VTU is laying Emphasis on R&D with Thrust on Quality

Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University M. Maheshappa has said that the VTU is laying emphasis on research and development activities with thrust on quality.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on “Qt. Internals for Nokia hand-held devises” in the city on Monday.

The weeklong workshop is being held at JSS Centre for Management Studies, JSS Technological Institute campus, in association with Nokia.

Dr. Maheshappa said rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems were in place to improve the quality of research and the VTU e-Learning Centre was playing an active role in getting external funding from mobile giant Nokia.

He said this was for the first time a multinational company had come forward to introduce its research in the VTU systems.

“Motivated by the commitment and quality of research from the e-Learning Centre, Nokia has hinted at establishing VTU-Nokia laboratories with additional funding,” Dr. Maheshappa added.

The workshop is aimed at providing practical ways for implementing the ideas directly on Nokia hand-held devices.

Dr. Maheshappa said the nature of information technology and information age was such that technologies reckoned to be advanced were becoming obsolete as new ways were being evolved and developed to meet the needs of the industry and academia.

He said the issue of access to information was of special interest to education systems especially in the rural areas.

Distance education technologies could help rural-based institutions to overcome the disadvantages of geographical isolation.

Delving on the importance accorded to research by the VTU, Dr. Maheshappa said the university had granted research centre status for 79 institutions affiliated to it and more than 1,000 scholars were engaged in research at these centres for their masters and doctoral programmes.

He said the VTU had introduced a research portal recently which serves as a single window for a wide-variety of information which a research scholar would need.

Suresh Chande, principal member of Research Staff, Nokia, Finland; Kirill Krinkin, professor, St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, Russia; B.G. Sangameshwara, principal, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering; K. Chidananda Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, were among those present.

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