Innovative, demanding and flexible curricula and modern teaching techniques were vital to prepare students to face the challenges of global society, said Prof. V. Manickavasagam, Registrar of Alagappa University.

Addressing a workshop on “Curriculum Designing and Development,” organised by the Curriculum Development Cell of Alagappa University here on Wednesday, he said students could not be educated to handle problems of the 21st century with the pedagogy of 20th century.

“If UG education is to be consistent with the world’s best practices, programmes must integrate the study of liberal arts with scientific, management and other professional UG programmes,” he said.

All curricula whether at the UG or PG level, whether professional or in other subjects, should place heavy emphasis on experiential learning such as internships, service-learning programmes, he suggested.

Such an emphasis on experiential learning, hands on research and critical thinking will provide students a real world context for their learning, he said.

Prof. P. Nagabhushan, Chief Nodal Officer, University of Mysore, in his address emphasised that multi-dimensional facets of learning should be thrown open to students.