In addition to formal curricular aspects, we have rolled out a host of extra-curricular activities, which will not only equip our graduates with problem solving skills but also make them responsive to the real needs of the society. NIE has emphasized the needs of innovation throughout its curriculum and its myriad training & extra-curricular programmes. These programmes are designed to hone the students’ skills, challenge their creativity and instil a pioneering spirit within them.
The AICTE has introduced activity points for under-graduate engineering programmes starting from the year 2018. The main objectives behind this scheme, which is mandatory for earning engineering degree, are to inculcate entrepreneurial spirit as well as social commitment among budding engineers. The students are expected to spend nearly 400 hours of quality time during the four years of engineering programme to understand and practice several activities that will provide them the required exposure. As per this scheme, a group of students would adopt a nearby village and work out solutions for providing better water management, sanitation systems, better health management, etc., for the benefit of the entire village. They are expected to apply their skills to promote entrepreneurship, create more jobs and enhance the income of the village. They would also put their heads together to work out how to improve education facility in rural areas and sensitise the local administration to make necessary improvements. I am sure this new initiative of AICTE is a game changer and will make our engineers more responsive to the needs of the communities, which will solve many of the pressing problems facing the Nation quite effectively.
Going hand in hand with the AICTE initiative is NIE’s drive towards research & innovation. The numerous Centres of Excellence at NIE, supported by National & International agencies, provide a rare opportunity for students to take part in real world research & development initiatives. NIE is ceaselessly working with the experts to ensure that its students are industry-ready and become invaluable members of society. The aspirations of the country, under the ‘Make in India’ campaign, can only be realized if our engineers apply appropriate, environmentally sustainable & contemporary technology to solve the problems of the industry and the local community.
I take this opportunity to wish all the best to the freshers, who are beginning their engineering journey at NIE and assure their parents & guardians that the Institute will not spare any efforts to make them capable engineers.