AICTE Directs Institutes To Recruit Faculty For New-Age Courses

The new-age courses include topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, machine learning, data science and analytics, cloud computing and robotics.

AICTE Directs Institutes To Recruit Faculty For New-Age Courses
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In February 2020, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stated that it will be adding no new Engineering institutes till 2022 and the focus will be on upgrading the traditional courses into new-age ones. The engineering institutes across the country has witnessed a steady decline in the number of students opting for engineering and therefore many seats remain vacant. On average, 46 per cent of seats are vacant across the country. In Maharashtra, it is the worst wherein there is 56 per cent of vacant engineering seats in the academic year 2018-2019. 

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Further, AICTE recently directed all technical institutes will have to hire faculty for new-age courses. The new-age courses include topics like Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, machine learning, data science and analytics, cloud computing and robotics. They stated that institutes should recruit postgraduates with degrees in interdisciplinary courses as faculty members. For example, an MTech in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information should also be considered for direct recruitment in the civil engineering department.

Notably, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC) in Bandra are planning to start Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics courses from the next academic year as there is a demand for these courses from employers across the globe. 

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