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Using Digital Technologies to Improve Academic Results

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Poonam Sharma, Group Director, Accurate Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida, in conversation with Sheena Joseph Cherian on digital technologies in engineering education. Excerpts:

What are your views on use of digital technologies in engineering institutions?

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Digital technologies provide professors with a sense of ownership and motivation as they create their own lecture, add/edit content. Such technologies are of great help in illustrating concepts and reinforcing skills, facts and ideas effectively thus creating an enhanced classroom experience. An effective use also improves the academic results of the institution. It is also helpful in positioning the institution as technology-forward institution with state-of-the art infrastructure.

What are the digital technologies already deployed in the institute?

We have designed programmes, which equip professors with skills to integrate technology into the curriculum and customise their classroom lessons. A ceiling mounted projector, along with an interactive device is installed in classroom, with a CPU equipped with digital content and audiovisual resources. By utilising digital technology inter alia faculty members are able to do the following:

  • Share content with other teacher.
  • Add / edit content.
  • Create question papers.

New digital teaching tools you are planning to deploy in future. We are in the process of introducing complete digital set up in all areas of activities including Lab, Library, Classroom teaching, monitoring of attendance, evaluation system, etc.

Tell us about the practices in engineering education being followed at the institute.

With India becoming one of the fastest growing economies in the globe, the demand for industrially and technically skilled professionals is increasing. There are various practices we are following like, renowned faculty members, advance
labs, industrial visits, brain storming sessions, case based study etc.

Please share your vision for future.

Accurate has a vision to produce students who have knowledge comparable to the top Institutes of the Country. Our motto remains to impart vibrant, comprehensive and innovative learning to our students enabling them to be technocrats, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders with strong cultural values and to provide an ideal teaching environment and ambience to develop their skills to meet the challenges of the global environment”. Our future plans include sponsored research and consultancies for private, public and government undertakings, patents, technology transfer and TBIU (Technology Business Incubation Units).

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