Technology should reach out to the common people, particularly farmers, and hence the Institution of Engineers (India) proposed mandatory training programmes for all in-service engineers, president of IEI (India), Kolkata, G. Prabhakar said on Sunday.

There was no professional institution for training practising engineers on the lines of Administrative Staff College of India, Mr. Prabhakar, who is a member of All-India Council of Technical Education and member of the Steering Committee of Higher and Technical Education in the Planning Commission, told this correspondent in an interview here. Mr. Prabhakar is the first-ever IEI national president to visit Kadapa and is the third native of Andhra Pradesh after K.L. Rao and G.L. Rao to adorn the prestigious post.

The Engineering Staff College of India has been striving to provide continuous training programmes for practising engineers to hone their knowhow on innovative technologies, the IEI Chairman said. In order to take technology to the people, IEI started Rural Development, Water Management, Sustainable Development, Quality and Safety and National Designs Fora, Mr. Prabhakar said.

‘Free hand'

Engineers should be given a free hand in decision-making without any political interference, Mr. Prabhakar asserted. Lacunae in planning was the main cause for engineering education becoming quantitative than qualitative, he observed.