Director, BIT: Strengthen tech edu in rural zones
|Dr. M. K. Kowar|
Dr. M. K. Kowar, Director BIT, DURG has all praise for the country’s growth of knowledge economy. But what really bothers him is that the knowledge driven economy must be skill driven. So he suggests, “More training is required to convert the skills into technology so that India can also emerge as one of the technical giants in the globe.”
Q: What are the major issues cropping up in technical education today?
A: There is no single problem which is very acute and daunting for students pursuing technical education. There are multiple problems like mushrooming of technical institutions having lack of quality education, scarcity of qualified and effective teaching faculty.
Q: Can you suggest measures to make technical education more effective?
A: India’s technical education system can be made healthier through proper planning and executing them in a planned and phased manner. Currently, the technical education system is a sort of growth of exclusion and a growth of inclusion. Equal participation from all the sectors is required. The mentality of the stake holders need to be changed. There should be active support for fulfilling the needs of students and faculty from rural areas. Moreover a strong base at the school level is required to have a fruitful and useful technical education system.
Q: How can we solve the problem of non-employability for technical students passing out from Chhattisgarh?
A: In Chhattisgarh, the issue of non-employability is not that much severe but the problem of delayed completion of degree is more severe. The non-employability issue can be tackled through active support of the University and the industries. Also the State Government should take necessary steps to generate employment possibility in the state. A strong institute-industry interaction is required. The teaching capability of the faculty members involved in teaching students in technical education need to be improved a lot. Students entering the technical education are not focused in their objectives due to lack of awareness and proper exposure.
Q: A constant challenge for any university, is finding a good faculty. How to address this issue?
A: Scarcity of faculty is national phenomenon. Students (teachers of tomorrow) are not motivated for teaching job. Many technical educational institutions are facing acute shortage of faculty members. The situation can be somehow tackled at the local level by forming a ‘Pool of Technical Teachers’ in a particular city or locality or area. Qualified and efficient teachers can be a member of such pool and should be ready to take up assignments to teach in other colleges apart from their own college. Thus a strong positive and constructive relation must be there among the managements and teachers of the institutions. In this aspect the affiliating University can take lead role to form such Pool. Human Resource sharing is becoming inevitable to cope up with the shortage of faculty members.
Q: India is soon transforming into knowledge-economy. So where are we leading and where should be the focus?
A: Definitely, our country is being as not only knowledge driven but also skill driven one. But the unfortunate part is that we are not able to convert the skills into technology. Hence more and more trainings are required to convert the skills into technology so that India can also emerge as one of the Technical giants in the globe. Hence proper utilization, training, guidance, counseling and motivation of human resources of our country are of utmost importance.
Q: What keeps you going as the director? What’s your major focus and challenge?
A: As the head of the Institution, the major challenge being faced is to instill motivation among the teachers and the taught. And motivation can be enhanced through proper guidance, reward, training, counseling and enhancing awareness among the teachers and the taught.