‘Political will needed to improve technical education in State’

‘Political will needed to improve  technical education in State’
Minister Temjen Imna Along along with the attendees of the 4th Regional Workshop on Technical Education System for North Eastern States at Hotel Vivor Kohima on April 9, 2018.

Kohima, April 9: Nagaland Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along today said the Government of Nagaland is willing to provide the political will towards improving the technical education system in the State. He, however, called upon the directors and principals of technical institutes in the State to create awareness among the political leaders.
Gracing the valedictory function of 4th regional workshop on technical education for North Eastern States Monday at Hotel Vivor here, Temjen Imna Along maintained that while there is requirement of political will, the students in the institutes should also be made to understand that the faculty is concerned for them. He said the technical education department has the responsibility of moulding the youngsters to become nation builders through their skills.
In this, the Minister said that the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Human resource Development should conduct research towards finding programmes applicable in the respective North Eastern states.
“We have to look for practical change, while focus should be towards usage of biodegradable products,” the minister said.
In Nagaland context, Along said the State has young work force not very well qualified as there are scores of classes 8-9 drop-outs and the need of the hour is to harness this into strength through technical education.
In this, the minister suggested that technical education department should be practical and there should not be any criteria for attaining technical education. The students should be given practical classes, lest we will have people with mere educational certificates but without the confidence of indulging in practical works, he said.
Meanwhile the 3-day long 4th regional workshop on technical education system today recommended the feasibility study for establishment of new polytechnics and for introducing new programme in existing polytechnics in the region.
The workshop agreed that principals of all North Eastern states have accepted that accreditation by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is highly required for quality assurance of polytechnic education while also approving that National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) Kolkata may assess and monitor the documentation process for NBA.
It also approved feasibility study for establishment of new polytechnics and for introducing new programme in existing polytechnics. Further, the workshop also pointed out the feasibility study to introduce new programme in existing polytechnics is needed and therefore NITTTR Kolkata may do the needful based on the request of the respective states.
On the recommendations of principals of some polytechnics to provide skill based training programme for faculty members and technical staffs, NITTTR Kolkata decided to include more skill components in their training programme as and when required.
On the role of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) in enhancing polytechnic education system in North Eastern States, the workshop felt that AICTE – North East Quality Improvement Programme should be continued and expanded for at least two more years. It was also suggested that at least one executive meeting with AICTE at Kolkata for only polytechnics of North Eastern states should be conducted. NITTTR Kolkata should take up the matter with AICTE.
Observing that due to insufficient infrastructure in polytechnics, students are not getting proper exposure in skill based training, the workshop suggested that internship programme may be arranged at nearby NITs. NITTTR Kolkata may provide necessary support through union Ministry of Human resource Development, it was suggested.
On the long term contractual faculty recruitment through Union MHRD for North Eastern States, it was felt that since there is a shortage of faculty in many polytechnics affecting the regular academic activities. Based on the success story of Bihar, the workshop felt that similar process for recruiting long term contractual faculty may be proposed through MHRD till regular recruitment process is done.
In this the workshop recommended NITTTR Kolkata to approach MHRD for common contractual faculty recruitment for polytechnic of North Eastern states.
The three-day workshop also agreed for course files and laboratory manual development for various diploma programmes. NITTTR Kolkata was asked to initiate the matter with respective polytechnics on the request of respective DTEs of Eastern states.
On internet connectivity through satellite communication for North Eastern States, the workshop felt that AICTE has recommended various SHWYAM MOOC based courses for faculty development, but it observed that poor internet connectivity affected significantly to access online courses.
To enable the institutes to adapt training through ICT mode, the house recommended NITTTR Kolkata to submit a project proposal to Union MHRD for providing internet connectivity through satellite communication to all polytechnics of North Eastern states.
The workshop also accepted the suggestion by the Joint Secretary of higher education, Union MHRD that principals of respective polytechnics should contact with Board of Practical Training and Board of Apprentice Training (BOPT/BOAT) for apprenticeship programme of diploma passout students to provide industry exposure. NITTTR Kolkata have been asked to provide necessary guidance to respective polytechnics on request.
The recommendation of the workshop was read out by the Director of NITTTR Prof. Subroto Mondal.
Workshop coordinator from NITTR Kolkata, Prof. Samiran Mandal tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)