Union HRD minister Pallam Raju while inaugurating the new regional office of All India Council for Technical Education in Kerala on 30 December spoke that the quality of technical education must be upgraded all over the country and students must receive practical and skill training to be prepared to serve the requirements of the industries.
On the inaugural event, Pallam Raju added that though the numbers of engineering students passing each year are fairly enough, yet major chunk of those graduates do not possess ‘industry-ready’ skills, that are much needed to meet the demands expected by the industries and their employees. Furthermore, he spoke that the technical education sector in India is growing and developing and is one of the largest technical education sectors of the globe, yet “the quality factor in students skills is missing”.
Consideration must be put together and parameters should be laid, in order to produce more quality students as well as the teaching faculty in the technical education sector. In addition, the educational institutes and polytechnic colleges belonging to rural, backward and unprivileged areas must be focused upon as they themselves may not be capable of meeting the strict requirements laid by AICTE, told Raju.
The AICTE was searching for more industry players to come forward and associate with AICTE to teach and provide the technical graduates with skill training and make them more refined and ready for the recruiter’s expectations.
Dearth of quality practical training is a drawback on the part of technical education system, said Raju, He also informed that AICTE latelyjoined hands with BSNL for the project of practical and skill training.
Union minister of Kerala for HRD, Shashi Tharoor also put his opinion that a collaboration of academia and industry must be stimulated to advancethe mission of quality technical education.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and AICTE chairman Dr S S Mantha were also present in the inaugural function of the new regional office of AICTE, set up at Sreekaryam, Kerala.