From 2012-13 academic session,cadets from National Defence Academy (NDA) will be able to pursue a four-year bachelors degree in mechanical engineering. The course,affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP),has already been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The course content and student intake will be structured as per NDA requirements.
UoP acting Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Chahande said,This is the first such collaboration between UoP and NDA. So far the three-year bachelors degree programmes available for the cadets were affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),New Delhi. Were all looking forward for the course to begin and run successfully. Though the course has been approved by AICTE,details of student intake,number of seats and academic sessions,etc are yet to be finalised. The NDA will have the final say on such matters and discussions are on at the moment.
He said unlike other engineering programmes that have eight semesters of classroom teaching and industry internships,this BE programme will be designed in such a way that students get six semesters of classroom teaching,followed by about a year of industry training.
Together with the UoP and AICTE,were trying to incorporate more technical aspects into the course structure,which will suit the requirements of NDA cadets. Most of the courses at NDA are three-year courses after which cadets go to finishing academies – the Indian Military Academy (IMA),Dehradun,Indian Naval Academy (INA),Ezhimala and Air Force Academy,Hyderabad. So it still has to be worked out what part of the BE course will be done at NDA and at the finishing academies or other institutions where cadets will get hands-on training in the industry, said senior officers at the NDA.
However,an official statement was not available from NDA on the matter. Another official said as NDA has a new batch coming in every six months rather than every year,the academic session will also need to be worked out in consultation with AICTE and UoP. Also NDA sessions begin in January and June,so it needs to be decided whether there will be two entry processes in a year or just one.