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Saturday, March 28, 2015

History of higher education in India

The history of the institution where I am working and the paradigm shift in my Electronics and Communication department is depicted in this writing. Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology is situated in Kochi, Kerala district in India. This institution is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University of the state and approved by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi. The institution runs by Sacred Heart Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). The department is established in the year 2001.

Talking about my department, Electronics and Communication Engineering discipline established the year college established. It includes 60 intakes of students capacity and later upgraded to 120 students. Qualified faculty from India and abroad are part of this department. The department in most of the academic years stands top in the results of the university. The department believes a shift in the year 2009 with the thought of add on courses conducted during semester breaks. The students are equipped with free training of MATLAB, PIC microcontroller courses. Later, by 2011, the department started thinking in the direction of NBA certification standards. This NBA accreditation believes not just the infrastructure and facilities provided by the management, it questions how the department is carrying out the teaching learning process, effective assessments, quality study materials, plans to fill the gap between the industry and academics and overall development, involvement of students in professional bodies like IEEE, ISTE etc, staff and student coordination in various clubs, activities, and many others. Now, the department made a great transition from not just satisfying university prescribed syllabus and examinations. More add on programs on specialized software, training sessions and workshops, conferences focused for faculty. Research publications of the faculty members grew by 2014. Even, faculty started interacting with outside world, collaboration with industries such as Nest, research publications along with faculty members from different academic and industry members and involvement in professional bodies.

There is a considerable shift in the curriculum; the university revised the curriculum in the year 2010. This includes new subjects in the discipline and new labs.


The change reflects in students attitude and their involvement in various clubs like Entrepreneurship clubs, NSS camps and also coordinated along with department faculty for publishing 'Electranauts' magazine which includes the activities, conferences, students project works in the academic year. 

A considerable positive change happened during the last few years. But, still faculty members are now focused on to develop their research skills apart from the academic duties. This change won't be a drastic, as research is an ongoing process and the evaluation is not done at this point.

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