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Warm welcome: Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Coimbatore, R.Radhakrishnan, being received by a student at the C.S.I.College of Engineering in Ketti, near Udhagamandalam, on Monday.
Warm welcome: Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Coimbatore, R.Radhakrishnan, being received by a student at the C.S.I.College of Engineering in Ketti, near Udhagamandalam, on Monday.

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Udhagamandalam: The need to encourage creativity in technical education was emphasised by the Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Coimbatore, R.Radhakrishnan, while delivering the key-note address at the two-day second national conference on ‘Emerging Technologies’ organised by the C.S.I. College of Engineering at Ketti near here on Monday.

Expressing the view that sans creativity the objectives of technical symposia could not be fully achieved, he said that the system of teaching which was in vogue now should change.

Pointing out that all the engineering colleges in the country were facing problems relating to faculty development, he said that it was just a matter of time before a number of changes were introduced on the academic front. The standard would be raised to the international level. Question papers and answer sheets would be in digital mode.

To make the system of evaluation more transparent, colleges would be permitted to correct their own answer sheets through a dual evaluation method.

Urging the students to strive to surpass the expectations of the industry, the Vice-Chancellor said that colleges should update their software and the teachers should keep pace with emerging technologies.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said the number of students entering engineering colleges was about four lakhs. Most of them were from Tamil medium schools.

Hence from the next academic year B.E. and B.Tech courses would be offered in Tamil medium.

Advocating online teaching for UG and PG courses, Mr. Radhakrishnan said that the focus of Anna University was to make students meet the requirements of the industry.

The CSI Bishop in Coimbatore, M.Dorai, presided. Principal S.J. Jeyapaulan also spoke.

The Head of Department, Computer Science and Information Technology, Ramakrishna Pillay, welcomed the gathering.

Conference coordinator Usha Ruby proposed a vote of thanks.

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