GIAN kick-starts at SJCE

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.

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