Dr Francis C Peter,
Vice Chancellor, Dr K N Modi University
The hour is to have a technological solution for holistic engineering practice and system
Education institutions, particularly those in engineering sector, constantly face the challenge of upgrading their infrastructure to meet global standards. But many of the technical universities and institutions are unable to bring about the requisite improvements, and they turn into sort of degree shops. The fall in quality of academic research is a direct result of the low calibre of our institutions.
The balance of economic and financial power is gradually but steadily shifting towards Asia. It is high time our educational institutions made some concerted attempts to focus on higher education. They should attempt to enhance their skill levels by developing key national and international partnership based on the synergistic power of industry, government and academia. Such partnerships will be based on academic integrity, diversity of students and faculty, enhancements of the institution’s core mission, and also on factors related to national interest. The success, of course, will depend on the physical, intellectual, and academic infrastructure that the institutions already have.
The measurable parameter is obviously the employability and productivity in terms of social relevance in meeting the national goals and objectives. The academic process should bear the burden of the scrutiny of quality, integrity, adherence to rules, regulations and time table and adhocracy of supporting infrastructure. In short, for achieving the above, we have to adopt a mandate to ensure coordinated development, through proper planning and administration.
The need of the hour is to have a technological solution for holistic engineering practice and system in place in all our institutions.