Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), one of the only three institutions in the state to have been identified as the host institution for the Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) programme, kick-started its inaugural session here at the college premises on Monday.
The other two institutions which are selected under GIAN program in Karnataka are BVB Hubli and BMS College in Bengaluru. The two-week-long course on ‘Algorithms for Robot Autonomy’ was delivered by the Assistant Professor of State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo), US, Dr Karthik Dantu who, an alumnus of SJCE. The programme is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of higher education in India.
Speaking on the occasion, former Vice Chancellor, Goa University, Dr B S Sonde underlined the importance of network building in the field of education not only with the universities in India but also abroad. He said that engaging courses such as GIAN would help strengthen higher education in India and would make it more effective. Dr Sonde also stressed the need for cooperative researches with foreign universities wherein a PhD student would carry the research with multiple guides.
“It would be a great idea if students are not restricted to one guide. Having more than one guide would further enhance their knowledge. Cooperative researches with foreign universities would also help students think out of the box,” he said.
Principal, SJCE, Dr Syed Shakerb Ur Rahman, Director (Academics and Administration) Technical Institution Division, JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Dr C Ranganataiah were present.
Transformation of engineering
Pointing at the transformation of engineering since 1940, Dr Sonde said what was perceived as a practical subject then, has theory, practical and had become an outcome-based education system. He added, “The 21st century has seen a great transformation with the boom of information and technology which had entered mainstream education.”
He further said the programmes like GIAN would help students master the transformation and also help them become leaders of global economy.
Dr Sonde suggested college managements to focus on longterm courses which, he said, will largely benefit the students.
“Instead of inviting field experts for a few classes, the management can utilise services for whole semester. This way the experts can cover the whole syllabus:Dr Sonde suggested.