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Advice: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal addressing the students of Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal on Thursday.
Advice: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal addressing the students of Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Manipal: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal said on Thursday that high quality education and training should be provided to the students in engineering institutes. He was presiding over the ‘Orientation Programme – 2009’ for the newly admitted B.E. students of Manipal Institute of Technology, here.

Prof. Ballal said that there were 1,600 engineering colleges in the country, which churned out four lakh students every year. Of these students, only 40 per cent were employable, 30 were trainable, and the rest were unemployable. This showed the quality of education provided to them.

He said Manipal University gives priority to providing top-quality education. It makes no compromises on quality. Students of all its institutions were admitted strictly on the basis of merit.

The university also appoints teachers with great care, he said. It chose teachers on the basis of not just their qualifications but academic achievements. The performance of teachers was being constantly evaluated just like that of the students. The varsity also gives importance to feedback of students on the teachers, he added.

R&D thrust

Mere imparting of knowledge was not enough. The real challenge lay in creation of knowledge. Hence the university gave importance to research, he said. The Manipal Institute of Technology had an innovation centre on its campus, where research activities were being given priority.

Since rapid changes had taken place in the field of technology, and to cater to the needs of the industry, the university promotes industry-academia cooperation, he said.

Nearly 60 eminent persons from the industry deliver guest lectures at the institute every year, Prof. Ballal said.

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