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Concern over poor quality of technical education

Expressing concern over the 'poor' quality of technical education in the country despite a rapid increase in the number of technical institutions, chairman of All India Council for Technical Education Damodar Acharya on Sunday suggested several steps to overhaul the present system to make it more effective in producing world class engineers.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 12:21 IST

Expressing concern over the 'poor' quality of technical education in the country despite a rapid increase in the number of technical institutions, chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Damodar Acharya on Sunday suggested several steps to overhaul the present system to make it more effective in producing world class engineers.

Addressing the convocation ceremony of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), in Mesra in Ranchi, Acharya said factors like shortage of faculty, outdated and rigid curricula and unsatisfactory professional environment were broadly responsible for the situation.

He said revamping of curricula and syllabi with due emphasis on basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, management, including communication skills, and inclusion of professional electives was a must to improve the quality of education.

Acharya said, “The faculty shortage should be addressed to by training and retaining the available faculty, upgradation of their qualification, leveraging ICT for their training and development. Training with the support of leading institutes and outstanding available teachers should also be given importance.” He said research and innovation culture should be created in the institutions by giving importance to project, product, design and development.

Industries, employing technical students, should also be involved in this process. The regulatory authorities should have a facilitating role for the technical institutes and they should concentrate less over trivials like approval and sanction.

“Environment must be created so that institutions providing 'poor' quality education face automatic closure,” he said adding a national qualification framework, which would help assessment and certification of skills and education, should be developed.

Syed Sibte Razi, Governor of Jharkhand, said that in the technical era India had become a land of opportunities.

SMART BOX
Education revamp
Steps to improve the quality of education:
• Revamping curricula:
With due emphasis on the latest trends
• Training and retaining:
Enhancing skills of the available faculty
• Culture change:
Research and innovation culture to be created

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 12:21 IST