`Enhance awareness about various aspects of technology'
Udhagamandalam: A two-day seminar on `Issues and Challenges in Higher Education in the Globalised Era' organised by the Government Arts College concluded here on Tuesday.
In his address the head, Department of Educational Technology, Bharathiar University, R. Ananthasayanam, emphasized the need to enhance awareness about both the positive and negative aspects of technology.
He added that the advances made in Information Technology and Communication Technolgy have led to a knowledge revolution. The Principal, Bishop Cotton Women's Christian Law College, Bangalore Porkodi Prabhakaran, said that high priority should be accorded to empowerment of women.
Pointing out that men and women should be provided with equal opportunities in various fields, she said that rural women should be encouraged to go for higher education. Help in various forms including scholarship should be extended to them.
The Principal, Government Arts College, R. Sriramalu, said that while frequent discussions relating to higher education at various levels are of considerable importance, providing solutions to problems are more important.
Gone are the days when colleges were few and far apart. In Tamil Nadu alone there are now 670 government, aided and self-financing colleges imparting general education. There are 248 colleges providing technical education and there are 16 universities.
The head, Department of Biotechnology, Vel's College of Science, Chennai, K. Rajagopalan, said colleges should equip their students with the ability to meet the requirements of their prospective employers.
The Principal, EMEA, Training College, Mallapuram, T.P. Ahmed said that educationists should strive to lift the underprivileged sections of the society socially and economically.
The Reader in Psychology, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education, Coimbatore V. Shanmugaganesan said that education should be value based and students should imbibe leadership qualities.
The Former Director, Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore, A.William Jebadhas, also spoke. The Convener, Clara G. Sargunar proposed a vote of thanks.