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GEC to start mining engineering course

The state’s lone government-run engineering institute, Goa College of Engineering (GEC) at Farmagudi, is planning to set up a new department of mining from the academic year 2011-12.

Sources said that the GEC has forwarded a proposal to begin a graduate course in mining engineering from the new academic year to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) through the state directorate of technical education. The institute plans to set up an independent department to run the course.

Despite a booming mining industry in the state, only a diploma course in mining is being offered at the Polytechnic Institute at Bicholim. Therefore, the GEC has now proposed to introduce the four-year degree course after standard XII with an intake of 30 students in the first year. Sources said that the institute has told the AICTE that the course will be run in collaboration with the mining industry in Goa so that companies will be able to recruit students locally.

In addition, the GEC has also forwarded a proposal to the AICTE to begin a specialized masters course in industrial automation. The institute plans to start the course with an intake of 15 students from the year 2011-12 under its department of electronics and telecommunication. “This is a highly specialized programme dealing with the latest technology used in cars, remote controls etc. There is also an increased demand in this field with the automation of mass products,” a source said.

This is the only department in the GEC to propose a third masters course, while the three other departments are operating just one postgraduate programme each. For the last three years, the department of electronics and telecommunication has been offering two postgraduate courses-micro electronics and electronic communication and instrumentation. If the AICTE gives its nod, the course in industrial automation will be the sixth master’s programme to be offered by the state-run engineering college.

Officials at the directorate of technical education refused to comment as the code of conduct is on as a result of the elections of the Corporation of the City of Panaji.

Sources also said that the Ponda education society has asked for the AICTE’s permission to begin a masters programme in pharmacy from the new academic year so that the institute’s first batch of BPharm students that graduate in the summer of 2011 have the facility of higher studies available to them within the same premises.

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