India’s premiere institute IIT-Delhi is in the process to rework its first-year curriculum in order to reduce the burden on students, an Indian Express report said. This has happened more than a month after a student allegedly attempted suicide. The institute is focussing on practical aspects of education rather than theories as has been taught conventionally.
Even as the courses for first-year will remain same this academic session, the changed curriculum will be introduced next year. The move has come after the IIT Council meeting last week, which was chaired by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. During the meeting, the council decided to introduce non-academic induction programmes for freshers and also to establish wellness centres for their mental health.
“We are looking at modifying the first-year curriculum to help students cope with stress. We’re trying to introduce a more hands-on module and understand from students’ point of view what they will find interesting after hectic JEE preparations,” IIT-Delhi director V Ramagopal Rao was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
He further said that when students come to IIT, everyone wants physics, chemistry and mathematics, but they are tired of studying and want something different, but the institute don’t have such an avenue,“So we’re trying to figure out what we can do differently. This is all based on our experience. We’re also undertaking a study to understand the student’s point of view,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
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Rao also added that changes were being made in first-year courses as a setback at this stage affects the academic performance of students from following years. He said not only first-year courses, but all-courses need to become more hands-on with time.