Re-envisioning engineering education in India

Srinivas Reddy and Sudhir K. Jain write:
The Foundation Programme (FP) of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN) is a dynamic five-week event that strives to nurture every new batch of undergraduate B Tech students in a holistic and engaging manner. During the first five weeks after joining the institute, students participate in an engaging series of activities designed to address five major themes: (1) values and ethics, (2) creativity, (3) teamwork, (4) social awareness and (5) physical fitness. The intensive programme is thus designed to inspire students to build their sense of self-confidence, explore their creative passions, and develop their minds and bodies as well-rounded global citizens. There are no formal classes during this time and students are expected to immerse themselves in this transformative programme. The IITGN FP began at IITGN in 2011 and has been successfully conducted every year since then. Over the years, student feedback regarding the programme has been tremendous, and many have expressed that it is a powerfully engaging and transformative experience. In addition, FP functions as an active and participatory introduction to the institute’s core belief that students must strive to know themselves and the world around them.

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