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Call to enhance ability of academic community

Sharing his views: Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed inaugurating an international conference on ‘Global trends in engineering education’ organised by the TKM College of Engineering in Kollam on Saturday.

Sharing his views: Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed inaugurating an international conference on ‘Global trends in engineering education’ organised by the TKM College of Engineering in Kollam on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

Conference will help understand various issues: Ahamed

KOLLAM: Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed has said that quality inputs should be imparted to engineering students for their all-round development.

He was inaugurating an international conference on ‘Global trends in engineering education’ here on Saturday organised in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of the TKM College of Engineering.

Mr. Ahamed said engineering education should be evolved to cover broader aspects and enhance specialisation to produce engineering managers.

Emphasis should be on understanding the developments in biotechnology and bioengineering.

This, he said, would help enhance the quality of life by addressing the engineering aspects of health care issues and nanotechnology and linking it with the Information Technology sectors.

He said the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the technology education system should be analysed in view of the global trends.

Mr. Ahamed urged engineers to delve into the Indian scenario, including the challenges presented by the digital divide.

“We have to enhance the ability of our academic community to attract, interact and integrate the integration of any nationality seamlessly,” he said.

Information revolution

The world is shrinking due to information revolution. The Minister said the conference would help understand the issues, dwell upon opportunities offered by technological developments on the one hand and the implications of globalisation on the other hand.

He lauded the contributions of Thangal Kunju Musaliar, founder the college, in the field of higher education.

Chairman of the TKM Trust Shahal Hassan Musaliar presided over the programme.

Chairperson of the Association of Commonwealth Universities K. Mohandas delivered the keynote address.

Global trends

Dr. Mohandas said various disciplines should be brought together.

“This aspect is being realised across the world. Compartmentalisation is not the way to progress in the 21st century,” he said.

Dr. Mohandas said India was now emerging as a giant in many respects.

“We need to prepare the younger generation to meet the challenges of the globalisation world.”

Principal M.C. Philipose welcomed the gathering and organising secretary of the conference S. Suresh Babu proposed the vote of thanks.

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