Computer Science Association, BITS Pilani

April 20, 2011

Curriculum modification for CS

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As a part of Vision 2020 – Mission 2012 for BITS Pilani (facebook page) which aims to put it amongst the leading educational institutions worldwide, Task Force 1 led by Prof. Sundar B of Computer Science and Information Systems Group┬árecently provided its recommendations to make the curriculum competitive with other universities . An outline can be downloaded here: Suggestions for Curriculum modification. Please not that this is not an official copy.

About the Task Force: The task force for curriculum started its work in Nov 2009. Over 120 faculty members in four campuses took part. Over 60 of them in benchmarking. Over 100 programmes in various universities were analysed. To give an idea, there were 2-3 seminars only on identification of parameters on which the curriculum should be benchmarked and 25-30 parameters were identified.

Since curriculum discussion elicits passionate response from students, there was a discussion about the same amongst alumni of the Computer Science Association and we have compiled a doc which suggests some additions which we believe will complement the modifications suggested by the Task Force. The document can be downloaded here: Suggestions for A7 by CSA alumni

A big thank you goes out to everyone who took time from their hectic schedules to participate in the online discussions. We wish that the new curriculum manages to stimulate and motivate students to pursue their interests and not become just another face in the crowd. As Dolores Umbridge said in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix,

“It is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all, is what school is all about.”

More Dumbledore than Umbridge. ­čÖé

-Vineet Pandey, 2006A7TS054P

(for CSA)