Each MTech programme will have an intake capacity of 18 students

Agartala: Tripura government’s lone engineering degree college — Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) — has received approval from the All Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE) for starting MTech programme with specialisations in three courses from the current session, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that the AICTE has given approval for starting the Master’s in Technology or MTech courses with specialisations in three subjects.

These courses include — Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and Embedded System, Thermal Engineering and Data Science.

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“Soon after the change in government in 2018, the target of the education department was to start MTech courses in the state. Due to non accreditation by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for the courses in TIT, the process was stopped,“ Nath said.

He also said that in 2019, three courses — electronic & communication engineering, computer science & engineering and mechanical engineering — received accreditation from the NBA, while in May, electrical engineering was also included in the list. The accreditation for civil engineering is being reviewed by the board.

“Earlier, the students had to travel to other states to get their Master’s degree but with the approval for starting three new courses, at least 54 students will be benefited. Each department will have an intake capacity of 18 students,” Nath added.

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Tripura has a total of six government polytechnic colleges in which 2,712 students are pursuing diploma courses, while only one degree college — TIT — offers electronic & communication engineering, computer science & engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering degree courses with around 1,100 students.

“We have received approval for specialization in Data Science under computer science & engineering, which even the NIT Agartala does not have. We have also received approval for Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) and Embedded System under Electronic & Communication Engineering and Thermal Engineering,” Nath added.

There would be no problem with faculty or any shortage of teachers. The department will start the process to start the courses from this session.

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