Tuesday, February 07, 2006

convocation 2006

Here is the précis of the convocation address of the chief guest prof.damodar acharya chairamn, aicte
In his words:
"I take this opportunity to congratulate each and every degree/award recipients and wish them the very best in their career life .they are now joined a select few who have privilege of having the best in technical education.simultaneously, they are getting a rare privilege of serving their family, community and country with distinction, dedication, honesty and integrity"
And he took up some of the basic issues and challenges that our very own technical education system is facing today, and how to prepare to face the turbulent world when they are leaving the safe and secure campus of our institute
He gave the statistics of the number of students getting admitted into engg relative to other developed nation, and the number of quality engineers coming out to this profession. At the same time he reminded about the shortage of the faculty which is key to improve the quality of education
The striking aspects of these stats are the age distribution of teachers is such that there is peak above 60 and the second peak is around 23.

the part i liked most was when he said " 21st century shall be dominated by those nations who can through research and innovation create intellectual property, commercialize the same at the shortest possible time and meet the global needs of goods and services at least cost.so,technical education will have a dominant role"
So if India has to be a developed country by 2020 and bring smile to over a billion faces some of the steps that may change the scenario are:
Revamping the curricula of engineering degree by
--basic sciences (12-15%)
--basic engineering including computer sciences (15-20%)
--humanities, social sciences and management including communication skills (12-15%)
--professional core about 30%
--professional electives of abt 20% credit
Faculty shortage must be addressed by effective continuous training and retraining the available faculty and up gradation of their educational qualification
Creating a research and innovation culture in the institutions by giving importance to project, product and development.
Involving the industries who depend on our technical institutions for their manpower in training the faculty
The regulatory shud concentrate less on trivial like approvals sanction etc, environment must be created so that institution providing poor quality of education must face closure
Accreditation system must need to be strengthened and brought at par with the rest of the world


INSTITUTIIONS IN THEIR OWN INTEREST MUST PROVIDE VALUE FOR THE MONEY.A SINGLE PARAMETER THAT CAN ENSURE THEIR SURVIVAL IS ENSURING FINITE PAYBACK PERIOD TO THE STUDENTS FOR THE MONEY THEY PAY.SHORTER IS THE PAYBACK PERIOD, BETTER IS ITS QUALITY AND MORE ASSURED IS ITS FUTURE.

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