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Analyzing an Indian Liberal Learning Program

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Pradeep Kashinath Waychal Guruji Education Foundation Orcid 16x16

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Dr Pradeep Waychal is a founder trustee of Guruji Education Foundation that provides holistic support to the higher education of underprivileged students and a visiting professor of Engineering Education at CRICPE of Western Michigan University, US. Earlier, Dr Waychal has worked at Patni Computer Systems for 20 years in various positions including the head of innovations, NMIMS as the director Shirpur campus, and at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) as the founder head of the innovation Center.

Dr Waychal earned his Ph D in the area of developing Innovation Competencies in Information System Organizations from IIT Bombay and M Tech in Control Engineering from IIT Delhi. He has presented keynote / invited talks in many high profile international conferences and has published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He / his teams have won awards in Engineering Education, Innovation, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management at international events. His current research interests are engineering education, software engineering, and developing innovative entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. He has been chosen as one of the five outstanding engineering educators by IUCEE (Indo-universal consortium of engineering education).

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Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe P.E. All India Council for Technical Education

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Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe is currently on deputation from IIT Guwahati as Chairman of AICTE. Prior to joining AICTE, he was Director of College of Engineering Pune where he initiated a large number of educational reforms in teaching-learning pedagogy, innovation, research and entrepreneurship.

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In the last few centuries, industrialization re-defined educational agenda and introduced industry oriented engineering courses that did not pay much attention to liberal learning. Recent trends show that liberal learning is regaining its popularity. Some US institutes are running programs for engineers so that they gain clear appreciation of technology and the socio-political forces that shape it.

The Indian engineering education system is slow in adapting the paradigm. A premier Indian college introduced a mandatory one credit program to sophomore students and had 284 students enrolled in a fall semester. The program defined liberal learning as self-learning of self-chosen areas with self-defined scope, and identified the primary program goals as inculcating lifelong learning beyond engineering and appreciating the interplay of engineering with other disciplines. The faculty committee identified broad areas such as agriculture, business, linguistics, education, philosophy, medicine, arts, performing arts, social sciences, environmental sciences, sports, defense studies, and asked students to submit their preferences.

The final paper will analyze those preferences to find patterns based on gender, academic performance, learning styles, and learning approaches and present possible rationale for the patterns. The initial analysis reveals that no student chose agriculture and linguistics areas, better academic performers chose areas such as business and medicine, poor performers chose arts and sports, male students preferred sports, business and social sciences and not performing arts, and female students, on the other hand, preferred arts, performing arts, and not sports.

Waychal, P. K., & Sahasrabudhe, A. D. (2017, June), Analyzing an Indian Liberal Learning Program Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27593

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