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

Pursue your Passions

With students in India seeking more inter-disciplinary programs and flexibility in learning, SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh has revamped the manner in which the programs are offered, and the curriculum is designed. There is also an increasing focus on experiential learning (learning through doing) and technology enabled active learning. To address these demands, SRM AP now introduces ‘Inter-Disciplinary Experiential Active Learning’ (IDEAL). 

As a first step towards creating this IDEAL environment, SRM AP offers the option of pursuing minors and specializations to students joining B.Tech degree programme. 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), capstone projects, industry internships and a technology-enabled active learning environment, for instance hybrid learning through MITx.

An overview of Majors, Specialisation and Minors is provided below. 


A student will be awarded a Degree in a Major if he / she earns a minimum of 180 credits and satisfies all requirements for the award of the degree as per the University regulations. The student can choose courses across the departmental electives and open electives of his / her choice to complete the 180 credit requirement.

Credit requirement: Around 180 credits

Degree Nomenclature: The degree will contain the Major like B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering or B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering.


A student can pursue a Major with Specialization, if he / she chooses to specialize in a sub-field relevant to his / her Major. This will allow them to deepen their learning in the said sub-field. To pursue a Specialization, the student must have taken a certain number of departmental and open electives from the same basket of intended specialization. For example, a student pursuing a Major in Computer Science and Engineering can specialize in Cyber Security, if he/she takes the required number of electives relating to Cyber Security. The exact number of electives to be taken from a particular sub-field to earn a specialization will be defined by the respective departments.

Credit requirement: Around 180 credits (including 24 – 27 credits in the field of specialization)

Degree Nomenclature: The degree will contain the Major along with Specialization.

For e.g.,: “B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering with Specialisation in Cyber Security”.


Since a Minor is an option rather than a requirement, students may consider their passions and goals before pursuing any Minor in conjunction with their declared Major.  A student has an option to either choose a Minor within Engineering, or outside Engineering. In case of a Minor within engineering, it can be in any department other than the student’s Majoring department. For instance, a Computer Science and Engineering student can do a minor in Electronics and Communication Engineering or Electrical and Electronics Engineering.  And, in case of a Minor from outside Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering student can do a minor in Economics, History, or Journalism. The student will have to meet certain eligibility criteria set by respective departments in order to opt for a Minor.

To earn a Minor, a student should complete four to six courses worth 12 to 18 credits in addition to the stipulated credit requirement for earning a Major (i.e., 180 credits).

Credit requirement: Around 192 to 198 credits (Major worth 180 credits + Minor worth 12 to 18 credits)

Degree nomenclature: The degree will contain the Major / Major with Specialization. The Minor pursued by the student will be provided in the transcript along with details on courses completed and associated credits.

For e.g., For a student who pursued Computer Science and Engineering with a Minor in History, the degree will read “B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering” and the Minor in History will be reflected in the transcript.


 List of Specializations



Computer Science and Engineering

Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Software Engineering (SE)

Mechanical Engineering

CAD/CAM, Materials/3D Printing, Robotics & Mechatronics, Automotive

Electronics and Communication Engineering

VLSI designs & MEMS (Micro-electro-mechanical systems), Wireless Sensor networks, Embedded systems design

Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Smart Grid- Characteristics and Design, Industrial   Automation and Control, Non-linear Dynamical Systems and Control

Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Structural Engineering

List of Minors

Engineering Minors

Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and  Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering

Non-Engineering Minors

Business Management, Economics, English Studies, Sociology, Journalism, History, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology