Staff Correspondent

Universities should strive for creation of knowledge: Ballal

About five lakh engineering graduates are created in 400 univerisities every year

Call to make teaching an attractive profession

in terms of remuneration

Manipal: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal said on Friday that the gap between the industry and academics should be bridged up. Universities should give importance to creation of knowledge rather than merely concentrating on imparting knowledge.

He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day fifth annual Control Instrumentation System Conference (CISCON - 2008) organised by the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) here.

Prof. Ballal said that although there were 400 universities in the country, none of them figured in the top 200 universities of the world. This was because the universities here were lagging behind in research. Although nearly five lakh engineering graduates were being created every year in the country, only 20 per cent of them were employable.

“The industry should encourage the institutions by offering student scholarships. Higher education should be made accessible to deserving students. They should not be deprived of higher education merely for the want of money,” he said. It was difficult to get good teachers for engineering courses. Hence, teaching profession should be made more attractive in terms of salaries paid to them. . “The help of the industry is required to attract good teachers to academic institutions”, Dr. Ballal said. Pro-Vice Chancellor of Manipal University and director of the institute S.S. Pabla said that instrumentation technology played a vital role in the progress of the world. India was largely dependent on foreign countries for instruments. This situation should be reversed.The syllabi of the universities were five years behind the international standard. Conferences such as this helped the students and teachers in keeping abreast of developments in the respective fields, Dr. Pabla said.