Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Technical institutions for higher education are facing the need to devise methods to attract talent towards teaching profession, civil engineer A.R. Santhakumar said here on Sunday.

Speaking at a function organised by the Engineers’ Hub at College of Engineering Guindy, he said, “Students of Plus-Two have to voluntarily choose a stream of engineering to have optimum interest in the subject and develop better quality of human resource.”

Engineers had the obligation to tell the students at school-level the contribution of important streams such as civil engineering in the development of a nation, he said.

Many school students were not aware of the significance of solving problems in civil engineering.

Engineers had to spread awareness of opportunities available for students in civil engineering in using their problem solving skills, Mr. Santhakumar said.

Chancellor of Hindustan University Elizabeth Verghese said that faculty members of engineering colleges required entry-level training to give more focus and credibility to technical education.

“Faculty is in jeopardy today,” she added.

This would affect the quality of students in this period of financial meltdown. She said that the world outside campus was becoming very challenging and students required more confidence to cope with the challenges.

There was a possibility of obtaining permission for 60 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu next year, said president of Alumni Association of College of Engineering Guindy G.B. Jai Prakash Narain.

Chief Engineer Public Works Department S. Jeyaraman, Chief Engineer of Tamil Nadu Housing Board K.Muthusamy, and Chief Engineer Highways Department P.Hariraj participated in the function.