Varsity plans new tech courses
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- Published 15.12.11
Bhubaneswar, Dec. 14: The Utkal University is planning to introduce BTech programmes in nanotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence in its proposed engineering college.
There will be 30 seats for each discipline. The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting that chalked out an action plan for establishing “the centre of science and technology” within a year, under which all the new courses will run.
A committee, led by professor Trilochan Pradhan, has been assigned to conduct a “feasibility study” for the courses. The committee will also prepare a project report, including infrastructure and faculty requirement.
“Instead of the traditional branches of engineering such as mechanical, civil and electrical, the university will begin with cutting-edge technologies such as BTech in nanotechnology, BTech in robotics and artificial intelligence under its upcoming engineering college,” a senior official of the university said.
“Over 25,000 seats are lying vacant in engineering colleges across the state. But seats are not going vacant at the Indian Institute of Technology or the National Institute of Technology. It’s high time we cash on the brand of the university. All the courses will be offered at affordable fees as emphasis will be given on maintaining quality and not earning profits,” he said.
Senior faculty from the departments of knowledge engineering, physics, and chemistry will be initially engaged for the courses. The university is also exploring possible tie-ups with other premier technical institutes to pull in the best experts for its new school.
“A centre for science and technology will be opened and all the BTech disciplines will be brought under its fold. Since the construction of the centre will take time, we plan to make use of the space at the department of pharmacy and start the courses by the next academic session,” the official said.
Discussions were also held on launching of courses of food technology and agri-management. The university vice chancellor had, earlier this month, announced the launching of an engineering college on the varsity campus.
While aiming for introduction of more courses, the idea behind launching these courses was to generate funds for maintenance of the university, he said.