NIT Andhra Pradesh Revamps BTech Curriculum with New Features as part of Implementing National Education Policy
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State Governors address National Conclave on Strategies for implementing NEP organized by the Institute on 29th and 30th October 2021
TADEPALLIGUDEM : National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh has revamped its BTech curriculum and added new features as part of the implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
The Institute is conducting a Symposium I and II under banner of ‘National Conclave on Strategies for implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020’ on 29th and 30th October 2021. This seminar enabled administrative staff, students, researchers and faculty members to obtain awareness on developments attainable upon implementation of NEP in the institute.
The ‘Symposium I- Vision of NEP on Academic Parameters’ was inaugurated by Her Excellency Dr. (Smt.) Tamilsai Soundararajan Hon’ble Governor of Telangana & Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry.
The Symposium II- Vision of NEP on Research and extra-curricular Parameters for holistic education was inaugurated by His Excellency Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. (Smt.) Tamilsai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana, and Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry, said, “I am glad to understand that NIT Andhra Pradesh, in spite of being the youngest among all NITs has taken essential steps towards establishment of required infrastructure, offering of lectures to students employing modern day technology and is gearing up towards reaching to the academic expectations as envisioned by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) is one of the important policies framed by the Government of India with a far-sighted vision to nurture and orient the young generation in the path of development. It emphasizes on the holistic and multi-disciplinary education for future generation.”
Further, Dr. (Smt.) Tamilsai Soundararajan said, “The significant features of NEP 2020 include: building self-reliant India, offering holistic development to all citizens, making education sector a vital role player in Economy boosting activities, drawing young minds from various parts of the world to higher education institutes in India by taking pioneer steps in Internationalizing Higher Education sector, Digitization of classes in Schools and Higher education institutions, equipping teachers with latest technology to strengthen best teaching-learning processes, initiation of ‘National Research Foundation’ to offer funding to deserving academicians to undertake research projects in domains of societal and technological importance. I wish that education shall make you physically, mentally, and professionally successful. I also request you to practice emotional well-being ad practice harmonious ‘work-life’ balance. I would like to remind everyone present to have a social responsibility to contribute towards better Nation- building. I wish with optimism that the National Education Policy 2020 offers the fullest fruits of education to all our young generation in the years to come.”
Addressing the gathering, His Excellency Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, said, “At the outset, I would like to congratulate NIT Andhra Pradesh for organizing a programme on a topic of relevance to the society. I am glad to note that this Conclave is organized encompassing two Symposia under the umbrella of NEP and this Symposium discusses the Vision of NEP 2020 on Research and extra-curricular Parameters for holistic education draws my appreciations. NEP 2020 announced by Ministry of Education is a welcome move for the Indian Education System. At this juncture, I wish to draw your attention on the significant aspects that the Government of India is committed to offer in the domain of ‘Higher Education.’ NEP serves to be the principal guideline for all educational institutions across the country irrespective of the level of education or the discipline pertaining to the courses, or etc. NEP 2020 is categorized into four important parts as: School education, higher education, addressing other key areas such as law, arts, Online and digital education along with discussion on the strategies required to implement the policy to the fullest of its spirits. The second part of the visionary policy deals with the higher education institution such as NIT Andhra Pradesh. On this juncture, I am glad to learn that academic restructuring and revamping of the courses have been carried out by the Institute. I wish to express my appreciations in the context.”
Further, Shri Biswa Bhusan Harichandan said, “A quality higher education must enable personal accomplishment and enlightenment, constructive public engagement, and productive contribution to the society. It must prepare students for a more meaningful and satisfactory life-style and impart them the sense of responsibility and empower them with economic independence. The holistic education shall make the younger generation to be more vibrant, socially engaged, and build cooperative communities for realizing a happier, cohesive, cultured, productive, innovative, progressive, and prosperous nation. NEP 2020 recommends to follow the best practices of world class universities. The investment on Research & Innovations in India is recorded as 0.69 % of GDP which will be improved in view of NEP. There is a need that the criticality of research is more assured than in the past, for the economic, intellectual, societal, environmental, and technological health and progress of a nation. We are happy to learn that the policy will offer guidance to funding agencies to offer huge quantum of funds to researchers to pursue their research in addressing societal challenges such as offering potable clean drinking water and sanitation to all citizens of the country, improving quality education and healthcare, enhanced transportation, renewable energy, and upgraded infrastructure etc”.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. C.S.P. Rao, Director, NIT Andhra Pradesh, said, “NEP 2020 is one of the important policies framed by the Government of India with a distinct vision to orient the young generation in the path of development and righteous living. NEP 2020 emphasizes on the holistic and multi-disciplinary education for future generation. Many initiatives undertaken by our Institute towards the implementation of the Policy in true spirits. In line with the recommendations of the policy and autonomy, the revamping of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and student support for enhanced student experiences is highly encouraged by our Institute. I am glad to share that the Institute revamped curriculum of UG programmes from 2020-21 academic year onward with good attractive. We are glad that this conclave will give us the best opportunity to discuss in the regard of National Education Policy 2020 and relevant developments in the institute to the stakeholders.”
Further, Prof. C.S.P. Rao announced the Salient Features of New Curriculum B.Tech 2020-21 onwards:
Ø Tuned as per the New Education Policy 2020
Ø Multiple exit options (Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma & B.Tech)
Ø Minor Degree along with Regular Degree
Ø Honours Degree along with Regular Degree
Ø Online Education through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Ø Choice based Credit System
Ø Skill Development through Mini Projects
Ø Outreach Activities through Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
Ø Summer Internships at Institutes/ Organizations / Industries
Ø Major Final Year Project through Industrial Training / Internship
Ø Industry Supported / Relevance Courses
Ø Interdisciplinary / Emerging Technologies learning through Electives
Ø Introduction to Foreign languages
Ø Physical Education (Sports/ Games / Health)
Prof. G. Ravi Kiran Sastry, Dean (Research and Consultancy), NIT Andhra Pradesh and Dr. R. Arun Kumar, Associate Dean (Faculty Welfare), NIT Andhra Pradesh, are the Programme Coordinators of this two-day National Conclave on NEP.
Dr. P. Dinesh Sankar Reddy, Registrar-in-charge welcomed the gathering and presented the overview of the two-day program on NEP. Dr. G. B. Veeresh Kumar, Dean, Student Welfare, and Dr. Karthik S, Dean, SCAIR, of NIT Andhra Pradesh introduced the Chief Guests to the participants.
Delivering the vote of thanks, Dr. T. Kurumayya, Dean, Academic Affairs expressed his gratitude to all the faculty, staff, students from various departments and sections for making the conclave a grand success and extended his thanks to the staff of Raj Bhavan of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States for kind support.