IIT Hyderabad started functioning in the year 2008 with 3 B.Tech programs; Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Each of these programs had an intake of 40 students each through IIT-JEE. In 2009 IITH started admitting PhD students and 2010 almost all engineering departments started offering M.Tech programs. M.Sc program started in the year 2010 with the Department of Chemistry and in the subsequent years Physics and Mathematics departments started their M.Sc programs. M.Phil program was started in the year 2012 by the Liberal Arts department and the youngest department in IITH; Design started M.Des and PhD programs in the year 2014. Today IITH offers 8 B.Tech programs, 16 M.Tech programs, 3 M.Sc programs, 5 M.Phil programs, 1 M.Des program and PhD programs in all branches of engineering, science, liberal arts and design.
IIT Hyderabad has taken lead in innovating teaching practices and also sharing the outcomes and learnings.
Efforts at IIT Hyderabad Fractal Academics: IIT Hydrabad, in 2013, undertook a rigorous exercise to study the various pedagogical issues plaguing the institution and possible solutions. Despite having world class faculty following best teaching practices existing across the globe, it was found that student interest was variable and the learning outcomes inconsistent with the teaching effort. It was found that newer teaching/learning practices were needed for the present generation of students who are used to smartphones/tablets right from high school. Also the new paradigm should have a built in enabler for industry academia interaction. The Fractal Academic Program at IIT Hyderabad was a result of this exercise. The key features of the fractal program were continuous assessment, modularity, attention to student feedback, focus on independent student projects and a breadth-depth model, where a range of courses taught over the four years of engineering would be covered in the first two years and students would be free to pursue specific in depth interests in the next two years.While the fractal program is relatively new, feedback both from students as well as faculty has been positive since the learning outcomes are already becoming visible within a short span of two years.
As a part of TEQIP nodal centre, IITH has already taken lead to organize workshops on
educators for 21st century engineers and
which was focusses on
teaching beyond course content.
Abstract to the workshop on
educators for 21st century engineers - Contemporary engineering education has moved beyond the traditional focus on imparting subject-specific technical knowledge to the inculcation of broader skills in critical thinking and analysis. Given the current demands of the society, where engineers are increasingly employed in multifarious roles in a multicultural and multinational environment, there is now emphasis on the evolution of
interdisciplinary courses. Therefore as engineering educators our roles become more diversified. The aim is now to produce global engineers with emphasis on transferable skills. At the same time, we have to be aware that the current generation, Gen Z, is different from previous generations. Therefore, teaching methods and evaluation strategies have to be adapted to the changing needs of the youth. Teaching and research need to go hand-in-hand and have to be inclusive of social and environmental awareness. http://www.iith.ac.in/teqip/about_iith/EDU Report.pdf.
Other details may be found on http://www.iith.ac.in/teqip/.
IIT Hyderabad faculty have also done some webinars (IUCEE webinar, virtual academy http://iucee.com/webinars/) and published work on similar topics (http://www.journaleet.org/index.php/jeet/article/view/53297).