History of Computer Science Discipline in Christ University
(Article written by Jibrael Jos)
How does the discipline in universities keep pace?
Before we get bogged by the immenseness of our task let us take a step back and see what makes a good IT Professional. What traits and skills a successful computer science graduate possess?
Ability to take Decision
Cooperation & Team Player
Effective Under Stress
Planning and Organizing
Quality of Work
Quantity of Acceptable Work
Growth & Learning
Core Concepts (35%)
Technical Skills (30%)
Explore New Tools
RDBMS (like Oracle)
Web Based Software
High End Languages(like C#)
Domain Expertise (10%)
Emerging Areas (5%)
Android App Dev
The table above I have listed out is not based on a literature survey but purely based on my Industry Experience and hence may not be very exhaustive.
How has the discipline evolved over time?
Course Started in Christ University related to Computer Science Discipline:
· 1990: CMS (Computer Science, Maths, Statistics)
· 1994: MCA
· 1996: CME (Computer Science, Maths, Electronics)
· 2000: BCA
· 2007: M.Sc. Computer Science
· 2009: M.Sc. (Working Professionals)
· M.Phil. and Ph.D were added recently
Computers is now taught in B.Com, MBA, Law, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and is spreading its wings and intersects most disciplines.
Syllabus constantly underwent changes and many courses were added over time.
o Software Architecture
o C/ UNIX/ COBOL
o Embedded Systems
o Data Warehousing and Data Mining
o Cloud Computing
o Mobile Application
o NO SQL
Department has used different strategies to make Teaching and Learning become effective with changing times. Following is a short summary of the last 25 years.
o 1997 Project based learning
o 1997 Started Magazine/ Cultural and Technical Fest to foster innovation, teamwork, all round development and leadership
o 2000 Seminars and Soft Skill Workshops
o 2001 Internship part of Curriculum
o 2005 Domain based lab
o 2009 Research Focus
o 2010 Corporate Connect Programs
o 2012 Online Courses
Students have been placed consistently each year, though there may have been ups and down in the CTC the corporates have always returned for placement back to Christ University. There have been challenges specially when the recessions occurred in 2001 and 2010, but fortunately did not affect placement at Christ to a great extent. The alumni has been a key source of strength for the department and whether it was for special lectures, syllabus review, conducting sessions or exams the Alumni has been very active. In the last Alumni Meet conducted on January 2015 more than 130 Alumni had come down to the campus.
Is there a gap between the traits table and the students who pass out from our courses?
The answer is a "yes", we strive every day to bridge the gap. I as a teacher with 6 years of teaching experience and 12 years of industry experience realize that gap is inevitable. I take heart that it's after all our students out there in the real world who are making the technological advances to widen the gap and are also the ones inspiring us to keep dancing to change.