“Indian students, though are good at analysing things, lack hands-on skills,” is the observation of Rao R Tummala, distinguished professor of Georgia Tech University.

Dr. Rao, who was talking on ‘Innovative Practices in Engineering and Research’ at Vignan University on Thursday, asked the institutions to provide students with hands-on experience by setting up good laboratory facilities.

Calling upon the teachers to have a broad and deeper understanding of the subject so that students would be interested in taking up research.

The students should also be trained to learn new things, he said.

Top priority

“Originality and innovation should be the top priorities in research,” he observed.

Prof. Tummala offered guidelines to the research scholars and PG students and asked them to choose the research problem of social need that would ultimately result in a useful product.

On the role of universities in shaping the students, Prof. Tummala stressed on the need for undertaking high-quality research, and suggested that funding from technological companies could also be raised by convincing them with appropriate research proposals.

Vice-Chancellor M.M. Naidu, Director of DET V. Madhusudhan Rao, and HoD of Chemical Engineering B. Seetha Ramanjaneyulu were present.