NEP 2020

Initiatives undertaken at DA-IICT towards Implementing NEP 2020

DA-IICT has taken multiple initiatives towards the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Education department of Gujarat has released Government Resolution (GR) for implementation of NEP-2020 in all the higher education institutions and also released Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to support the implementation of NEP-2020 at ground level.

Some of the major reforms initiated at DA-IICT in this direction as per GR and SOP are:

  • Recently, the institute has launched several multidisciplinary programs in alignment with the aims and objectives of NEP 2020 such as:
    • Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and VLSI Design - B.Tech. (EVD)
    • B.Tech. (Honours) in ICT with Minor in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    • M.Sc. program in Agriculture Analytics (AA).
  • Preparation of course basket of all existing programs (UG/PG) under each category of:
    • Major (foundation or core - Set of compulsory courses taken by every student during the initial semesters.)
    • Minor (electives - The students can choose the elective courses from the available ones. Specific/ specialized/ advanced/Interdisciplinary science and technical electives)
    • Multidisciplinary (ICT, Humanities and Social Sciences, Open Electives - Courses offered as core as well electives)
    • Ability enhancement (core/ elective courses on language, writing and communication skills)
    • Skill enhancement (Programming courses, hands-on lab oriented core courses)
    • Value-added courses (delivered by industry experts and subject experts).
  • The institute is continuously promoting interdisciplinary research by establishing new research labs and training students in the areas of:
    • Communication and Signal Processing
    • VLSI and Embedded systems. Robotics.
    • AI, ML and Data Science
    • Software Systems and Networking
    • Physics, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Design
  • Redesign of course curriculum in alignment with NEP 2020 as part of Curriculum Review Process. Curriculum Review Committees looked at the broader guidelines coming from National Education Policy (NEP 2020) while designing the new curriculum of our existing UG/PG programs.
  • DA-IICT is providing its students with multiple entry/ exit options as envisioned in NEP.
    • PhD exit with Masters Degree subject to course/ credit requirements.
    • Transfer from one UG programme to another such as B.Tech (ICT) to B.Tech (ICT with a minor in Computational Science) and vice versa.
    • For PhD Program - Transfer of credits, as applicable, at a postgraduate level course in a reputed organization are considered based on the production of valid certificate or weightage of the course(s) and on the recommendations of the faculty supervisor/mentor and approval of the Dean (AP).
  • Registration of students in Academic Bank of Credits (ABC).
    • The DA-IICT has registered on ABC (NAD) portal vide registration No. NAD003426 
    • Wide publicity and mass emails were done to the student community encouraging them for registration on the ABC portal. Necessary guidelines were also provided to them so that they can register on ABC portal using their Aadhaar Card.
    • So far 330 ABC accounts are created by them successfully.
  • The Institute has made significant efforts towards internationalization.
    • MoU signed with University of Evora (Universidade de Evora), Portugal - For academic exchange, collaboration in teaching, research and exchange of scientific materials and publications, for advancement and dissemination of learning. Under the provisions of the MoU, DA-IICT is one of the Asian University Partners with the University of Evora in the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship Program of the European Commission.
    • MoU signed with Institut Superieur D’Electronique De Paris, France - For exchange of faculty, students and joint research. 
    • MoU signed with University of Dayton, USA: To develop academic exchange and co-operation in teaching and research for the advancement and dissemination of learning.
    • MoU signed with Universiti Teknologi Mara, Malaysia - To jointly engage in research, exchange of students for periods of study and/or research, joint guidance of students on projects and theses, exchange of faculty and staff and organize joint seminars, conferences and meetings on research issues.
    • DA-IICT continuously invites and inducts international faculty members have as Adjunct Faculty at DA-IICT.
  • Experiential Learning -
    • Rural Internship - The rural internship is designed to expose the student to the social and economic realities of rural India, thereby, providing an opportunity to identify ways of improving the quality of rural life - doing it differently, systematically, using technology, including ICT. The duration of the rural internship is 4 weeks and is carried out in the Winter break after the third semester with an NGO and Govt. organizations.
    • Exploration projects - These projects allow students to explore their surroundings to identify interesting problems that admit a design based and/or hardware based solution and make such a product by leveraging the introduction to ICT skills learnt in the first semester. Students are expected to work in groups of 8 to 10 under a faculty mentor over two semesters - second and third semester.
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