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PhD defence by Vikas Shinde

Invitation to Ph.D. Defence Design of Course Level Project Based Learning Models for Indian Engineering Institutes: An assessment of students’ learning experiences and learning outcomes


02.10.2014 kl. 13.00 - 17.00


Assessment Committee

Professor Lauri Malmi, Alto University, Finland
Associate Professor Khairiyah Yusof, Universiti Teknologi
Associate Professor Mona Dahms (chairman)


Various government reports in India have expressed serious concern over the quality of
engineering education, and employability of engineering graduates. Such reports have caused
widespread demand for changes in the Indian education system. In response to these
demands, the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has switched to an outcome‐based
education by adopting ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) learning
outcomes. It is emphasised that the academic practices followed at Indian engineering
institutes must be improved to tune with outcome based education. In this research, the
Project Based Learning (PBL) philosophy is considered as an approach to address issues. PBL
philosophy was originated in a Western culture where academic practices are different than
in India. The objectives of this research were to design a PBL model for an Indian institute and
to assess its impact on students’ learning experiences and learning outcomes. Bringing change
in existing academic practice and integrate PBL in Indian institute was challenging. To
conduct this research, Sinhgad Institute of Technology, Lonavala (SITL) was selected as a
representative institute. The research was focused on developing a PBL model to suit the
academic and administrative settings at SITL. Design Based Research as a research framework
proved to be useful for designing the PBL models and for conducting the research. In this
research, three innovative course level PBL models are designed and implemented in SITL in
which three hundred and seventy five students participated. The mixed methods sequential
design approach was used for data collection. The collected data was analysed using statistical
analysis and content analysis techniques. It is concluded that PBL environment was found
useful to improve learning experiences of students and for enhancement of learning

After the defence the department will host a reception at Vestre Havnepromenade 5 1. room
257. Please send an email to Marianne Nyborg mariannen@plan.aau.dk, if you plan to attend
the defence and the reception not later than September 29.


No fee


Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability


Department of Development and Planning, AAU. .Nybrogade 6 room 1.102

Registration Deadline

01.10.2014 kl. 10.00

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