TN introduces new industry-centric polytechnic curriculum

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Sandwich courses in several disciplines to engage in industrial training for six months each in IV and VII semesters will make students job-ready
The Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE), Tamil Nadu, in its N series of curriculum revisions, plans to increase the quality of polytechnic education so that the students become employable and get better salaries. A team comprising senior faculty from polytechnic colleges, DoTE officials, and industry experts from the engineering sector prepared the revised curriculum, which will be implemented by the next academic session.
Speaking to Education Times, Laxmi Priya, Commissioner, DoTE says, “A fresh industry perspective will be included in the technical education curriculum in sync with Outcome-based Education(OBE).”
The focus will be on determining the learning outcome. The students will be analysed for the primary skills, knowledge, attitudes, and technical competencies gained after the course. “The curriculum design is planned by introducing relevant sandwich courses, current as well as future job roles of the sector, and collating appropriate content, and hands-on learning experiences,” adds Priya.
Adding sandwich courses, for students enrolled in several disciplines to engage in industrial training for six months each in IV and VII semesters will make students job-ready. Explaining the benefits, Priya adds, “Earlier this option was limited only to students pursuing diploma in Mechanical Engineering, however, now the trend will improve as more trades are taken into the ambit. For the same reason, new course modules are introduced in diploma in Civil/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Mechanical (Foundry/MTMR), Automobile Engineering, Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Robotics-Automation Engineering, Textile/Ceramic/Polymer/Leather Technology Engineering.”
Depending on the current industry requirements, the total number of chapters on Electric Vehicles (EV) and Smart Advance Manufacturing has increased, while chapters on boilers and water-related technologies are reduced, further adds Priya.
The new elective courses in the curriculum will give flexibility to the students to pick a subject of their choice. V Karthikeyan, principal, Thiagarajar Polytechnic, Salem, says, “Inclusion of emerging subject areas- Infrastructure and applications (Smart Societies), critical design thinking, industrial automation, sustainable energy saving (AI) for development, IoT and blockchain technologies, big data – will pave way for quality training and will also foster greater industry collaboration.”
“As many as five companies have signed MoUs with the state government to provide industrial training and intensive on-the-job industry exposure to students through internships and project work. The meritorious students will be offered an upgraded salary of Rs 2.5 lakh per annum, instead of Rs 1.75 average salaries that was offered earlier,” adds Priya.





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