The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) on Thursday launched the MTech in Defence Technology programme. The defence ministry said the programme is aimed at imparting necessary theoretical and experimental knowledge in various areas relating to defence technology. “A regular MTech programme in defence technology has been launched to impart necessary theoretical and experimental knowledge, skill and aptitude in various defence technology areas,” it said.
The programme was launched by DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy and AICTE Chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe at a virtual event.
“The programme will motivate the aspiring engineers to start their career in defence technology,” the ministry said in a statement. It said the MTech programme can be conducted at any AICTE affiliated institutes or universities, IITs, NITs or private engineering institutes.
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“Institute of Defence Scientists and Technologists (IDST) will provide support to the institutes for conducting this programme, which can be conducted in online as well as offline formats,” the ministry added.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and the AICTE as well as defence industries for starting the course. He said the programme will help in reaching the goal of a self-reliant India (‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’) as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is a four-semester programme with a total of 80 credits. It is having 6 specialisations. The first semester will have a common curriculum and the second-semester curriculum will be varied as per the specialisation. The third and fourth semesters include dissertation and industrial training.
The course would offer specialisations in combat vehicle engineering, aerospace technology, communication systems and sensors, directed energy technology, naval technology and high energy materials technology.
Those who have pursued BTech in aeronautical engineering, applied electronics and communication engineering, applied electronics and instrumentation engineering, chemical technology, chemical engineering, computer science & engineering, computer and communication engineering, computer engineering, computer engineering and applications, computer networking or allied fields will be eligible to apply for the course. (With inputs from PTI)