Chilly winter afternoon witnesses a hot deliberation

UPTU WATCH in association with BN College of Engineering & Technology, Near Bakshi ka Talab organized a half day interaction with the Principals of the
prominent Senior Secondary Schools of Lucknow.

Online PR News – 07-January-2011 – – Lucknow, January 5th, 2011: UPTU WATCH in association with BN College of
Engineering & Technology, Near Bakshi ka Talab organized a half day interaction with the Principals of the prominent Senior Secondary Schools of Lucknow. Braving the chilly afternoon, only a limited number of people could make it to the event. Nevertheless, the deliberations came out be quite illumining.

Prof. Kripa Shanker, Vice Chancellor, Gautam Buddha Technical University in his characteristic humor made upto the occasion by commenting that, “The course of history is changed only by a handful of individuals. It’s heartening that at least the handful of people could brave out the chilly afternoon.”

Mr. Rakesh Mittal, Chief Coordinator, Kabir Peace Mission set out the agenda of the deliberation by putting forth the plausible reason for the declining interest in Engineering Education amidst the students. “There is an acute absence of an ideal in front of a young man. Recollecting the motto of his alma mater, IIT Roorkee ‘Shramam Vina Na Kimapi Saadhyam’ (Nothing is possible without hard work, he said that the ideal for hard work is somewhere missing in our entire culture. Quoting the
statistics of Gross Enrollment Ratios, that this development is quite disturbing and needs the concern of one and all. There are a lot of disconnects which need to be plugged in to cater to this increasing challenge. The vision and ideals of technical education need to be backed up by a set of firm values in order to make a long lasting impact”, Mr. Mittal commented. “The onus of reinstating the fabric of values would lie to a large extent on the academia as they have the prerogative to nurture the next generation”, Mr. Mittal added.

Mr. Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Secretary UP IAS Association and Member Judicial, Board of Revenue reiterated the need to add meaning and relevance to the technomanagerial education to make it more attractive to young minds. He said that “Young minds are attracted by challenges. The current state of higher education doesn’t challenge their wits to a large extent. If the students get to see the implementation of their projects in their nearby vicinity, they would be more than motivated to extend themselves and create an ecosystem of excellence”. Mr. Reddy expressed the commitment of Uttar Pradesh IAS Association to synergize technomanagerial education with local area development by engaging as many technomanagerial students studying in their pre final year and final year with the various developmental projects of the various departments of Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Prof. Kripa Shanker, Vice Chancellor, GBTU expressed his commitment for institutionalizing the value framework in the University curriculum as well as to carve out mechanisms whereby innovative internships & projects interlinking the entire educational value chain & from senior secondary schools on one end and industry & developmental agencies on the other end can be experimented and implemented. He reiterated the pro active involvement of all the stakeholders of private technomanagerial educational institutions – the owners, the academic administrators, the faculty members and most importantly the students. He stressed a great deal on the involvement of the alumni in the development of both engineering colleges as well as that of senior secondary schools.

Mr. Jitendra Kumar, Secretary, Secondary Education could not make it to the event because of an urgent meeting with the Minister, Technical Education.

Dr. Upama Misra, Director, BNCET came forward to make her college as the nodal center for the College School interactions whereby the students of class 11th and 12th can come over and expose themselves of the nuances of engineering education. She said that the faculty members of BNCET would certainly provide the leadership by offering counselling and mentoring sessions to the interested students and faculty members of senior secondary schools.

Mr. Raghav Mittal, Editor of UPTU WATCH conducted the entire session and expressed the
commitment of UPTU WATCH to link up the 10,000 odd senior secondary schools across Uttar Pradesh with the various other stakeholders of Technical Education through their multifarious activities. A Counselors’ Network of the faculty members of the various Engineering Colleges is being be created which would educate and make the prospective students aware about the prospects.

The next School Connect Programme has been planned at Mathura on the 9th of this month where the Vice Chancellor of Mahamaya Technical University Prof. S K Kak would be Chief Guest.

Promoted by a group of IIT and UPTU graduates, UPTU WATCH envisions making the technomanagers from Uttar Pradesh – the brand ambassadors of the state – the way IITians have become for India. UPTU WATCH through its School Connect Programme is trying to rekindle the interest and attraction for technical education amongst the students at large. Similar programmes have been lined up in various cities/towns of Uttar Pradesh in the forthcoming months.