A perspective on 21st century Technical Education and Creation of World Class Universities in India, Dr. Saraswat focused on the role of teacher in teaching the future generation of our nation.
The 3rd day of the World Technology University Congress was held at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai recently. Delegates from 28 universities across the globe participated. Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor, University of Bradford, Chair of WTUN was present along with the dignitaries of the various universities. The sessions commenced with a Board meeting followed by a talk by Dr. K. Saraswat, member of NITI Aayog, former Scientific advisor to Rashtriya Mantri, former secretary, Department of Defence, DRDO related to Higher Education to all the WTUC participants.
In his speech titled “A perspective on 21st century Technical Education and Creation of World Class Universities in India’, Dr. Saraswat focused on the role of teacher in teaching the future generation of our nation. He reminisced the teaching learning process of yester years and how it failed to inculcate creativity. He mentioned that the earlier pedagogy never focused on experimentation and rote learning was encouraged. He cautioned the teachers that failure to train the students in the right manner will ruin their career and hamper the growth of the individuals and nation.
Dr Saraswat emphasized the importance of sustainability in three categories social, economy and environment. He enlightened the need for project based teaching and inculcating the need for development of research among students to improve the quality of the institutions. The NITI Aayog member warned that any institution that does not promote research will be doomed in the near future. Dr. Saraswat advised the researchers to concentrate on topics of research that are relevant and that would benefit the society with the establishment of value creation centres. According to Dr. Saraswat ethics, passion, devotion and spirituality are the most important components that teachers should imbibe and transfer it to the student community.
Dr. Illavazhagan, Director Research, highlighted the eminent contribution by Dr. V.K. Saraswat in missile technology and his contribution towards national safety.
The third day of the WTUC concluded with a networking and lunch session followed by honouring the delegates of WTUC3, by the Management of Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science. MOU was also signed by Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director HITS and Vice Rector and President of UFRN University, Brazil.