“The Education system should shed the exam-centric approach and provide a different kind of motivation for students, urged Vice-Chancellor,Pune University, Raghunath Shevgaonkar.
He was speaking at the certificate distribution function of faculty development programme on design and analysis of algorithms organised by Computer Society of India (CSI) Pune chapter. MD Agarwal,vice-president,CSI and CIO BPCL ,Deepak Shikarpur,chairman,division 1,CSI and Anand Deshpande,CMD,Persistant,were present on the occasion.
Shevgaonkar said there should be change in approach to higher education. Curriculum is only a path. We have stagnated the knowledge by becoming exam centric. There cannot be engineering without innovation. There should be focus on understanding innovative research, he said.
The research and development centres have been pocketed to few labs. There should be a joint research programme of industry-academia. Top industries always have a good R and D base and this can be useful for the industry-academia interface. Free flow back and forth of personnel from industry- academia should also be accepted, said Shevgaonkar.
He said there was a general perception that IITians were more employable than other engineering colleges. If this has to change,there is a need to teach something that is beyond space and time and emphasis should be on research in these colleges. Adapting to technologies is an easy job. The students should focus more on innovation and solid fundamentals of engineering, said Shevgaonkar.
Agarwal said CSI would soon start a social sector project where technologies and tools would be identified which could become a means for people from villages. An MoU with C-DAC has been signed in this regard recently, he said.
Computer Society of India (CSI) and Software Exporters Association of Pune (SEAP) has started this initiative of training teachers with an objective to bridge the industry-academic gap. Close interaction with board of studies is the key for this initiative. Initially started for engineering college teachers,it now includes MCA and MSc teachers too. Industry experts train the teachers at industry premises.
While Shikarpur introduced the chief guests,Deshpande proposed a vote of thanks.