Vice Chancellor of Alagappa University, Professor S. Sudalaimuthu has stressed the need to enhance the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education.

Addressing a workshop on “ICT Based cum Innovative Teaching and Research” for principals of affiliated colleges of Alagappa University at Karaikudi, near here on Thursday, he said the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education was 13.5 per cent at the national level while it was 20 per cent in Tamil Nadu.

He said India has been ranked 134th out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) and only 25 per cent of the graduates were found to be employable.

“To make the graduates employable, the Government of Tamil Nadu has taken all possible efforts to improve their skills by revamping the curriculum on par with global standards, inviting foreign professors, creation of ED cells, etc.” he said.

Alagappa University has set up the Curriculum Development Cell to revisit the curriculum and the workshop was organised by the cell, he added.

Ms. K. Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchy, in her keynote address, emphasised the need to hone the skills of students to face global competition and to meet the needs of the industry.

“There is also an urgent need to bridge the gap between the university and the industry and the key factors for ensuring this would be to hone up Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills, thinking skills and innovative skills of the students,” she said.

She added that Information and Communication Technologies was making unprecedented changes in teaching and research and it has revolutionised the global economy through higher productivity. Prof. V.Manickavasagam, Registrar, in his valedictory address, said the most perfect syllabus and the best curriculum would remain dead unless quickened into life by right method of teaching and right kind of teaching.

“Teaching without research would be sterile and research without teaching would be meaningless,” he said. Principals from the affiliated colleges of Alagappa University, faculty members from various departments of the University participated in the workshop.