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‘Take rural industries to higher level'

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Refresher course organised at Gandhigram Rural Institute

enhancing competitiveness: C. Thangamuthu, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, Southern Region, speaking at the Gandhigram Rural Institute on Wednesday. — PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN
enhancing competitiveness: C. Thangamuthu, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, Southern Region, speaking at the Gandhigram Rural Institute on Wednesday. — PHOTO : G. KARTHIKEYAN

Standardisation, technical improvement and enhancing competitiveness are essential to develop rural industries, said C. Thangamuthu, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, Southern Region.

Key role

He was inaugurating a refresher course on ‘Rural industries and management' at the Gandhigram Rural Institute near here on Wednesday. He said that rural industries played a key role in economy as it generated job opportunities.

Strategies

Expansion, diversification, high-end technology, transport facilities and marketing strategies like branding and advertisement were essential not only to corporate sectors but to rural industries as well. These strategies were imperative for sustainable development of the rural sector.

Moreover, the chairman discussed the issues in higher educational institutions. He said that under-qualified teachers and poor salaries were major hurdles in self-financing colleges. But 70 per cent of higher education was in their hands only.

Requirements

He pointed out that students of this generation were better informed. So teachers should be even more equipped to meet their requirements.

R. William Baskaran, Professor, Gandhigram Rural Institute, said that teachers should concentrate more on research.

Research should be done for development of rural industries, he added.

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