Good infrastructure and enrolment of students alone would not be able to ensure quality technical education if the teaching-learning process is not given focused attention, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said on Friday.
“The process of learning in educational institutions needs to change as there is the need for the teacher to know what to teach to the student and how to do it. The problem is we are not addressing the problems that have been stalking the system,” Prof. Sahasrabudhe said while speaking as the chief guest at the national conference on ‘Crisis in Technical Education’ at the SOA Deemed to be University here.
The two-day conference has been jointly organised by SOA and the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi, as part of the 49th ISTE National Annual Faculty Convention.
Teachers don’t appreciate when a student tries his hand at innovation or has a streak of creativity and inquisitiveness and “that is killing education,” he said.
The National Education Policy (NEP), presently in draft form, has all the ingredients to address the issues which had affected technical education in the country and overcome this crisis, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said.
Prof. Damodar Acharya, former Chairman of AICTE and Chairman of SOA Advisory Board, who spoke as the guest of honour, said the technical education system in the country was in ‘deep trouble’.
Explaining the problem, he said while “the industry is looking for quality and competent manpower, the system has been churning out lakhs of graduates who are not fit to be employed.”
The inaugural program was also addressed by Prof. M.K.Surappa, Vice-Chancellor of the Anna University, Chennai and Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA Deemed to be University, who were the guests of honour. Prof. Amiya Kumar Rath, Advisor, NAAC and Dr. P.M. Khodke, Central Project Advisor, National Project Implementation Unit of the ministry of Human Resource Development also spoke while Dr. Pratapsinh K. Desai, President of ISTE, presided.
Six eminent persons from the world of technical education in India including Prof. M.K.Surapp and Dr. P.M.Khodke were inducted as honorary fellows of the ISTE on the occasion. The others included Prof. Manojranjan Nayak, Founder President of SOA, Prof. Chittaranjan Tripathy, Vice-Chancellor of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Dr. Usha Natesan, Adivsor, Approval Bureau, AICTE and Dr. Indrajit Patel, Dean of Biral Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering College, Anand.