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“Colleges must create technical manpower”

Staff Reporter

Inter-disciplinary spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship must be recognised

— Photo: R. Ashok

ACADEMIC ACHIEVER: N.R. Shetty, president, Indian Society for Technical Education, conferring degree on a student at Oxford Engineering College in Tiruchi on Monday. College chairman M. Subramaniam is seen.

TIRUCHI: Institutions must fulfil their educational social responsibility on the lines of corporate social responsibility for creating human capital, N.R. Shetty, president of Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, said on Monday.

Conferring degrees on students of Oxford Engineering College, Prof. Shetty, who is also the Chairman of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children (NACEDC), urged higher educational institutions to develop the inclination to utilise their facilities for developing skills of school dropouts and youths in the immediate surroundings. The ISTE was encouraging institutions to establish occupational training centres on a voluntary basis with the assurance of securing employment for the trainees, he said.

The education system should pave way for global excellence by recognising the inter-disciplinary spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, he said. The intake capacity of the seven Institutes of Technology was limited. Hence, 100 best technical institutions in the country should be identified and students admitted on the basis of their score in IIT-JEE. Till the institutions attained IIT standards, the government must provide funding for strengthening facilities and research infrastructure.

Prof. Shetty advised technical institutions to focus on creating technical manpower. Since global engineering education was undergoing a paradigm shift, teachers must be constant learners. Institutions must take advantage of open source software for enhancing their curriculum.

He also stressed on the need for institutions to ensure quality by opting for output based accreditation and roping in industry participation right from formulating contents to carrying out projects under joint guidance.

Prof. Shetty conferred degrees on 100 students in the presence of college chairman M. Subramaniam and principal V.K. Pandey.

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