Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vice-Chancellor rues poor quality of teachers

KOTTAYAM: Rajan Gurukkal, Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, has bemoaned the fall in quality of teachers, especially in the higher education sector.

Inaugurating the State conference of the All-Kerala Private College Teachers Association here on Saturday, Dr. Gurukkal said teachers had degenerated as a community unwilling to take up intellectual and cognitive encounters.

He said the higher education sector was challenged by the exponential decay in teaching standards, a cancerous administrative structure and decaying norms, in addition to the perennial demand for knowledge-generation.

He said that after several decades, Kerala now boasted decision-makers who viewed higher education sector as an area which needed more investment and a total reorientation. But those at the Centre sent confusing and contradictory signals on the changes being brought about in the sector, on account of the contradictory interests of corporatism and social justice.

V.N. Vasavan, MLA, welcomed the gathering.

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