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Seminar on software engineering held

‘In most countries, research has become part of the curriculum from kindergarten.'

KOCHI: Complacency and lack of aspiration has become the tendency of Indian researchers, Pankaj Jalote, noted software engineering expert and Director of IIIT, Delhi, has said.

In his inaugural address at the national seminar on software engineering organised by the Department of Computer Science at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat), Dr. Jalote said that the country's science, technology and engineering sectors have still not reached maturity in any level and the aspiration level of Indian researchers is very low, which is keeping them where they have started.

Presiding over the function, Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice-Chancellor of Cusat, said that we should design research-oriented teaching programmes. In most of the foreign countries, research has become an integral part of the curriculum right from the kindergarten level, he said.

K. Poulose Jacob, head, Department of Computer Science, who welcomed the gathering said that there should be an academic audit for the various seminars as well to determine the standards.

In view of the emerging requirements, the department has got sanction to start a part-time M. Tech programme in software engineering with specialisation in embedded systems. Dr. Jacob said that UGC has allotted Rs. 60 lakh for the department in the next plan for procuring equipment.

C. Unnikrishnan, vice-president of Computer Society of India Cochin Chapter, spoke. G. Santhoshkumar, senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science proposed a vote of thanks. The seminar will conclude on Tuesday.

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