Economic, technological development correlated to higher education: CM

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BHUBANESWAR, SEPT 21: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday said that global economic and technological development is highly correlated to higher technical education.
The last hundred years have generated huge knowledge data and value addition in a continuous process and the students must acquire the skills with which they find a way through the ocean of knowledge that we have created, and continue with lifelong learning, the Chief Minister said while addressing a session on “Present & Future Perspectives of Technical Education” organized by the Biju Patnaik University of Technology.
He said, “Technology has made education easy but competitive. If we do not harness our current opportunity and go ahead with perspectives of future, we will lag behind.”
Patnaik said that a good educational model is always essential to ensure that students grow to contribute towards the development process.
There should be continuous innovation in the process and content of learning, he said adding education system can no longer remain grounded in theory. Research, enquiry, creativity, innovation, techno-savvy approach, entrepreneurship and adaptation to contemporary developments are ingredients necessary for technical education.
The Chief Minister said economic globalisation, technological innovation, industry-ready requirements and national policies are redefining knowledge and skill expectation in the present scenario.
The changing scenario in the labour market, globalisation of jobs and international recognition of certification has required us to revisit our present strategies in technical education, he added.
With fast industrialisation and globalisation, the engineering and professional segments need to be treated differently to cater to the need for quality and skilled manpower, Patnaik said and added along with quality faculty in technical education, the universities should take expeditious steps for revision of curriculum and syllabus with thrust on soft skill development, industry exposure and inter disciplinary studies.
“Special care should be taken for encouraging Research and Development activities in the institution to suit to needs of industry. The curriculum should also adhere to the non-negotiable academic calendar,” he said.
Speaking about the State Government initiatives, he said it has taken many initiatives in the recent past to integrate formal and non-formal education sectors.
Initiatives have been taken to define the skills relevant to industry requirements in order to address the emerging issues of employable technical manpower, the Chief Minister.
The State is aiming at providing the best technical knowledge and skill to its youth to compete in global scenario, Patnaik said adding the future technical education should focus on competency based learning, higher order reasoning, outcome based education, employable technical skill, work attitude, ethical practice, industry recognised credentials and other relevant issues.

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