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MLC Chukka Ramaiah during his visit to Mother Teresa School in Vijayawada on Tuesday.
VIJAYAWADA: MLC Chukka Ramaiah on Tuesday lamented the lack of political will in the country to build up human resources. “Unlike other countries, we don’t plan development of manpower,” he said, addressing reporters before participating in a school programme.
“Education should be related to national development and it should aim at finding a solution to the problems of the common man. And that solution must be found in technology, which cannot be isolated from key issues confronting mankind,” he maintained.
Stressing the need for careful planning in the education sector, he warned that if things were implemented without proper planning, it could turn into a breeding ground for unemployment. He said sciences had undergone a sea change over the years. “We live in the age of bio-medical courses and genetic engineering. Courses related to oceanography and pollution will occupy centre stage in the days to come,” he predicted.
Replying to a query, Mr. Ramaiah said that it was a misconception that a rise in the number of engineering colleges had led to a diminishing demand for IITs. “IITians need to do a lot of research work to make use of the opportunities in the global market,” he felt.
Pointing out that engineering colleges survive mainly on outsourcing, he cited the example of companies like Satyam Computers, which mainly thrived on outsourcing. Issues like environmental catastrophes and social problems were major challenges today and education pattern must be in a position to address these issues effectively.
Later, addressing students of Mother Teresa High School at Kasturibaipet, the IIT guru urged parents to use summer vacations to develop excellence in their children. “Don’t overburden your child with things he cannot do. Instead, spot his area of talent and groom him in that direction,” he said.
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