Engineering, the most popular graduate courses in India, I recently got to know, has got an additional pathway for interested students. Now, anyone interested in the course doesn’t have to wait till the twelfth, and then go through the grind of the competitive exams. They can instead opt for a six years integrated program immediately after the tenth.
But as I said, it’s just another pathway to the career! You still have the four year route.
For now, these are being offered in select private colleges. As per the Times of India newspaper, the institutes are also calling it as a life-time package deal: “freedom from all competitive exams”.
And, I believe the rush for these courses shows of a future with similar courses being offered by all universities.But do we want it?Tweet
Colleges that are offering this degree:
- NMIMS, Mumbai
- Ganpat University, Mahesana
- ITM Group of Institutions, Vadodara
- CT University, Ludhiana
- Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge,
These are among the list of universities offering the integrated engineering course. The six years integrated course would comprise 3 years of Diploma course and another 3 years of degree. Different institutes have different criteria!
But, are we sure the students would have figured out the right career for themselves by class tenth? We are speaking of escaping the grind of competitive exams. What about the grind of excruciating semester exams of a course you are no more interested in? I think the aura of engineering degree just pulls you in… but then you realize!
I wrote about so many other options apart from engineering and medical. And do you think the list is over in the above post? Huhh! 🙂
Well, I like it that there is this distribution of Diploma and Degree for the course. But will the institutions give a Diploma if one leaves the course midway? If institutes are ready to give Diploma even though a students doesn’t complete all six years, fine! If this is just another option for the students, then it’s okay. The more the better! But if we want a total switch, it should not happen.
In a world that has been changing so fast, how much does this type of course help? In a world where people work for a variety of jobs through their career, what contribution does it make? In a world where gigs are becoming more and more norm, does this type of integrated courses give any edge? Shouldn’t we stop creating such integrated programs?
- Escape the pain of appearing for multiple competitive exams on 12th.
- One has chosen the course and is totally settled in it.
- Total focus in one direction will improve expertise in the subject and I believe they might become better engineers.
- During these primary years, students are mostly unaware of the careers and mostly get to know what their parents tell them, and that is engineering or medical.
- Not sure if everyone getting into the course would have figured it all out.
- If one wants to change, they might not.
- Six years of one’s life in the ‘not the best’ path for an individual? It needs to change.
- Since they have got into the pursuit, they might be okay but miss on better routes for themselves.
- Financial pressure might be huge for those whose condition is not well off.
As we move towards a gig economy, these types of courses will lose significance and there would be more demand for short skill oriented courses. But I would love to hear your thoughts here.
Any more points? What do you think? Is it good for students?
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