree — which would mean that students won’t be burdened and only those who truly want to learn a subject will dive into this. One of the reasons why we came up with this plan was to increase the employability of our students. This way of awarding a minor degree is also in line with the multidisciplinary approach discussed under National Education Policy 2020.”
As of now, the plan is still in discussion. Dr. Govardhan says that if the board members agree with the idea, then it will be implemented across all the colleges from the academic year 2022-23.
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