IMPROVING ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN INDIA USING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: A NEW FRAMEWORK
DS 68-8: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Editor: Culley, S.J.; Hicks, B.J.; McAloone, T.C.; Howard, T.J. & Ion, B.
Author: Mehta, Prerak Prakashchandra
Section: Design Education
Given the current scenario of engineering education in India, there is a dire need of improvement in the way engineering education is structured and the guidelines it follows. With Information and Communication Technology (ICT) having become accessible and widespread, it is bound to play a vital role in enhancing the state of engineering education. The existing structure and framework of engineering education and its surrounding ecosystem have been studied in great depth. The paper proposes a new framework for engineering education using ICT. A generic level component breakup for engineering will be made, followed by detailed description of each component, again on a generic level. Each detailed description has been followed by ways of executing them based on different branches of engineering. The entire engineering education scene needs to move towards a self-learning environment which is totally lacking in today’s faculty dependent model. The new framework components along with the guidelines will pave the way for a self-learning environment based model for engineering education. It will be a founding stone for ICT based initiatives in engineering education in India.