Stress on teaching with a Human Touch
Class room teaching should be with a human touch and good teachers play a more important role in teaching than technology which can be a good servant but a bad master, Parasuramam Ramani, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, and Director, Centre for Higher Learning and Research, PRIST University, has said.
Inaugurating a one-day colloquium on “Teaching English in technological society- the challenges,” organised at St. Joseph’s College for Women on behalf of Internal Quality Assessment Cell (IQAC) on Wednesday, he emphasised the importance of English that gave an edge to Indians over the other Asian countries, notably China.
He recalled the passing of Vedic knowledge from generation to generation without any distortion and said the commitment of the teacher was of utmost importance. He stressed the importance of mother tongue in the learning process.
Prof. Ramani who spoke on “Pedagogic aspects of teaching the English Language,” emphasised the usefulness of technology in updating knowledge.
Andhra University English Professor and former Vice-Chancellor of Adikavi Nannya University K. Nirupa Rani who gave the key note address spoke on the role of culture, ethics and thinking in improving language rather than merely depending upon technology which was a mere tool.
Resource Person and Head of the Department of English of the college Nalini Dutta elaborated on “Effective strategies for teaching English,” while another professor of the college, S. Indira, conducted a discussion on “Curriculum planning, teaching and evaluation techniques.”
IQAC Chairperson and college Principal N.D. Veronica, colloquium Co-ordinator P.S. Annapurna, Head of the Department of French and IQAC Member Jeevan Babu participated.
The chief guest for the valedictory session was former Principal of Dr. V.S. Krishna College S. Atchutaramam. P.K. Jayalakshmi proposed a vote of thanks.