College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram | Mathrubhumi file photo
Thiruvananthapuram: Engineering students in Kerala may soon be able to join for 'twinning' courses in association with foreign universities. They will be able to do a selected semester in foreign university. The state is planning to associate with universities ranked up to 700 globally.
The decision was taken by the Board of Governors of the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University. The NBA accredited departments in its affiliated colleges will be allowed to associate with foreign universities. The university will prepare the criteria for selecting students for such courses.
In a bid to attain skill development among engineering students, a Board of Skills will be formed in tune with the Board of Studies. Skill development will be made part of the curriculum of the engineering courses. It will aid to fill the gaps to equip students for the needs of the industry. The university statutes will be updated to implement it.
The examination system of engineering courses will be updated in line with the GATE exam. Multiple-choice exams will be conducted online.
Based on the changes to the guidelines of AICTE, all undergraduates who studied mathematics in Plus Two will be allowed to enrol for MCA.
PhD and research papers will be mandatory for the promotion of faculties. Non-technical faculties will be treated based on UGC regulations while architecture faculties have to follow the guidelines of the Council of Architecture.