Our people are reluctant to share knowledge with others: Vice-Chancellor
TIRUCHI: For the right use of knowledge management, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools should be made available at all educational institutions, and communication skills must be tuned to the highest level, the Director of National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi, M. Chidambaram, has said.
Inaugurating a seminar on `Process and progressive of knowledge management in India' conducted by the Economics Department of the Holy Cross College here on Thursday, Dr. Chidambaram said that knowledge management was multi-disciplinary in nature, which could be applied for any organisation.
Dissemination of knowledge could bring out specific outcomes if experts of different areas worked on a same platform. Convergence of knowledge was the basis of knowledge management, he said.
Briefing on the need for a uniform access of information technology, Dr. Chidambaram said that knowledge sharing must be brought under organisational practices using ICT tools for accessing the expertise of various people across the globe.
Delivering the keynote address, the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, C. Thangamuthu, said that from the Vedic period, knowledge transfer was never documented and was disseminated only through word of mouth.
"Our country lacks knowledge management and the people are reluctant to share knowledge with others."
Referring to the Right to Information Act, Dr. Thangamuthu said that the Act was a biggest advantage to the country but its scope could be extended only when people utilise existing rights.
He urged the students to share the acquired knowledge through inter-departmental networking, group dynamics and discussions.
"E-governance requires a cultural transformation in the country, as success of it depends on sharing of responsibilities across all hierarchies," Dr. Thangamuthu added.
Marking the occasion, Dr. Thangamuthu released a book on `Process and perspectives of knowledge management in India,' authored by the faculty members of Postgraduate and Research Department of Economics, Holy Cross College. The book is a compilation of 33 papers presented at various seminars. It aims to address host of issues and approach knowledge management from various perspectives.
The Principal, Sr. Rosy, the secretary of the college, Sr. Jeusin Francis, and the Head, Department of Economics, Sr. Regina Mary, offered felicitations.