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Knowledge management important for higher education: Prof Gupta

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 15:17 IST

“THE HIGHER education sector in India has to face five major challenges to come up to the global challenges of knowledge era of which knowledge management is the most important one,’’ research management professor with Alabama University, USA, Prof Jeet Gupta said in the State capital on Tuesday.

He was participating in a seminar on ‘challenges of 21st century’ organised at the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya on Tuesday.

Prof Gupta said knowledge infrastructure would have to be developed in higher education institutes to face challenge of knowledge management. He said the second big challenge is developing culture of research and innovation in higher education institutes.

Third challenge is to adopt methods of change management, fourth challenge is to improve quality of education and edge of research by using best technologies while the fifth challenge is to develop team excellence.

Vice-Chancellor Prof PB Sharma, Director of the University Institute of Technology (UIT) Dr V K Sethi, dean Prof S N Verma, faculty members and students were present in high numbers.

SUPER MILEAGE CAR: In the second part of the seminar, innovator of the super mileage car and an alumnus of Delhi College of Engineering, Himanshu Almadi spoke about his innovation.

The super mileage car can run 165 km on one litre of petrol. Almadi said challenges faced during development of the car was minimising fuel consumption as much as possible, giving an aerodynamic design to the car and compete with the best designers in the world in this section. He mentioned that he converted a 1946 engine provided to him to get the super mileage engine by using the fuel injection process.

The project was supported by Delhi College of Engineering, the Department of Science and Technology of Government of India and the Maruti Udyog Limited.

Nine graduation students of Delhi College of Engineering participated in the project that bagged best aerodynamic design award at a competition held at the USA.