Empowering engineering teachers
SHASTRY V. MALLADY
The Anna University-Wipro initiative aims at turning engineering teachers into high impact classroom presenters.
Faculty of Anna University-affiliated engineering colleges across Tamil Nadu are being groomed with high impact teaching skills to change teaching outlook in classrooms.
This comes as a partnering initiative between the Anna University and IT major Wipro which will conduct skill-development programme through its ‘Mission10X’. The four wings of Anna University (AU) situated in Chennai, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli and Coimbatore have come under the training fold.
“Effective teaching-learning process is important in engineering colleges for enhancing the employability of our graduates,” says P. Mannar Jawahar, Anna University vice-chancellor, Chennai.
Dr. Jawahar, along with two other AU vice-chancellors — V. Ramachandran (Tiruchi) and S. Kaliappan (Tirunelveli) — interacted with principals of affiliated engineering colleges during the ‘Educators Meet’ held in Madurai on December 2.
Senior level experts from Wipro spelt out the objectives of ‘Mission10X’, which was formally launched in December’07 by Mr. Azim Premji at Bangalore and is now geared up in Tamil Nadu.
According to S. Nagarjuna, Mission Head (Wipro), the specialised training comes as a certification programme for the faculty of all branches of engineering.
“If teaching staff possess innovative teaching methodology, they can become high impact presenters in classrooms. Wipro has designed course material to empower the faculty,” he explains. The training duration lasts for 7 - 10 days and interested colleges in a region can come together and undergo training.
There is a reason behind Wipro naming the training initiative as ‘Mission10X’. It is a mission to cover 10,000 teachers of engineering colleges in India and improve the students’ talent 10 times by the year 2010, says Mr. Nagarjuna.
In Tamil Nadu, the connect with engineering teachers will be through the Centre for University-Industry Collaboration (CUIC), Anna University, Chennai, with academic support from Wipro. CUIC Director V. C. Ravichandran says: “It brings a transformation among faculty. Already four training sessions have been held in Coimbatore, Chennai, Thiruvannamalai and Karur.” While the faculty will be able to unleash their potential, Mission10X also enables a teacher to have the attention of students for a longer time in classroom.
Dr. Kaliappan of Anna University (Tirunelveli) sums it up saying this innovative programme fills the gaps in engineering teaching and thereby leads to well empowered students.
An exclusive web portal has been launched for engineering colleges to get an insight into the programme: www.mission10x.com.
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