Introducing Inter Disciplinary Experiential Active Learning (IDEAL) at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh

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With students in India, Southeast Asia and the World seeking access to inter-disciplinary competencies and programs and flexibility in learning, SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh has revamped the curriculum and the way the programs and courses are offered. There is a more emphasis on experiential learning (learning by doing) and technology enabled active learning. To address these demands, SRM AP introduces ‘Inter-Disciplinary Experiential Active Learning’ (IDEAL).

As a first step towards creating this IDEAL environment, SRM AP offers the option of pursuing minors, specializations and courses related to career choices to students joining in an undergraduate degree program. This allows students to have additional knowledge in some focus areas, providing them a career edge, or pursue an area of higher study in their field of interest. This learning experience will be further enriched by providing ‘Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), Design project, capstone project, industry internships and a technology-enabled active learning environment.

Students will take courses from different categories through their program and will be allowed to pursue their career choices. The course categories are as described below.

1. Foundation Courses (FC): - The objective of this component is to offer required courses pertaining to competencies in communication skills, ethics, humanities, foundational sciences, and engineering sciences. This category of courses is aimed at developing communication skills, both oral and written; awareness of concepts and ideas, that underlie scientific thinking, design thinking, problem solving and the impact of science and technology on society.

2. Core Courses (CC): - The core courses are aimed at providing the student with the required expertise in the competencies in their chosen field of study. These courses comprise the required competencies of a students’ chosen field and help them make an informed decision in selecting a specialization to further their post graduate careers. The core courses are required of all students majoring in the chosen discipline.

3. Core Elective (CE): - The core electives provide the student with an option to gain exposure to advanced and in-depth competencies through research based and industry-based courses. The core elective category consists of Department Elective and Specialization Elective courses

  • a. Department Electives are part of the core elective courses bucket, that the students can choose from, based on their interests.
  • b. Specialization Electives offers the student an opportunity to select a set of courses in sequence for a chosen specialization within their core area to enable the in-depth study of emerging areas and future industry ready areas of competencies.

4. Open Elective Courses (OE): - The open elective courses provide the student wide latitude to pursue their interests, be it in humanities, arts, their chosen field of study, a related discipline, or use it towards developing a concentration in another field. Students may register and attempt courses, in any or all the following categories as per university policies.

  • a. Academic: - Courses offered by other departments or MOOCs such as SWAYAM.
  • b. Co-Curricular: - Summer internship, winter internship, industry visit / practice and international immersion programs.
  • c. Extra- Curricular: - civil services preparation, cultural clubs, hobby clubs, sports clubs, technical clubs, NCC / NSS or other community outreach activities

5. Minor: - The minor courses offer the student an opportunity to select a set of courses in sequence for a chosen area outside their major to enable them to develop competencies in an interdisciplinary field. Depending on the program, the students have an option to pursue minor as part of their program or additional minor program by earning additional credit over and above their regular major program credits.

6. Research, Design, and Industry Practice (RDIP): - The Research, Design and Industry Practice component of the curriculum is designed with the components of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Multi-Disciplinary Design Project (MDDP), Senior Thesis / Capstone Project and Industry cooperative work through the program. This component is specifically for students to pursue their design and research ideas in a guided and teamwork environment.

7. Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC): - The Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) component of the curriculum is practice focused and designed to equip students with current and emerging industry specific skills, guide them toward best opportunities in employment, entrepreneurship, and higher studies with a global perspective.

List of Specializations

Course & Branch


Computer Science and Engineering

Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Distributed and Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics

Mechanical Engineering

Robotics and Automation, Additive Manufacturing

Electronics and Communication Engineering

VLSI & Embedded Systems, Advanced Communication Systems & Signal Processing using AI

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Renewable Energy

Civil Engineering

Computer Aided Structural Engineering


Integrative Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics


Liberal Arts, English, History, Economics, Psychology,




HR, Digital Marketing, Family Business, Finance, Operations and Logistics Management


Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (AI & ML), Data Science (DS), Cyber Securty (CS), VLSI, Internet of Things (IOT) and Embedded Systems, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, Thermal Engineering


Business Analytics, HR/Marketing/Finance, Family Business, Operations and Logistics Mgt


Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Environmental Science