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achievement: Managing Director of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. S.M. Jaamdar inaugurating the 30th Foundation Day celebrations of Gulbarga University on Thursday.
achievement: Managing Director of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. S.M. Jaamdar inaugurating the 30th Foundation Day celebrations of Gulbarga University on Thursday.

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‘A large number of postgraduates, professionals lack employable skills’

‘Teaching methods should be changed to bring them on a par with international standards’

‘Importance should be given to imparting soft skills to students right from school’

GULBARGA: Managing Director of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) S.M. Jaamdar has said that there is an urgent need for revolutionary changes in the higher education system to make it more meaningful and worthwhile for students.

Speaking after inaugurating the 30th Foundation Day celebrations of Gulbarga University here on Thursday, Dr. Jaamdar said that the standard of education here was not up to the mark when compared to that in western countries, and a large number of postgraduates and professionals lacked employable skills.

Dr. Jaamdar said that the concept of written examinations was not followed in most universities in the western world and very little classroom teaching was provided to students. “It is the group discussions and assignments handed out to students that make them professionals,” he said.

Welcoming the recommendations made by the Yash Pal committee on the changes to be brought about in higher education, Dr. Jaamdar called upon students to break free from the conventional classroom and bookish education to further their knowledge. “You should be your own teacher and you should end your dependence on others to increase your knowledge.”

He said that the concept of “teacherless teaching” and use of virtual digital libraries and Internet facilities to upgrade the knowledge and skills of students should replace conventional teaching methodologies in universities and centres of higher education.

Dr. Jaamdar said that teaching methods should also be changed to bring them on a par with international standards and requirements. “Teachers should create curiosity to learn among students and encourage them to use digital library facilities.”

Dr. Jaamdar said that importance should be given to imparting soft skills to students right from school in order to improve their conversational, presentation and other skills. “More than 90 per cent of graduates from colleges and universities are unemployable owing to lack of communication and presentation skills.”

Praising the high growth rate achieved by Gulbarga University in three decades, Dr. Jaamdar said that the university had done commendable work in serving the students. He added that the university should attach more importance to research and development in social sciences and history.

Five teaching and non-teaching staff who retired during the year were felicitated. Vice-Chancellor B.G. Mulimani presided over the function and Registrar Pratapsingh Tiwari welcomed the gathering.

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