Says teachers need to upgrade themselves

Do the known things in a different way and it will lead to quality productivity, said Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education Chairman Professor Jayaprakash Rao.

Delivering the valedictory address of the two-day workshop on Innovations in Education Health, Urban Governance and e-Governance here on Saturday, he said that the teacher-centric education had to move to the learner-centric mould. In this fast changing world, learning techniques are fast evolving and teachers need to upgrade themselves, he opined at the workshop organised by the Centre for Innovations in Public System (CIPS) in collaboration with Commissionerate of Collegiate Education.

Innovative techniques do not mean that mere changing or upgrading of syllabus or curriculum, but techniques should be devised to see that it is transformed effectively. Transfer of knowledge is important and it was up to the teacher to devise innovative techniques, he said and advised the teachers and principals of various colleges to focus on testing methodology. He told The Hindu on why research was taking a back seat: “We are not able to provide the required feed. Be it research in professional area or conventional sciences, feed is essential and we have to improve in this area. We have the capacity, but what is required is initiative.”

On the delay in announcement of EAMCET counselling, he noted that it was due to pending case regarding the ‘B’ category seats in the A.P. High Court. “We expect a ruling in the next couple of days,” he said.

The CIPS Director D. Chakrapani pointed out that innovation was the key in development of higher education and bodies like CIPS would act as facilitators. “We had taken students from IIT-Chennai to the agency areas in Visakhapatnam to study the National Optic Fibre Network and the students from GITAM University to Chittoor to study the MeeSeva programme and urged them to come out with reports on how we can improve. The idea was to provide linkages between government departments and the students,” he said.

The role of CIPS was to Identify, document and disseminate information and in the process it had approached five medical institutions in the country to replicate the CMC-Vellore model and six Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology to replicate the Aravind Eye Care System.

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