Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 26:
Odisha’s premier technical education university, Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), is all set to offer mid-career degree courses designed for professionals having over 10 years of working experience in the technology sector.
The courses titled ‘customised degree programme through credit mapping and exemption’ will be available in B.Tech and M.Tech courses from 2016-17 academic year.
“A diploma engineer won’t have to go for full-time, four-year professional degree in B.Tech and M.Tech. If an industry professional having diploma engineering has been working for over 10 years and aspires to have a professional B.Tech degree, the BPUT will provide him with a customised platform to acquire higher qualifications,” said Prof Shyam Sundar Pattnaik, Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Biju Patnaik University of Technology.
As per the programme, credit exemption will be given to the professionals based on their industry experience. This will correspond to their years of experience, he informed.
Patnaik said a MoU has been signed between Chandigarh-based PEC University of Technology and BPUT for providing quality education to students in the state. Under this, a student exchange programme would be launched where PhD students under BPUT would get exposure in PCE University of Technology and the students from the Chandigarh-based varsity would be coming to Odisha-based University for better exposure, he added.
A state-level workshop would be conducted by National Board of Accredition (NBA) on July 17 where another MoU would be signed between Chhattisgarh-based NITTTR. Besides, industry collaborations would be taken up for skill enhancement of students. This apart, teachers’ training programmes would also be conducted, Patnaik said.
A one-day meet on “Industry Academia Integration” was organized by BPUT in collaboration with Silicon Institute of Technology, Sambalpur at Rourkela today. The event will host five top academicians of the country and over 40 top industry personnel which will help the students and improve the quality of education, he added.
NITTTR Director, MP Punia said, “we are laying emphasis on how students can avail better educational facilities. We are contemplating to develop software on this by which students can acquire knowledge through digital platform based on BPUT syllabus. The bilingual software would help students access the courseware online.”
PEC University of Technology Director, MK Arora, Bijay Sahu, Sanjiv Nayak, Odisha Private Engineering College Association (OPECA) President Binod Das, among others were present in the press conference.