Curriculum design and development at SASTRA is a proactive process that employs a Combined Feed-Forward & Feedback Mechanism. SASTRA involves all stakeholders (academia, industry, employers, alumni and students) in curriculum development. It also considers the emerging industrial trends and societal needs for modification of the curriculum in a need-based manner. SASTRA’s Academic Council constituted with knowledge leaders from industry and academia steers the institution to achieve and maintain high academic standards and excellence. The Council meets frequently to consider new programmes / courses / curricular revisions. Each programme has a Board of Studies (BoS) consisting of domain experts from industry and academia. Suggestions from the Curriculum Development Workshop comprising final year students and faculty members are also deliberated by the BoS.
SASTRA has implemented Choice–Based Credit System (CBCS) from 2001 and Accelerated Course Registration System (ACRS) in 2009, which facilitates students to complete credit requirements at their own pace within the stipulated period of study. The curriculum comprises core foundational courses, a basket of department electives that matches emerging trends and providing an option to students for specialization and open electives for broader knowledge.
SASTRA’s degree programmes are designed to address issues of local, regional, national and global importance. The curriculum also includes courses spanning humanities, arts, social sciences, traditional knowledge, etc., that enable students to expand their knowledge across disciplines and geographies. The curriculum empowers students with inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, activity-based and experiential learning to address emerging challenges. In addition, the curriculum design integrates courses that inculcate ethics, environmental awareness, yoga, soft skills and personality development for holistic development.
The programmes also take into account the changing needs of the industry and endeavour to produce graduates who form an integral part of a globally competitive workforce. This makes SASTRA a truly integrated place of higher learning engaged in quality teaching, training, research and consultancy.