Lack of Innovation in Teaching

Lack of Innovation in Teaching

Lack of innovation in teaching has left us with a mismatch between the demand and supply of qualified manpower in the country, said Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University (BU) Prof G Thiruvasagam here on Wednesday.

Speaking during the pre-entry training program for newly recruited government college teachers at the BU, the V-C said the students who pass out of college are not able to land jobs as their education has not equipped them with the skills necessary for the industry.

“Out of the 30 lakh students who pass out of colleges in India, only 10 percent are able to get jobs” he pointed out adding that 0.49 percentage of the GDP was allocated for higher education without any positive outcome.

According to him, teachers are reluctant to come out of the conventional teaching method.

Referring to a survey to find out the best institution, the V-C said that 75 percent of the onus was upon the teachers as curriculum, skill development and placement decide the best institution, while only 25 percent was decided by the infrastructure and faculty recruitment.

“Curriculum and effective teaching are must to make students employable,” he said. Globalisation too had put forth challenges in higher education. The tampering of student motivation and continuous unrest among students were also reasons for unemployment.

Briefing on the training, he said only training could ensure effective teaching.

Students in colleges should be provided opportunity for creative thinking and teachers should allow students to interact.

Students should become communicative and be able to speak English.

“Teachers should set an example by speaking in English both inside and outside the campus,” he said.

Prof Nalini Ravindran, Director of Collegiate Education, said that improving higher education is a significant step in the economic development of the country.

“The teachers should ensure that the students become autonomous learners and inculcate in them an inquisitive spirit and self-confidence to face life,” she pointed out.

A teacher should facilitate students to creativity and innovation, develop the capacity for leadership and shape one’s dreams.

The need for the 21st century teacher is to go beyond the syllabus and classroom to train and prepare the student to face challenges of new millenium.

Moreover, the teacher have to fill the vacuum created by the absence of motivation at the family level as in the case of most first generation students, she said.

The training program, which would go for 28 days, was organised by Tamil Nadu Council for Higher Education and the UGC- Academic Staff College of the Bharathiar University.

Similar programmes are simultaneously going on at the Madras University in Chennai, Bharathidasan University in Tiruchy and Madurai Kamaraj University.

Nearly 1,000 newly recruited teachers are undergoing training.

Out of the 30 lakh students who pass out of colleges in India, only 10 percent are able to get jobs’