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Job-ready course shift

Aspiring techies at NIT, Patna, would soon find placement interviews a cakewalk, as the engineering cradle is revising its syllabus from the next academic session to put more emphasis on communicative English and industry-friendly courses.

The revised syllabus would stress on industry inputs, communicative English, personality development and technological innovations. NIT Patna director Asok De said: “The revised syllabus will have ingredients that industries look for in graduates.”

The NIT administration has convened a workshop in June to finalise details of the new syllabus. Representatives from Hewlett-Packard and STMicroelectronics will provide inputs on what companies look for in graduates.

According to sources, the idea behind including industry inputs in preparing a syllabus is to make the Patna branch at par with IITs and other NITs. The NITs at Warangal, Trichy and Surathkal (Karnataka) have already introduced such changes. Sources added that emphasis would be put on electrical and engineering mechanics.

Sanjay Kumar, the associate professor of the civil engineering department, said: “Studies on technological advancement, management studies, entrepreneurs and human resources will be added.”

Sanjay added that IITs and many other NITs have included these topics enabling students to learn about corporate ethics, which would help them after joining industries.

Director De said: “The administration will tie up with British Council for training in communicative English and personality development.”

Sashi Shekhar, a final-year computer science student, said: “The present syllabus, does not stress on communicative English and personality development. Students from Hindi medium schools face problems during placement interviews despite being academically sound.”

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