Undergraduate engineering programs have for lengthy confronted low demand. Nonetheless, the not too long ago launched programs in undergraduate schooling is perhaps the best way out.
The All India Council for Technical Schooling (AICTE) reveals that since 2019-20, almost 127 diploma institutes and 663 undergraduate faculties throughout the nation have opted for programs together with synthetic intelligence (AI), information science and analytics, blockchain, machine studying, robotics amongst others. Whereas this covers lower than 10% of the entire variety of engineering institutes in India, officers really feel it’s a constructive transfer in the suitable course.
This consists of 222 institutes for AI and machine studying, 186 institutes for AI and information science, 52, 45 and 29 institutes for laptop science and design course, and information science and AI programs respectively.
“In 2020-21, electronics and communication sector managed to swoop the most effective of the minds and lots of additionally opted for BTech in AI and information science fields. Since jobs within the electronics in addition to AI sectors are gaining extra recognition, college students too are very clear about their ambition and aiming for seats in particular departments,” mentioned Gopakumaran Thampi, principal of Thadomal Shahani Engineering School, Bandra.
In early 2019, to draw extra college students to the engineering sector, the AICTE had requested all affiliated engineering faculties to introduce newer programs together with information science and analytics, blockchain, machine studying, robotics amongst others. Since 2020, AICTE additionally carried out a two-year blanket ban on new engineering institutes throughout the nation and had requested faculties to use for new-age programs.
In some circumstances, engineering institutes have additionally chosen to not apply for the brand new programs resulting from a scarcity of assist from the state authorities for a similar. “We didn’t apply for any new programs as a result of up to now, the state authorities has not accepted college for the electronics and communication course that we had began in 2009. This explicit course has attracted the brightest of minds over time and is in widespread demand amongst recruiters as properly, which is why the institute is funding the course with none authorities assist,” mentioned Dhiren Patel, director, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Matunga.
‘Pattern for new-age course short-lived’
Whereas demand for the new-age programs is rising, increasingly more institutes are displaying curiosity in desirous to introduce them at their institute. Nonetheless, the consultants have highlighted how this transfer could possibly be short-lived, particularly for programs like AI and information science and analytics because of the evolving know-how in these fields.
“These sectors evolve, and new traits emerge in them. At current, these programs is perhaps within the place to supply many roles to graduating college students, there’s no assure the development will keep for very lengthy,” mentioned SS Mantha, former chairperson of AICTE.
He added that in the previous couple of years, core engineering programs like civil in addition to mechanical engineering programs have witnessed a drop in functions because of the lack of job alternatives for college students after commencement. Nonetheless, an undergraduate diploma in core engineering, mentioned Mantha, is essential for the scholars. “The shelf worth of new-age programs could possibly be restricted whereas fundamental data in core engineering sectors will take college students a good distance,” he added.