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Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 20:54 hrs

Dear Students,

LAST WEEK WE ASKED: Do you think it would be a good idea to allow engineering courses through correspondence?


With the country facing humongous skill shortages, out-of-the-box solutions to ramp up skills like the one suggested are urgently needed. The theoretical portion of the course can be delivered by selected engineering colleges to students who are 10th pass through post, internet and evening or early morning classes. Industries, big ones and SMEs should help with arranging practical classes for each theoretical topic covered in coordination with the respective engineering colleges. This hybrid model could be tried in progressive states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to start with and expanded later, if successful.

- Raghav Jain, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Noida.


With the commercialisation of technical education in India, engineering courses through correspondence would be a good idea for the economically challenged students and for those who cannot afford regular mode of education. However, it should be kept in mind that there must be a regulation on setting up correspondence fees by the colleges otherwise it may turn out to be exploitation for poor students here as well. In addition, curriculum must be designed in such a way, so that it meets the practical and employability needs.

- Debayan Daw, ITM University, Gurgaon.

We pursue engineering in regular course so as to have sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject, besides developing our personality through co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Now, when allowing engineering course through correspondence few things have to be kept in mind. The course must have stringent eligibility criterion viz diploma(regular) in addition to sufficient year of work experience in relevant field. Then only course is viable otherwise it will be fraud on students.

- Nilaya Mitash Shanker, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

A course can be successfully implemented through correspondence only under the condition that the student acquires the necessary skills based on self study. Obviously it wouldn't be correct to expect a student gaining practical knowledge without any direct experience. And no doubt, engineering as a field in itself involves practical approach irrespective of any of the branch. Thus, it would be advisable to retain engineering as regular course and not allowing it through correspondence. As otherwise, it would further vitiate fresh graduates also leading to under utilization of their precious time.

- Shivam Chhabra, Integral University, Lucknow.

Engineering without practicals or laboratory is waste to study. The new approach would not be helpful to anybody except politicians. At present our education systems is nothing but a mode of business for this just look around you and think about it. The real value of engineering degree could be down if such correspondence course to such a important professional course is allowed unless severe conditions and eligibility criteria and marks in maths, physics, and chemistry stream and aptitude is not verified and satisfied.       

- Kishore Iyengar, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.

I have heard many students not attending lectures in engineering college and also they do only last minute reading, so wasting four years doing nothing is not a good idea. Instead it would help if their course is formed in such a way that they have to go college or online lectures only for problem solving and rest of time they have to work with a company or any organisation and take practical experience. Also they have to submit a report on work they do and what improvements they can bring in same.

- Manali Dalal, BK School of Business Management, Ahmedabad.

As per me it would not be a great idea at all to allow engineering course through correspondence. MBA and computer application courses have also seen incorporation of correspondence courses which has impacted it adversely. Though, AICTE announced that correspondence courses would be available only for those who have already done a diploma course, or some other regular technical course, and have some work experience, I am totally against this action of AICTE as a student.

- Bhanu Pratap Singh Negi, Xcellon Institute School Of Business, Gandhinagar.

Correspondence education is a method of providing education to nonresident students. Correspondence education has opened a new window of opportunities for those who have craved for further studies. In a way it has helped numerous professionals, dropouts, and housewives to accomplish their unfinished dreams. However these days, universities and institutes also offer such courses in virtually any field of study and possibly in all levels. Many of the subjects are not generally given in residence my point of view it is one of the best idea to allow engineering courses through correspondence.

- Parva Desai, Indus University, Ahmedabad.

Engineering is a practical subject wherein you learn while doing. Unlike theory which can be crammed, this is assimilated only when substantiated with practical proof. Doing it through correspondence would keep the students away from the technical skills needed to become a sound engineer. Correspondence course can be suggested for only those who are already employed somewhere and practicality of subjects is not an issue as far as the technical skills is concerned. Otherwise, it would be like: "A computer engineer knows what is computer, but when actually placed in front of it, would grope for the on/off switch.

- Tapan Jain, BK School of Business Management, Ahmedabad.

Communication is basic and remote between two people. Technical knowledge is not only approach to begin in your field it does begin necessary to communicate in an appropriate way. An engineering at some day will be in the top management which consist of entire organization, stake holders, media and business community whom he/she need to face and delivery many sentences and for such designation it needs the value of correspondence. 

- Vivek Shah, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.

Correspondence regular courses are good as it doesn't include commuting and is a self paced learning, but for professional courses like engineering-a science which can mostly acquired by practical & social knowledge is not a good idea. Students may lack market exposure as training received is largely theoretical & degree may not valued by all employers. The unscrupulous, fake institutes undercut their fees and end up offering substandard services & may capitalize this opportunity to cheat rural students. So government should focus on enhancing the standards of existing universities.

- Vijay Kumar Bojja, NIPER, Mohali.

It will be great opportunities for students to do engineering, but the image of engineering students being hard working will be ruined and also the value for engineering will come down. Already the engineering students are facing great problems of placements if correspondence studies allowed in engineering then future of engineering studies will be very bad.

- Vishal Rajai, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.

One of the drawback of Indian education sector is the proximity of good institutes in the country.The correspondence course will be able to overcome these drawback and the engineering courses will now be at the doorstep of the engineering students who otherwise fail to experience of engineering due to non proximity of institutes.The correspondence engineering course will be a great boon to engineering students as in the case of correspondence MBA for management graduates.

- Harsh Mehta, St. Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.

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