Meet on educational technology ends

The four-day International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E) at Amrita University concluded on Tuesday with delegates from top institutions in the country and abroad agreeing to leverage educational technology in a more effective manner to address some of the basic issues in education.

The delegates recommended that a pilot project be started on customised inter-disciplinary programmes. This could be done in consultation with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

They also suggested a pilot project for tracking the interests and talents of students in schools, so that they could be guided towards appropriate branches in higher education, vocational training, and other fields.

Eminent educationists were invited to discuss ways of facilitating the sharing of this technology for the benefit of educational institutions.

B. Ashok, Vice Chancellor, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, said Amrita University was a pioneer in educational technology, and universities in the State had much to gain from the work of Amrita University.

The delegates met Mata Amritanandamayi, who was instrumental in launching e-learning research and development projects at the university in 2004. She told the delegates that “e-learning brings significant benefits to students in Indian schools, colleges, universities, and vocational centres. Many institutions are facing shortage of qualified teachers, particularly in rural areas, and e-learning can help fill the gap.”

Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita University; S.V. Raghavan, Chief Architect of India’s National Knowledge Network; Babu Sebastian, Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University; and P.K. Sudhir, Controller of Examinations, Kerala University of Health Sciences, addressed the valedictory session.

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