Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, said, “Such new initiatives set leaders apart from followers, and I am delighted to hear the program’s outline and philosophy. I hope these programs will help students and working professionals add value to their respective fields.” , Department of Science and Technology, during the inauguration of the new program.
Science0 The event was held online at the country’s oldest technical institute in July, the Department of Science and Technology said on Monday.
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He said the new programs are interdisciplinary and multidimensional and in line with the National Education Policy 2020, adding that “their introduction shows that we are going to break some of the silos historically created.”
Programs that include six postgraduate degree programs and a five-year integrated program will be offered to students from next autumn session (2021-2022). Their goal is to facilitate quality education in new and emerging areas which is becoming more relevant today.
The entire program includes M.Tech (Artificial Intelligence) and M.Tech (Data Science) under the Center for Artificial Intelligence, Data Science (CAIDS); M.Des (Industrial Design), and MIM (Masters in Innovation Management) under the Department of Design; Online M.Tech (Microelectronics and VLSI) for industry professionals working under the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering; MS Economics (five-year integrated program) under the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences; And M.Tech (Dam Safety and Rehabilitation) under the proposed International Center for Dams (currently coordinated by the Department of Hydrology).
BIR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Board of Governors, Governor, IIT Roorkee, who was present at the launch, hoped that these new programs would change the mindset towards education through a more flexible, accessible and a lifelong process.
“We are also aiming for a ‘self-reliant India’, and so new fields are important with new approaches to education, innovation is an integral part of our future, such as entrepreneurship. I recommend entrepreneurship programs to create more jobs for us,” she said.
Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, is confident that these new programs will meet the future technology needs in higher education.