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Rise in number of students, shortage of faculty a challenge, says Vice-Chancellor

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KAKINADA: Advising the college managements to focus on infrastructure development and optimum utilisation of available resources, Vice-Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH) D.N. Reddy on Sunday said that rise in the number of students and shortage of faculty were two major challenges being faced by the universities now.

Addressing a seminar on ‘Accreditation' organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) here, Prof. Reddy said that besides signing Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with domestic and foreign universities, there should be a constant follow up to make the MoUs a reality. “Our duty is not just supplying manpower to the industries, but creating knowledge too. Let us introspect about the quality of education being given by us to our students,” he said, while referring to the reports that stated that only 20 per cent of the university pass outs possessed domain knowledge. “Only 10 per cent of the engineering graduates are able to do ‘C' and C++ programming. Instead of training students for a particular industry, let us focus on capacity building,” he said. Referring to the technology, Prof. Reddy said that optimum utilisation of available technology would help educational institutions to provide the best training to their students. He said that technology had already erased boundaries between nations and use of virtual classrooms was already turned out to be a reality.

Vice-Chancellor of the JNTUK Allam Appa Rao said that the JNTUK was the first university to introduce online affiliated system and pioneered in launching as many as 44 new programmes in a short span of three years. Registrar V. Ravindra, Director G.V.R. Prasada Raju and others were present.

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