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Engineering Technology in India

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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New Directions for ET

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Engineering Technology

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Amitabha Bandyopadhyay State University of New York, Farmingdale

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Dr Bandyopadhyay is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Architecture and Construction Management Department at Farmingdale State College. He is also the Director of Green Building Institute at the college. He was (2012-13) the Chair of Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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An engineering technologist is a specialist dedicated to the development, design, and implementation of engineering and technology in engineering field. It is generally expected engineering technologists often work under professional engineers. However, International Engineering Technologists Agreement (IETA) stipulates an engineering technology shall demonstrate “the competence for independent practice as an engineering technologist as exemplified by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) competency profile.” IETA (Sydney Accord) provides knowledge profile for engineering technologists as: a systematic, theory- based understanding of the natural sciences applicable to the sub-discipline, conceptually-based mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and aspects of computer and information science to support analysis and use of models applicable to the sub-discipline, a systematic theory- based formulation of engineering fundamentals required in an accepted sub-discipline, engineering specialist knowledge that provided theoretical frameworks and bodies of knowledge for an accepted sub-discipline. Engineering technologies in India are taught in “Polytechnic” colleges at the post-secondary level. They are usually three-year diploma program under the supervision of respective state board of technical education. These programs are kept outside the purview of university system. Often they are called Licentiate in Civil Engineering (LCE) or Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering (LME) or licentiate in other disciplines of engineering. Many of the early engineering colleges, now some of prestigious colleges of engineering in India started as “Licentiate” granting institution during late 19th Century. This paper will describe status of engineering technology education in India, its curricula, admission criteria, and job prospects for the graduates, pathway to engineering, etc

Bandyopadhyay, A. (2019, June), Engineering Technology in India Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32740

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