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Prof. Prabhat Ranjan is Vice Chancellor of D Y Patil International University, Akurdi, Pune

How BTech(CSE) program at DYPIU is future-proof?

Few people have asked me about how BTech(CSE) program at DYPIU, Akurdi, Pune is future proof. I would request readers to first go through the blog giving details of this program at :

Award Winning Next Generation B Tech(Comp Sci and Engg) at D Y Patil Int Univ, Akurdi, Pune

There are few in-built features  to make this program future proof –

(1) Selection of Specialization – Students do not have to select specialization tracks at the time of admission. They would do it during second year and start taking the specialization courses from 3rd year. So from the time to choose the track to graduation is less, making sure that their expertise is in tune with industry needs

(2) Dynamic Specialization Tracks – Specialization tracks would be covered during 3rd and 4th year. Each track would have 8-9 courses in sequence for the specialization. These tracks can be added, deleted or modified based on changing technology trends. In fact, current tracks have been selected in a way that it is relevant from the point of view of the year when students graduate. So they would meet the industry needs of that time.

(3) Learning to Learn – As a futurist and as Head of India’s Technology Think Tank (2013-18), we noticed that Technology is happening at a much faster pace than we expect. We also noticed that technology diffusion is happening at a much faster pace. This also means that technology obsolescence is also very high. In view of this, this and future generation of students have to be ready to keep learning throughout life and they may have to change their career several times. Thus for this generation, “Learning to learn is the most important learning”. With availability of information at fingertips, it is possible to do this with right kind of mindset. With Project based learning, Fab Lab, Lab in Bag, internships etc built into the program would ensure that students would be right frame of mind to learn of their own and be able to useful throughout their working career and not only after graduating from University.

(4) Globally Employable – Today’s students are also likely to work at different places not only within country but also across globe and need to be exposed to multiple cultures. Our soft skills program prepares students for this. Programs such as Internship to deal with Societal/Rural internship etc also prepares students to understand Indian society and its needs much better.

(5) Changing Business Priorities – Focus on entrepreneurship would prepare students to be job creators and not seekers. Even for this they need to be able to learn new things and be ready to change the business focus to new avenues.


6 comments found

  1. A highly contextual ,innovative and futuristic course.Am sure the course will greatly benefit the students and provide them good future prospects.A reflection of great creative and pragmatic vision.

  2. Excellent Future Proof B. Tech Course in Computer Science & Engineering designed by you.
    I entirely agree with you as follows:
    – Life long Learning by Students is absolute necessity, as evolution of Emerging Technologies in Computer Science is taking place at fast pace.
    – Incubation Centres with innovative ideas should be set up by with the help of Industries/Professional Bodies by the University
    – Entrepreneurs of Start-ups as well as Job seekers would be equally benefited.
    – Pass out students working in India or abroad with a few years of experience should act as mentors of 3rd/4th year students in the incubation centres of the University with the help of faculty.
    – Course Curriculum should be time to time updated with the help of Industry.

  3. Excellent Future Proof B. Tech Course in Computer Science & Engineering designed by you.
    I entirely agree with you as follows:
    – Life long Learning by Students is absolute necessity, as evolution of Emerging Technologies in Computer Science is taking place at fast pace.
    – Incubation Centres with innovative ideas should be set up by with the help of Industries/Professional Bodies by the University
    – Entrepreneurs of Start-ups as well as Job seekers would be equally benefited.
    – Pass out students working in India or abroad with a few years of experience should act as mentors of 3rd/4th year students in the incubation centres of the University with the help of faculty.
    – Course Curriculum should be time to time updated with the help of Industry.

  4. (1) Also signed got MoU with MAKAUT (WBUT) on March 29, 2019 with Aunwesha Academy & Technology for 1 year PG Diploma & 6 Months PG Certificate courses in Emerging Technologies like IoT, Machine Learning by & 3 Months Soft Skills Training….(2) Advisor EC CRTDH, IIT Kharagpur (3) MSMEs

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