Undergraduate Programmes of IITJ: Curriculum for a Global Engineer

Suril V. Shah

News and Views


Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur is committed to educational excellence through a strong student-focused educational experience and to provide quality education with the contemporary and highly professional curricula. In order to achieve this objective, IIT Jodhpur has undergone a thorough curriculum change in the year 2019 and has come up with a new curriculum. This article highlights philosophy ingrained in the new curriculum and some of its salient features. The societal challenges of the 21st century are profound and wide-ranging. Basic needs such as energy, food and water, housing, mobility, and health will become even more acute as the world population exceeds 9 billion. The demands for sustainable development will require redefined and innovative engineering talent and leadership. There has been an emergence of a connected, competitive, and entrepreneurial global economy, in which successful engineers increasingly need technical competency and professional skills that differ from what worked in the past. These reasons build up a clear case for disruptive revision of the undergraduate curriculum.

Some of the attributes expected of modern engineers are:
  1. Flexibility to understand and manage rapidly evolving technologies;
  2. Ability to identify, define as well as solve problems;
  3. Proficiency in theory and applications;
  4. Skill for handling out-of-the-box engineering challenges;
  5. Capability of Creative Thinking;
  6. Experience of entrepreneurship;
  7. Understanding of public policy implications.

Today the creative function of engineering is expected to be viewed and understood in the broader context of the new patterns of knowledge creation across disciplines obliterating traditional boundaries between science, humanities and social sciences, arts and engineering. IIT Jodhpur has pursued a newer structure of programmes in addition to classical programmes to address these opportunities.


The objective of the new curriculum is to define a novel instructional paradigm and content plan to address modern demands of professional education (as outlined above) based upon the philosophy of outcome-based education. The curriculum builds on four guiding principles of outcome-based academics, i.e.,

  1. All students can learn and succeed but maybe not do so on the same day or in the same way.
  2. Each success by a student breeds more success (success must open up the opportunity of more success).
  3. Academic institutions create and nurture the conditions of success.
  4. The academic system acknowledges and respects challenging initiatives without fear of failure.

Unique Fetures

Unique features of the undergraduate curriculum are highlighted as follows:

Throughout the curriculum, efforts have been laid down at building up strong foundation, enabling continuous learning, inter-disciplinary breadth, and design thinking, and imbibing creative and critical thinking, social responsibility, professional ethics, and sustainability as distinct thematic commitment.

Suril Shah

Suril V. Shah

Associate Dean (Academics – UG Programmes)

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering