'Tech institutions should create entrepreneurs'

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 31, 2018 03:51 PM IST

VIT University Chancellor G Viswanathan giving away a trophy to a student in university campus in Vellore on Friday. IndusInd Bank Ltd chairman R Seshasayee, DXC Technology global head-delivery operations and India managing director, Samson David, VIT vice-president G V Selvam are among those present.

Vellore: Teaching methodology in technical institutions should be oriented towards creation of entrepreneurs, said IndusInd Bank Ltd chairman R Seshasayee.

He was speaking during University Day and Annual Sports Day organised by the VIT University at its campus here on Friday, where  education and sports scholarship worth Rs 12.03 crore were given to 4,187 students.

Distributing the sports scholarship, Seshasayee said technical institutions should infuse interest in students to take up research leading to new discoveries and innovations.

Samson David, senior vice-president and global head-Delivery Operations and India managing director, DXC Technology distributed educational scholarship to meritorious students.

The Chancellor's Gold Medal for 'The Best Outgoing Student' was bagged by K Rachana (Computer Science and Engineering).

Abhijeet Thakur (Mechanical Engineering) won the 'CTS Best Student Award', while Shivohum Bahuguna (Bio Technology) bagged the 'TCS Best Student Award'.

Presiding over the function and giving away various awards, VIT University Chancellor G Viswanathan who is also the president of the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI) urged the Central and State governments to consider the recommendations of the EPSI for increasing the gross enrolment ratio or GER (percentage of students admitted to higher educational institutions in relation to the number of youngsters in the relevant age group) of the country and for bringing about reforms in the education system.

Pointing out that only 3.5 crore out of the 14 crore youth in the relevant age group (24 per cent) are getting the opportunity for higher education, the Chancellor appealed to the Central and State governments to increase the number of higher educational institutions in India in order to improve the GER.

He also urged them to increase the allotment of funds for education, especially for the purpose of granting scholarship to meritorious students in order to pave the way for an improvement in the GER.

He wanted industry to support the Central and State governments in this venture. Viswanathan said that the VIT topped the higher educational institutions in India in research publications on account of the greater interest evinced by the students in research work thanks to the 'Learning Teaching Methodology' implemented in VIT.

VIT vice-president G V Selvam, Vice-Chancellor Anand A Samuel, Pro Vice-Chancellor S Narayanan and Students Welfare director Amit K Mahindrakar participated.