Mumbai: From the next academic session, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay will be launching compulsory courses in biology and physics for all its B Tech first-year students.
As per sources, the decision of introducing compulsory courses in biology and physics has been taken last week by the institute's senate. The main objective behind such a decision is to produce well-rounded engineers. A professor mentioned that it could be the first IIT to recognize the need to know biology for engineers.
The professor also added that it is an essential component for a basic sciences foundation. He said that this was part of fine-tuning the syllabus, which had last been revised about five years ago.
Furthermore, another Professor has informed that, however, the decision will only be formalized once the minutes of the meeting are out. He added that these areas [biosciences and bioengineering] are becoming increasingly important and are areas in, which engineering graduates might later work. Besides, he said that basic sciences courses had been in the curriculum until some years ago.