Teachers need to ask themselves whether they are really able to inspire students to take up a career in their respective field or not, opined Pro Vice-Chancellor Kannur University, Kerala, Prof T Asokan on Monday.
He was speaking at the valedictory function of refresher course in Commerce and Management organised for college and university assistant professors on the thrust area ‘Global trends in Business Education’ at Human Resource Development Centre, in city.
He said that the Indian education system has been able to produce executives so far. Now, in the 21st century, it is the responsibility of the teachers to motivate students to be entrepreneurs rather than just being executives. Highlighting the fact, he said that the subject of commerce evolved 140 years ago and from then there has been various changes. Earlier, the emphasis was on professional skills, but in recent time’s marks was also made criteria during recruitments. However, I see we are not too far from the days where degree is delinked from recruitment process because industries need people who disseminate, assimilate and execute and not mere rank holders.
Further Asokan called upon the teachers to keep inspiring students and help them become creators. “A teacher rather than just disseminating information should also guide students to go for alternatives, innovation and create products which are useful to the farmer community and people across the world. It is unfortunate that very few educational institutions have been able to impart quality education, so every institution should aim at being one like them. To make these possible, teachers need to ask themselves whether they are really able to inspire students to take up a career in their respective field especially in a subject like commerce which help to produce great entrepreneurs, because the future belongs to them,” he added.
UGC Human Resource Development Centre Director Prof Lingaraja Gandhi, Dean Faculty of Commerce and Management Prof Yashavantha Dongre, Finance Officer Prof B Mahadevappa, Department of Studies in Commerce Chairman Dr B Nagaraj and Course Coordinator Dr N Nagaraj were present.