Staff Reporter

“Teacher is responsible for learning capacity of students”

MADURAI: Research on education should concentrate more on improving quality of teachers at the school level, said Mohammed Akhtar Siddiqui, Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education, here on Tuesday.

Commissioning the Centre for Educational Research in commemoration of the 106th birth anniversary celebration of former Chief Minister K. Kamaraj at Madurai Kamaraj University, he said that human resource should be the focus of any educational research.

Pointing out that the teacher was responsible for the learning capacity of students, he said that research institutes should come out with proposals that could develop academic leadership among school teachers.

Agreeing with reports charging country’s contribution to research field as unsubstantial, Dr. Siddiqui said that school education was one area where seats of higher learning such as universities and research institutions were supposed to contribute to reap rich dividends later.

Three arms

Teaching, research and extension services were the three arms of education, he said and added that accent of educational research should be more in brining contemporary issues and come out with suggestions that could probably solve them.

The National Council for Teacher Education had been exploring the possibilities of applying inter-disciplinary approach to bring about qualitative change in teacher education, he said.

The centre, formed with a corpus fund of Rs.1 crore, had been bestowed with far more responsibility to identify the problems in society and suggest ways to improve living standards of people in all spheres.

R. Karpaga Kumaravel, Vice-Chancellor, said that the centre aimed to strive for excellence in educational research and would undertake multi-disciplinary research on problems, processes and phenomena in the interface between education and the larger society, providing inputs to policy making. The centre would also function as a think-tank on education at the State level. It would endeavour to transform the educational system by its comprehensive research for development and dissemination activities.

The centre would undertake research studies in education, the thrust areas being quality in rural education, reducing wastage and stagnation, dropout and push-outs, education of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, education of the physically challenged, education of the minorities, value education, women’s education, teacher empowerment through educational technology, educational administration and educational psychology.

P. Mohan and N. Siva, MPs; S.S. Jawahar, District Collector; N. Jayasankaran, former Vice-Chancellor, Kanchi University; G. Pankajam, former Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University; and I. Singaram, Registrar, took part.