Teach skills to the youth of today or we will miss the boat of development, says Isaac

The Indian system of higher education is in need of a paradigm shift backed by Information and Communication Technologies for better research orientation and quality enhancement, K.P. Isaac, Member-Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi, said on Wednesday.

The general complaint that the education system had deteriorated must be addressed by academicians. The education system must transform to infuse seriousness in students and make them hard working, he said.

Mr. Isaac was delivering the Graduation Day of the Anna University, Chennai, organised for graduates of the constituent colleges at the Bharathidasan Institute of Technology (BIT) here.

Being innovative was essential for students in a situation where India was on the cusp of enjoying the benefits of demographic dividend.

“If we do not tap the dividend of younger age group today, and teach them skills, we will be missing the boat of development,” Mr. Isaac said.

Develop innovative system to root out the all-pervasive corruption. Do things in the best possible way. Success depended on shaping opportunities, Mr. Isaac advised students.

Of the 1,865 students of Bharathidasan Institute of Technology and other three constituent colleges at Ariyalur, Panruti, and Thirukkuvalai, 1,503 graduates received their degrees in person. Of them, there were 135 university rank holders and 24 gold medal winners.

Mr. Isaac honoured the winners in the presence of P. Kaliraj, Vice Chancellor (officiating), Anna University, Chennai. S. Sivanesan, Registrar In-Charge, presented the report on the achievements of the constituent colleges. Projects that BIT campus was sanctioned by sponsoring and government agencies were estimated at Rs. 1.93 crore of which Rs. 1.5 crore had been utilised in 2012-13. BIT had received a grant of Rs. 10 crore under Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.

A research team of the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology was granted projects to the tune of Rs. 7.7 crore of which Rs. 6 crore had been funded by the Department of Science and Technology to establish National Facility on drug development for academic institution, pharmaceutical and allied industries. The AICTE had considered the Department of Biotechnology in BIT campus for Rs. 3.5 crore funding under MODROBS (Modernisation and Removal of Obsolescence), Prof. Sivanesan said.