Engineering students will have to go through a compulsory induction program from 2018 onwards. This will be a mandatory part of their undergraduate program. The induction program will happen for a period of three weeks and students will be encouraged to take up one sport/game or physical activity which they will be required to practice daily.
To rectify critical lacunae, special English classes will be held for students whose English skills need to be improved. The program shall also require students to pick an art skill, either visual or performing arts and learn it.
There will also be discussion sessions on the universal skills that students should possess. The first three weeks of college will be put aside solely for this induction program. The main purpose of this program is to improve the relationship between students and teachers during their period of study and to familiarize them with the new environment. Every institute which is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will follow this. This program was discussed and approved by more than 3000 engineering colleges that come under the AICTE in March 2017.
No classes shall be held during this induction period.
An IIT Director has said that it will be a good move for students who join various institutes after rigorous training and are plunged into academics immediately. Those students do not get any breathing space. He also said that this program shall help them unwind and connect with their fellow students.
He added that the institutes should have a multi-pronged approach and work closely with the students to make them feel comfortable and allow them to realize their interests and potentials, reduce competition among the students and improve the bonding among them. According to him, it will also help them build their relationship with teachers and give them a better perspective of life and build their character.
The program shall also include visits to landmarks, hospitals and orphanages within the city and students shall be encouraged to know the city better and also serve the underprivileged.