In a first of its kind
initiative, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will soon be
launching academic networking site, along with a job portal and a repository of
doctorate papers to check duplication and cheating.
The academic networking
site proposes to interconnect 7.5 million students enrolled across
AICTE-approved institutions linked through email IDs. The site will also have
faculty and industry stakeholders on its database.
“The idea is to
encourage academic networking and facilitate peer learning. That faculty will
be accessible on this network, and help with course material, share charts,
diagrams, data and projects that can aid learning, will make this an altogether
knowledge building mechanism,” said the chairman of AICTE, SS Mantha.
The apex technical educational
regulator is also working on ‘Project Factory’ – a repository aimed at
capturing abstracts of all post graduate projects in an online bank. This data will
be available to industry stakeholders and research labs so that those
interested can easily contact the student concerned and take it forward.
“It will also help us
check large-scale cheating and cut-copy-paste jobs that are seen in a number of
research papers. A search engine on Project Factory will be able to quickly
throw up abstracts of research works of interest to anyone,” Mantha added.
Meanwhile, in order to
help students in gaining employment, AICTE will also put in place a job portal
that proposes to store every student’s semester-wise results online and link it
with his CV. This CV will automatically be forwarded to industry HRD heads
whenever there is a vacancy suited to the student. This portal will be linked with
an industry database of 8,000 stakeholders.
[Source: Indian Express]