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Syllabus tweak to focus on research

- Modern topics & smart English to help NIT students bag better jobs

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Patna is set to revise the syllabus of the second, third and fourth years.

The revised syllabus, to keep pace with the modern and updated topics taught at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other NITs, would in all probability be introduced from the July academic session. The first-year syllabus was revised in 2013.

Pramita Bose of IIT-Roorkee and S.S. Majumdar of IIT-Kharagpur have helped in framing the NIT-Patna’s revised civil engineering syllabus with stress on research work.

NIT-Patna director Asok De said: “Respective departments have been asked to revise the syllabus and once finalised, the board of studies of respective departments will approve it followed by the senate. Then, the revised syllabus will be placed before the board of governors ahead of its introduction.”

The students sounded happy with the revised syllabus. Pankaj Kumar, a third-year civil engineering student, said: “It is good that after a long gap, the NIT administration has decided to revise the syllabus by introducing a few management topics and even communicative English, which would help us in the final year during campus placements.”

A civil engineering teacher of NIT-Patna said: “The new syllabus has incorporated the best of civil engineering topics taught at the IITs and NITs. Current practices in civil engineering and latest software design applications are some of the topics that will be included.”

Similarly, comprehensive planning has been introduced with special reference to irrigation facilities such as interlinking of rivers, latest development in water resources. Focus would also be given on communicative English and personality development, which would help students during placement interviews. Economics and management ethics papers would be added to the syllabus.

The teacher added that during the conference of NIT directors last year, President Pranab Mukherjee stressed on increasing research at engineering cradles, urging the private sector to increase their spending share on research as those in Japan, US and other European countries.

The new syllabus would also focus on strengthening fundamental sciences, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, basic electrical and engineering mechanics.