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The New Indian Express | Express News Service | 12th October 2015 |
KTU Vice-Chancellor Kuncheria P Isaac interacting with engineering students during ‘Meet the VC’ conferences being held by the University

KTU Vice-Chancellor Kuncheria P Isaac interacting with engineering students during ‘Meet the VC’ conferences being held by the University

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: ‘Meet The VC’ student conference – a novel initiative of Kerala Technological University (KTU) for direct interaction between students and the university top brass – has stressed the need for moulding engineering education according to industry demands and creating an ecosystem conducive for the growth of entrepreneurship culture in the state. KTU began organising the conferences region-wise to make it more convenient for the student community to participate in the interactions. The first such conference was held in Thiruvananthapuram on September 19 for students from Kollam, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram districts.The second conference at Government Engineering College Thrissur saw the participation of students from Thrissur, Ernakulam and Palakkad districts. The third conference was held in Kottayam on October 10. The meet for the Malabar region is scheduled to be held at Government Engineering College, Kozhikode, on October 17.

This is the first time that the students in the state are getting an opportunity to interact directly with the Vice-Chancellor and his team to share their ideas and suggestions. “The aim of such meetings is to improve the technical education scenario of the state and mould skilled youth. We need to empower the youth with skill which promote knowledge and meaningful employment,” said KTU Vice-Chancellor Dr Kuncheria P Isaac said. The students interacted with the university’s top officials on the new changes introduced by KTU. They also put forward their suggestions such as the importance of giving ample opportunity for arts and sports. The VC and his team made it clear that KTUs’ focus will be on creating an ecosystem conducive for the growth of entrepreneurship culture in the state. Financial assistance of `two lakh will be provided to each institution to set up start-ups. KTU has also put forward four different models to encourage the start-up ideas.“We are confident that such interactions will significantly contribute towards building up a skilled state. We will continue to meet the students at least once in a year to get their feedback about the system and address genuine concerns,” said Pro-Vice-Chancellor  M Abdul Rahman. Emeritus Professor of IIT Chennai V Radhakrishnan, who is the academic advisor of KTU, is the brain behind the new changes introduced in the field of engineering education. – Courtesy


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