‘Teacher's training need of the hour'
Dearth of industry-ready professionals despite 4 lakh engineers produced every year
Despite the average intelligent quotient (IQ) of students being on the rise, the faculty at colleges are not at par leading to a ‘generation gap' between the two.
“There is a huge generation gap between administrators of education and people who want to learn. There are not enough role models out there,” observed M.P. Ravindra, head of Education and Research, Infosys. ‘Serious' teacher training and management counselling are the need of the hour.
In this context, he observed how most students prefer to learn on their own as no teacher quite engages them at college. “They mostly learn through the web, Youtube…” Mr. Ravindra said.
He was addressing a gathering of educationists, technologists investors and entrepreneurs at ‘Innovating Education: Technology and Business Trends', an event organised by National Association of Software and Services and Companies (NASSCOM) and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in Hyderabad on Friday. The day-long event explored the current state of innovation in education and the entrepreneurial opportunities it can bring about.
“There is enormous necessity in terms of getting talent into the industry,” said B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises. But he lamented the dearth of industry-ready professionals despite 4 lakh engineering graduates being churned out by the southern States every year. “In the IT industry alone, Rs. 3,000 crore is being spent in retraining engineers. There are no industry-ready professionals.”
Delivering high-speed digital technology would address the faculty crunch in the sector, said NASSCOM president Som Mittal also spoke as part of a high powered panel.
“Access to technology is important. We need to think in terms of inclusiveness. India has a technological advantage and we have to create innovative products,” said Mr. Ravindra. In this regard, the National Skill Development Trust could be persuaded to utilise the Rs. 1,000 crore fund to support projects that go into skill development, Mr. Mittal suggested. Besides this, the Ph.D. ecosystem in the country needs a revamp,” Mr. Reddy said.
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