September 21, 2015

bput-logoOdisha Channel Bureau Bhubaneswar: A workshop on `Roadmap on technical education in Odisha: Present and future perspectives’, organised by the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.Those who addressed the inaugural session of the workshop opined that the technical education policy enacted in the past needs a re-visit to encompass the modifications in order to facilitate the technical education system of Odisha.BPUT authorities are now in the process of bringing out a document on next 10 years of technical education systems of the university.The deliberations of the brain storming workshop with inputs from Chairman, AICTE; Member Secretary, QCI and high officials from industry and academia will lead to a road map for the technical education system of the state for coming 10 years.The recommendations of this workshop would be given due consideration in the Policy document of the state to shape the technical education.In his address, Patnaik said that there should be continuous innovation in the process and content of learning, and 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,” he added.The Chief Minister further said that 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.”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, Patnaik added.

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