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Technology should be embedded into higher education, say experts

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Jayanti S Ravi and K. Sunitha.– Photos: V. Raju
Jayanti S Ravi and K. Sunitha.– Photos: V. Raju

The government of Gujarat appears to have taken the help of technology to innovate its education system. Addressing the delegates at a two-day workshop on Innovations in Education, Health, Urban Governance and e-Governance here on Friday, the Commissioner of Technical Education, Gujarat, Jayanti S. Ravi said that the main focus has been on integrating technology with higher education. The workshop was organised by Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) in association with Commissionerate College Education.

Doling out a few tips to her AP counterparts she said, “In Gujarat we have advocated the extensive use of various online sources such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), OCW (open course ware) from MIT and our own online knowledge hub NPTEL.” Giving details on NPTEL she said, “This website has been jointly created by the IITs and IISC and is uploaded everyday with lectures by experts and contains course material of various engineering, science and humanities subjects.” She also advocated the extensive use of open software.

The AP government is also gearing to make the higher education technology driven. The Commissioner of Commissionerate of Collegiate Education K. Sunitha said that the government has initiated the programme Mana TV, an audio visual televised lecture programme, as part of that drive. “We are even remodelling our Jawahar Knowledge Centre initiative. Earlier, it was started as an on campus programme for bettering communication skills, but we are redesigning it with more technical components and it will not serve as a mere job giving skills,” she said.

Jayanti also pointed out that the Gujarat government like the AP government has added a new course on life enrichment for the holistic development of a student. The AP government has already introduced a programme on human values.

On overall development of students, Jayanti said, “We have drawn an elaborate plan to encourage extra-curricular activity and honing of creative skills by initiating the Saptadhara programme, wherein clubs such as creative clubs and yoga clubs are formed and run by the students.”


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