Title of Paper: INTERNATIONAL BUREAU OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS (Engineering & Technology)
Author Name: Dr. R. KRISHNA MURTHY
Email: dr_rkm@yahoo.com

Designation:Retired Joint Director of Technical Education
Organization: Directorate of Technical Education, Karnataka
Address:  No. 53, 3rd Main, 1st Cross,
Ramanjaneya Nagara, Chikkalasandra

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INTERNATIONAL BUREAU OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION (Engineering & Technology) R. Krishna Murthy ABSTRACT The growth of engineering and technology education globally is phenomenal especially in the last decade. The number of institutions and programmes that are offered has simply multiplied beyond comprehension and bears testimony. All over the world the universities and autonomous institutions seems to be vying with each as if they are in competition to offer programmes in tune with latest developments with attractive titles. On the other hand the accreditation bodies are busy articulating the policies, procedures and practices to achieve quality in higher education. A study of the approved programmes and curricula offered around the world instantly conveys a message that there is a dire need to standardize the same. The task is stupendous and requires the active cooperation of all countries and universities to join hands towards creation of a global order in the system for the benefit and satisfaction of all stake holders. Like wise the accreditation. An idea of “International Bureau of Academic Standards in Higher Education (Engineering & Technology) is mooted. The body to encompass all activities ranging from lying down the international norms and standards; infrastructure, human resource, the programme and curricula and also of accreditation practices. The standardization is akin to a language that every body speaks and means the same thing and understands. Has scope for highest creativity and is not a stereotyping exercise. One of the task concerning the programme and curricula for the Bureau is to catalogue the entire UG programmes offered all over the globe, standardize and code them. Similarly, entire gamut of the courses to be catalogued, standardized and coded in the groups of; basic, mathematics, prerequisites (including inter disciplinary), professional core, electives, and advanced courses. This will; pave the way for all universities to design a programme and its curricula listing the bureau code along with their own that will go to establish the equivalence instantly. This will also help the students opting for reading programmes to establish its global equivalence. Next step will be to identify the main fields or programmes for award of degrees and define the variants under each as programme streams which alone are mentioned in the degree certificates. Naturally this will limit the degrees to the main programmes, a practice in existence in IITs’. The various bodies have to affiliate, approve and accredit individual programme streams instead. This calls for amendments in rules and regulations. At the national level the approval or regulatory bodies to establish a “National Bureau of Academic Standards” wing for monitoring and adoption of global standards. This will pave the way for much desired international mobility through equivalence and practices. Like ISO and the national standards bodies which are involved in laying down product specification, manufacturing processes, performance characteristics / requirements, testing and evaluation methods, calibration and application of corrections, the IBAS (E&T) should do it for the programmes. The bureau to span to curriculum research and development activities in a big way to evolve a scientific base for the curriculum design which is generic in approach and leads to universal application irrespective of the fields. Only the quantum of generic content only has to be decided upon to arrive at the desired programme curricula. The generic content comprises of source, storage, transmission / transportation / conveying, transforming, conversion, control / limiting, application and resources (material, men and money). The paper elaborates on the generic approach. For illustration of standardization the AICTE listing of 210 UG degree programmes in its latest approval process hand book 2012-13 is take-up. A close scrutiny of the list makes one to naturally think of identifying the main engineering areas and group others under each. The serial numbers as per the AICTE list of UG programmes BE Degree in Electronics & Comm. Engineering BE Degree in Computer Science & Engineering 8.* Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engg 39* Computer and Communication Engineering 9. Applied Electronics & Telecommunications Engg 40. Computer Engineering 17. Biomedical Instrumentation 41. Computer Engineering and Application 37. Communications Engineering 42. Computer Engineering. (Ind./Int.) 73. Electronics 43. Computer Networking 74. Electronics and Avionics 44. Computer Science 75. Electronics and Communication Engineering 45. Computer Science and Engineering 76. Electronics & Comm. Engg (Industry Integrated) 46. Computer Science and Technology 77. Electronics & Comm. Engg (Industry Integrated) 48. Computer Science and Systems Engineering 78. Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering 49. Computer Technology 79. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering 50. Computing in Computing 81. Electronics & Comm. Engg (Microwaves) 51. Computing in Multimedia 83. Electronics and Communications Engineering 52. Computing in Software 84. Electronics and Computer Engineering 85. Electronics and Control Systems BE Degree in Information Science & Engineering 87. Electronics and Information Systems 47. Computer Science and Information Technology 90. Electronics and Telematics Engineering 123. Information Engineering 91. Electronics Comm. & Instrumentation Engg 124. Information Science and Engineering 92. Electronics Design Technology 125. Information Science and Technology 93. Electronics Engineering 126. Information Technology 94. Electronics Instrument and Control 127. Information Technology and Engineering 96. Electronics Tele Communication 118. Industrial Electronics BE Degree in Instrumentation Technology Engineering 122. Information and Communication Technology 128. Instrument Technology 155. Mechatronics 129. Instrumentation 156. Medical Electronics Engineering 130. Instrumentation and Control 16. Biomedical Engineering 131. Instrumentation and Control Engineering 157. Medical Electronics 132. Instrumentation Engineering 202. Telecommunication Engineering 133. Instrumentation Technology 210. VLSI System Design 80. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (Technologynician Electronic Radio) This is just a representative list 158. Medical Lab Technology Observations: 1. The government agencies have Cadre and Recruitment rules for appointments where in the recognized qualifications for each department are listed. A modification to the list is a long drawn process and is difficult. The applications with degrees beyond are liable for rejection 2. Establishing equivalence of programme or of course for mobility is not automatic. 3. It will be better to expand the list of basic programmes of Civil, Mechanical and Electrical in a scientific way. Electronics and Communication Engineering qualifies as 4th basic programme followed by, Computer Science and Engineering and others. 4. Here again a generic approach for classifying the programmes will help. The generic fields of engineering are; mass, energy and information. 5. The generic approach both in curricula and programme will lead to a knowledge matrix and guide in creation of many new knowledge. 6. The knowledge and knowledge areas are almost exploding, it is high time that a systematic approach is evolved for ordering the higher education system at least in engineering and technology. NOTE: One has to decide on core curricula and manage these variants through electives and advanced topics. If keen on having the degree awarded, it should be treated as a stream and mention in the degree certificate as is the practice in IITs’. The Curriculum Research and Development centre to closely scrutinize the contents, books prescribed and decide on the appropriateness of the programme title. Example: terms engineering and technology are used as synonyms and no need to award two degrees. Dr. R. Krishna Murthy

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

Dr. R. Krishna Murthy Retired Joint Director of Technical Education DTE, Karnataka Was Faculty, Principal at Government BDT College of Engineering, Davangere, and retired as Joint Director of Technical Education, Karnataka. Attended short-term courses, seminars and conferences, published papers in National and International journals. Had training at NIEPA, New Delhi, Administrative Training Institute, Mysore, attended seminars / workshops on ISO, NAAC and NBA. Instrumental in establishing the CET Cell system for admission to professional colleges in Karnataka, worked on many Committees of Government, Universities (Mysore and Kuvempu) and AICTE. Was Member; State High Power Committees for fixing intake for Engineering Colleges and Chairman Polytechnics (1989-91) in Karnataka. Did costing for State level Committee (1993) for fixing the ceiling on fee for Engineering Colleges in Karnataka,


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