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SOUVENIR RELEASE: Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudy (left) releasing a souvenir at the 16th State Conference of the Tamilnadu Government Collegiate Teachers' Association at Coimbatore on Friday. Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N.Palanisamy is receiving the first copy.
SOUVENIR RELEASE: Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudy (left) releasing a souvenir at the 16th State Conference of the Tamilnadu Government Collegiate Teachers' Association at Coimbatore on Friday. Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N.Palanisamy is receiving the first copy.

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Ponmudy urges teachers to adopt new methods of teaching

COIMBATORE: All the government colleges will adopt shift system from next academic year, Minister for Higher Education K. Ponmudy said here on Friday.

Addressing the 16th State conference of the Tamil Nadu Government Collegiate Teachers' Association, he urged teachers to constantly update their knowledge.

"There are model teachers in government colleges. But, they should adopt new teaching methods and make use of computers and audio-visual aids. Teachers' associations should not only give importance to the demands of the teachers, but also take note of the areas where they are lacking in and give them training. In-service training should be conducted for teachers for a month at least once a year," Dr. Ponmudy said.

Training for teachers

He urged teachers not only to think of their unfulfilled demands, but also evolve ways of giving their best to students in their care. The 3,000 college teachers, who had been selected for appointment, would be given a month's training before they joined duty. This was to ensure that they performed well.

Minister for Rural Industries Pongalur N. Palanisamy said though the education system had its pitfalls, teachers were successful in producing graduates who were able to make a name for themselves not only in India but also abroad. He sought the Government's intervention in restructuring of the system so as to benefit students. He hoped that all colleges would have enough computers to enable students to get hands-on training.

State Higher Education Secretary K. Ganesan said the Government was working towards increasing the percentage of higher education institutions in the country to 25.

"Government alone cannot achieve this. Private players are doing their part in helping to churn out a large number of graduates.

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