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Monday, February 20, 2006

The Comedy Continues

Just like most of you, I have also decided not to take Anna University Vice Chancellor’s sermons seriously. He continues his attack on the student community by stating that the engineering students lack basic skills and knowledge.

Excessive use of mobile phone, indulgence in cinema and television are distracting today's youth upon whom the country's future lay and President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam had reposed faith in transforming India into a developed nation by 2020, D. Viswanathan, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, has said.

Jobs were aplenty but engineering graduates were not competent, lacking in the basics of core subjects and application of knowledge as well as in communication skills, he said and pointed out that five lakh jobs were lying vacant in manufacturing and software companies.

That trend could be arrested with the intervention of parents and teachers, he said. "Parents' role is important. When their wards are in school the parents monitored their progress but once the children entered the college the parents seldom paid attention to their children." He advised the parents to do "good monitoring" of their children till they graduated.

Calling upon students to reorient their priorities, he told them that the burden of blame lay on their shoulders if they failed to perform. "Students are responsible for their own failures."


Isn’t it part of his duty to ensure that the students walk out of campuses fully equipped to face the outside world? Apart from the dress code, ban on cellphones and the ban on film-related events in culturals, what else is he doing to improve the standards in the university? If it all boils down to student discipline and enforcement of rules, we might as well appoint a cop to head the university rather than having an academician.

12 Comments:

  • sounds really bad... it does..
    how ignorant can some ppl be?

    By Blogger revatechnic, at 11:24 AM  

  • Kaps,
    I agree that dress codes and other code of conducts alone will not bring any changes. They should be accompanied with instilling a sense of purpose.
    Would like to add another point: I'm currently managing a team made of only freshers. I don't believe in restrictions, but honestly I find it difficult to get their full attention with so many distractions - email, net, cell phone and so on. If I become impatient or irritated, I might jump to restrictions.

    By Blogger Joseph, at 12:18 PM  

  • well said dude. Appo neenga edhukku V.C sir.

    By Blogger REFLEX, at 12:27 PM  

  • @Reva,
    It's not a question of ignorance...it is more about his stupidity.

    @Joseph,
    It does get a bit irritating if people start getting calls during meetings. However new technologies keep coming up from time to time and it is better everyone learns to give importance to the new gadget as against getting addicted to it. Restricting use of mobile during working hours might not go down well with the employees. However the employees need to be made aware that they can use these stuff as long as work is not hampered.

    @Reflex,
    good question.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 2:29 PM  

  • If he is incapable of ensuring that people are acquiring skills(god knows what skills he is talking about...neway what is taught in college is never used) before they pass out, then he should probably tighten his admission procedures and ensure that only those who are capable of picking up the "skills" are admitted ...and maybe make the course more rigorous...but then would that mean that only Anna Univ exists in entire TN and none of the other colleges? and would that mean that number of engineers coming out every year in the state would be just a few hundred?

    By Blogger redrajesh, at 6:14 PM  

  • Castrating the VC might work

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at 9:52 PM  

  • and we have the Shiv Sena in Mumbai http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=170019 who vandalise Valentine bashes and molest girls under the guise of moral policing. Makes me wonder where we are heading to? the 18th century?

    By Blogger Sangeeta, at 11:15 PM  

  • "students walk out of campuses fully equipped to face the outside world"....by changing the dress code, banning cellphones, ban on fashion shows and film related events in culturals; is he equipping the students for the onset of the 17th century?.....what an oxymoron....

    By Blogger the wannabe indian punkster, at 12:41 AM  

  • Its sad but true...

    I am a first year engg student in kerala..Teachers here go much importance to getting marks and doing well in university exmas rather than actually knowing the subject or trade...communication skills andother soft skills are lacking tooo in the students...i don give a shit about my marks but unless i pass 1st year..i cant proceed and learn 3rd sem where they teach computer scince(my trade) and what i am good at.

    everyone is taking engg coz they are sure that they will get a job after that not because they are really interested or are having the aptitude...there as it seems in first year no difference between 1st year engg and 12 th standard..college is just an extension of school...

    talk to any engg student and they will tell that they hate engg..otherwise he is not normal..

    i talked to an MTech student who graduated some 8 years ago and asked how is the teaching here...he told that ..they are not teaching any mTech or doing Masters program but preparing foro the M.Tech exam..

    This should change or the situation will get more pathetic..

    By Anonymous Joseph, at 3:08 PM  

  • @Redrajesh,
    The admission procedures are so tight that only the best of the best can get into Anna Univ. So he should concentrate on improving the learning process to a knowledge-oriented one rather than an exam-oriented one.

    @Bala (Karthik),
    Do you wanna give it a shot?

    @Sangeeta,
    They provide lot of content to our media. can you imagine how boring our media would be without these jokers?

    @Megha,
    anyway cellphones, TV & cinema wouldn't have existed in 17th century....the VC would be the sole source of entertainment.

    @Joseph,
    Thanks for dropping by! As stated in my reply to Redrajesh, I would be more than happy if he spends even a small percentage of his time on developing a knowledge-oriented attitude as against the marks-oriented / exam-oriented approach that is prevalent in most of the colleges today.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:46 PM  

  • Kaps,
    LOL :)
    As always i delegate the task to someone else. Maybe the chancellor himself!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at 7:49 PM  

  • really well said.

    our society has turned to mock condescension on "oh the kids these days! ... uff!" as if the current generation has jumped from the trees. seems to be primary route for escapism.

    The idea of teacher is moulded in these people's conscience as the person who wears formal dresses and enters the class room with an air of authority expecting every one to rise with a 'hail teacher' salute.

    By Anonymous bharath, at 7:19 AM  

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