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International Collaboration in Curriculum and Laboratory Development

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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17.30.1 - 17.30.14



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K. P. Isaac All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

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Prof. (Dr.) Kuncheria P. Isaac, Ex-Director of Technical Education, Govt. of Kerala has taken charge as Member Secretary of All India Council for Technical Education on June 2, 2011 after a long 32 years of service in the academic field in Kerala.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (Third rank in the University of Kerala), a Masters Degree in Transportation Engineering (Civil Engineering) from IIT Madras (Gold Medalist) and Ph.D from Bangalore University. He joined as Lecturer in the
Technical Education Department of Kerala and rose to the position of Director of Technical Education. Most of his career, he has served at College of Engineering, Trivandrum as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering.

He specializes in Transportation Engineering and is instrumental in establishing a Transportation Engineering Division at College of Engineering, Trivandrum. He is a leading consultant and researcher in this area of specialization.

He has been active with his involvement with industries. He developed the process of Manufacturing Manufactured Sand – ‘M Sand’ an alternative to river sand. He was the coordinator of State Technical Agency for PMGSY scheme in Kerala. He has coordinated a large number of training programmes for the engineers of Kerala in the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Roads.

He has more than 50 publications in National and International journals and conferences to his credit.

He has coordinated several research projects and supervised research works leading to Ph.D. He is still active in research with four students are working under his supervision.

As Principal and Director of Technical Education he is instrumental in establishing the Centre for Engineering Research and Development in Kerala, Research Park at the College of Engineering Trivandrum and several new initiatives for the development of Technical Education in the State of Kerala.

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ASEE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING FORUM JUNE 9-10, 2012, San Antonio INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION IN CURRICULUM AND LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT Dr. K. P. Isaac Member Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education, India Abstract The aim of any country’s higher education system is sustainable developmentand achieving higher growth rates. India aims to increase the higher educationenrollment rate from about 12 percent at present to 30 percent over a decade.Technical education at all levels in India is witnessing a consistent growth byestablishing new institutions, addition of courses and increase in seats mainly withprivate participation. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a statutory body of theGovernment of India is the national level apex body with its mission of developing andpromoting quality technical education in the country has been constantly givingimportance to improvement of quality by constantly upgrading the curriculum. AICTEbrings out model curriculum in all specializations and programmes governed by it viz,Engineering, Management, Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Pharmacy, HotelManagement and Architecture. The curriculum development in India is done keeping the outcome basedapproach or the competency based approach. The National Institute of TechnicalTeachers Training and Research (NITTTR) located at four different places in India carryout research and assistance to institutions and universities in developing thecompetency based curriculum for engineering courses at various levels viz, Diploma,Degree and Post Graduate. The use of Information Communication Technology in the teaching learningprocess is promoted in India through a nationally coordinated project – National Projecton Technology Enhanced Learning. As part of this project, e-contents are developed forvarious courses and virtual laboratories are being established across the country. This paper discusses the above and similar practices in achieving qualityeducation in India and the areas of mutual collaboration with other countries.

Isaac, K. P. (2012, June), International Collaboration in Curriculum and Laboratory Development Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17047

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