K.R.Srivathsan, senior professor, Indus World School of Business, New Delhi, has called for creating "Community Knowledge Services Centre (CKSC),” a system through which students, teachers, youth, and professionals in a geographic area seeking continuing education can be supported by a college.

He mooted this idea at the inauguration of the three-day national-level technical festival organised by the department of computer science and engineering at Periyar Maniammai University here on Wednesday.

Prof.Srivathsan said that a network of such CKSCs in different colleges will be connected to a district level "Centre for Community Knowledge Services" that will be set up collaboratively under an appropriate district educational authority.

The various ICT enabled services will follow a standard "Vedyadhara Community Enterprise Framework" that uses Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)-based applications so that the developments are readily shared across institutions.

Opportunities

He further said that the CKSCs would provide enormous opportunities for students to do innovative projects, make colleges and neighbourhood smarter, create jobs, enhance livelihood, and socio-economic prosperity of the region.

He said that the major lacuna in higher education system in India is that universities and colleges are largely disconnected from society. N.Ramachandran, Vice-chancellor, Periyar Maniammai University, G.Thiruselvi, assistant dean, School of Computing Science and Engineering, Periyar Maniammai University, M.Ashok Kumar, dean, academics, R.Poonguzhali, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, spoke.

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