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HRD programme begins

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KOCHI, FEB. 25. A human resource development programme for managements, principals and senior faculty of engineering colleges in Kerala, sponsored by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), was inaugurated here today.

N.Unnikrishnan Nair, Vice-Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology(Cusat), inaugurated the programme. In his inaugural address, Mr.Nair pointed out that there was a lack of variety in the subjects offered by engineering colleges in the State.

He said that the colleges had been imparting similar courses to the students over the last several years. The academic community should try to expand the scope of various engineering disciplines. "This could be done by including subjects on a wide variety of topics into our curriculum," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, N.S.Ramaswamy, chairman, Indian Heritage Academy, stressed the need to have educational institutions with social relevance in the country.

Prof. Ramaswamy said that technical educations should focus on the aspect of character building among students.

He said the quality of education imparted to students should improve. "There should be improvement in both, the quality of faculty and teaching skills," he added.

N.Sreekumar, chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry, Kerala, Pamela Ann Mathew, managing director, O/E/N Limited, G.P.C.Nair, president, All-Kerala Self-Financing Engineering College Management Association, Satheeshchandra Babu, president, Federal Bank Officers Association, P.V.Mathew, chairman, governing body of Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), M.George Joseph, Principal, FISAT, and M.S.Pillai, Head, HRD centre, Indian Heritage Academy, Bangalore, spoke on the occasion.

Hosted by FISAT, the programme is being conducted by the Indian Heritage Academy, Bangalore. The programme structure provides opportunities to the management, principals and faculty to come together and reflect on the current practices and issues in teaching and learning and institutional management processes.

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