Fuzzy analytical hierarchy process to evaluate the curriculum of an undergraduate program with a vision to design an industry-ready undergraduate engineering program
The curriculum of an engineering program can be of great interest for the prospective students and their parents. The better the curriculum, the more will be the success rates and satisfaction levels for the students. Studies addressing the framework to evaluate the existing curriculum are limited. Owing to this research gap, the present study aims at finding the important components of industry ready undergraduate engineering program at universities in India and abroad. For the analysis the curriculum of an Indian university is considered, and the survey is conducted through an expert panel. The importance of different components of curriculum viz. foundation courses, core courses, skill and perspective courses, industry exposure, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, co-curricular activities, advanced courses etc. are discussed and the collected expert opinion on these components are converted into fuzzy scales. Analytical hierarchy process is followed to find the weights of each component of the curriculum, and the results are presented in the form of tables and graph, which are discussed in detail. It is found that apart from the foundation and core courses, skill and perspective courses are also very important for an effective industry ready curriculum.