A review of the impact of the ‘experiment’ to provide humanities courses in technical institutions has been recommended by a parliamentary panel. Vinay Sahsrabuddhe, the head of the panel who is a Rajya Sabha MP, also said that there is an urgent need to reconstruct the norms for starting online courses and there should be equal opportunities concerning the grants in aid.
As per the panel report, the committee also recommended the addition of humanities, arts and other social sciences modules in technical education curriculum for the personality development of the students keeping in view the National Educational Policy (2020). The panel suggested the Ministry of Education to consider incentivising engineering education in regional languages so that the nation can procure good translators and writers of engineering subjects in regional languages.
“The committee, keeping in view the global trend in student learning, recommends that the Department of Higher Education along with its bodies must undertake an expert study to help provide avenues towards empowering students to chart their education as per their needs and interest, leveraging traditional and other partnerships to bolster learning and making efforts towards ensure widespread diffusion of education,” read the report.
The committee was of the opinion that the UGC and the Department of Higher Education and various universities across the country should collaborate with industrial leaders to incorporate skill based practices to develop the entrepreneurship and management skills of the students and to provide students with hands on experience.