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New Anna University syllabus approved

The Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, inaugurating the Armed Forces Day collection at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Sunday. - Photo: N. Sridharan

The Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, inaugurating the Armed Forces Day collection at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Sunday. - Photo: N. Sridharan  

CHENNAI Dec. 7. The Anna University's Academic Council has approved the revised and detailed syllabi for the I and II semesters of the undergraduate engineering programme, which will be implemented from 2004-05.

It also accorded approval for the new curricula for all eight semesters.

The new curriculum structure will give students an overall exposure to 60 per cent of professional subjects, 15 per cent of engineering sciences and technical arts courses, 14 per cent of basic sciences, and 11 per cent of humanities and social science courses, the Vice-Chancellor, E. Balagurusamy, said in his introductory remarks at a council meeting on Saturday.

This would mean an increase in the content of engineering sciences and technical arts though the existing basic sciences content would not change.

When the University turned an affiliating organisation last year, the existing syllabus was simply adopted by all affiliating institutions. Till then they were following the syllabus of different regional universities. About two months ago, the Vice-Chancellor explained the philosophy behind the new curriculum, saying it would address the problem-solving capability of a student.

"We will empower him/her to gain the capacity to solve real-time engineering problems faced in industry."

Of the total of 64 subjects in the entire programme, 35 will relate to professional subjects and 13 to engineering sciences).

Prof. Balagurusamy said the University's Chancellor-Governor had given assent to the statues and regulations for grant of autonomous status to the affiliated colleges.

Recently, the Syndicate approved the guidelines and application forms for issue of `no objection certificate' by the university to the affiliated colleges, which wanted to collaborate with foreign universities.

He said the new M.Tech programme in biopharmaceutical technology would be introduced next year.

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