//IUCEE Webinars Oct 23, 24

IUCEE Webinars Oct 23, 24

APICTIEE 2018 Webinar “Advanced Educational System to undertake International Consultancy Projects in the Engineering Institutes” 
Oct 23, 2018 3:30 PM IST 
Technical Education Quality Improvement (TEQIP) project under World Bank was started in 2004. It focused on the advanced skills and competencies for the engineering faculty members. Most of the institutes have not planned to undertake global faculty and executive projects. The reasons are not analyzed for a long time. Hence, snap study was undertaken to identify the reasons for the shortcoming involving 87 principals of the Polytechnic colleges, 54 heads of department of engineering colleges and 11 principals of the colleges. The following reasons were put forth by them: not having key skills and competencies to critically analyze the terms of reference (TOR), not having skills in proposing appropriate technical proposal to meet the TOR, preparing an economical financial proposal, negotiation skills with the project authorities, entering into a contract, developing a team of faculty members to undertake various components of the project and completing the same within the deadline. Hence, short-term courses were planned to inculcate needed skills for the projects. Senior faculty members have undergone the program. Still, the institutes could not establish an advanced educational ecosystem to undertake global projects. It is recommended to start a Global Projects Development Center with Dean as its head. In the long run the faculty can plan many industry-relevant curricula in engineering and technology, and offer industry-specific dissertation works to the students.
Thanikachalam Vedhathiri, 
National Institute of Technical teachers Training and Research 
APICTIEE 2018 Webinar “Issues in Implementing Engineering Program Outcomes”
Oct 24, 2018 3:30 PM IST 
The engineering education in India is shifted from content based model to outcome based model in the past 4 years. The outcome based education system should enhance the employability skills of the students. The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has defined 12 Program Outcomes as abilities of engineering graduates at the time of completion of the program. Out of 12 POs, most of the POs are covered by Course outcomes of courses in the curriculum. But, some POs like Environment and Sustainability and Ethics are covered by maximum in one or two courses. Hence attainment of these Program Outcomes is not guaranteed. Teaching and learning of these concepts require additional methods. Ethics and human values can be taught to the students illustrating positive and negative examples of real life. The practice of environmental sustainability helps to ensure that the needs of today’s population are met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In addition to the common course in curriculum, each branch in engineering should share with the students giving details of what type of care should be taken in saving the resources. For example, CSE department should educate the students in green computing. Green computing helps the students of all branches to understand that switching off all computing resources when not in use saves environment sustainability. Not only teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation of these concepts demands new mechanisms. 
Sreelatha M, 
RVR & JC College of Engineering
Vijayawada, AP