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JC Bose was entitled to three Nobel Prizes, but, unfortunately did not get any : AICTE Chairman

Chandigarh  ( India News Front ) ,  30 November:

 The Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe  said that Jagadish Chandra Bose was the first scholar in the world to initiate interdisciplinary research, and today in the New Education Policy, emphasis is being given on interdisciplinary research that proves JC Bose was way ahead of his era and was entitled to three Nobel Prizes, but, unfortunately did not get any. He said that the biography of great Indian scientists should become a part of curriculum so as to aware the young generation about the greatness of our scientists like JC Bose, SN Bose and CV Raman rather than teaching them only about the greatness of other foreign scientists.

The AICTE Chairman was speaking  at a function  on the occasion of unveiling ceremony of  the bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose at J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad on his 162nd birth anniversary and also  inaugurated the newly built Multistoried Building of Community College of Skill Development (CCSD) in the University premises.

Prof. Sahasrabudhe was key-note speaker in the inaugural session of International Conference on IoT which was organized to mark the occasion. The National Organizing Secretary of Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) Mr. Jayant Sahasrabudhe was guest of the honour and the program presided over by Prof. Dinesh Kumar. Prof. Sahasrabudhe also inaugurated Skill and Personality Development Centre and planted a sapling in the University premises.

The brass metal bust of Jagadish Chandra Bose with inscription of his scientific contribution has been installed in front of the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat. It may be noted that the University was named after this great scientist in the year 2018 by the State Government to recognise his achievements in the field of Modern Science.

The newly built multi-storey building of Community College of Skill Development (CCSD) has been constructed at a cost of over Rs. 3.75 Crore on more than 1600 sq. ft area which include 12 classrooms, three labs and one conference hall. The building would cater to the need of ongoing courses of CCSD, and new laboratories of Civil Engineering would also be developed on the ground floor of this building.

Speaking on this occasion, AICTE Chairman Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that J.C. Bose University is the only institute of higher learning after Bose Institute in Kolkata, famously known as Basu Bigyan Mandir, which has been named after a prominent Indian Scientist and that too in Haryana. The credit goes to the State Government and the management of this University, he added.

Expressing pleasure over the expansion plan of the University, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that the University should introduce more courses from the humanities side in its new campus.

Earlier, Prof. Sahasrabudhe also took a round of the University premises and inspected the facilities provided by the University. He appreciated the initiative taken by the University for the Promotion of digital learning, especially Digital Learning Management System (DLMS) developed by the University. Further, he advocated the need of creating a common platform for collection of data on ‘One Nation, One Nation’ concept, he said that there is a need to develop a portal for collecting information of faculties, students and other parameters of higher education in the country. The data so collected should be sufficient enough to generate report on different parameters necessary for authorities like AICTE, NBA, UGC, NAAC and TEQIP. He asked the University to share its expertise to develop the Data Management System for AICTE.

Emphasising on improving the quality of teaching and learning, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that at present, higher education faculty just needs a Ph.D. Whereas they do not have any pedagogical training and many technical educators lack the ability to train students efficiently, therefore, AICTE has developed a mandatory eight-module teacher certification programme. All engineering faculty and aspirants may soon have to undergo this program and the certificate would be mandatory for existing faculty as well as to apply for promotion, he added.

The modules include passion for teaching, creating new curriculum, using Information and Communication Technology, classroom interaction with students, examination methodology, honing innovation and creativity, and administrative and leadership training, among others, he said.

Detailing about various AICTE Programs, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said that AICTE has set up Indian Knowledge Systems Division to promote interdisciplinary research on all aspects of Indian Knowledge Systems, preserve, and disseminate Indian Knowledge Systems for further research and societal applications.

He also said that AICTE has decided to translate online courses available on Swayam and NPTEL Program into eight different regional Indian languages. Presently, these programmes are available in English language only.

Referring the Internet of Things as one of the key-technology for Industry 4.0 revolution, Prof. Sahasrabudhe said the new jobs will be created in these emerging technologies, therefore, youth have to work hard to learn the new technologies and have to contribute towards ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’. He also backed the Drug Discovery Hackathon jointly introduced by MHRD’s Innovation Cell (MIC), AICTE and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the call made by Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi, and appealed to all technical institutions to participate in this initiative in big numbers.

Addressing the program, Sh. Jayant Sahasrabudhe stressed on the importance of creation of fundamental knowledge rather importing it from western world. He said that we can import technology and machinery from foreign world, but ultimately, the fundamental knowledge behind the creation of these technologies should be ours. The real self reliance cannot be achieved without the creation of knowledge. The only country to lead the world will be the one that will create knowledge, he added.

While paying homage to JC Bose, the Vice Chancellor Prof Dinesh Kumar described him as a true interdisciplinary scientist of all time. He apprised the AICTE Chairman about the development works done in the University during the last five years. He said that at present, about 4600 students are studying in the University and with the expansion of another campus, which is to be developed on about 20 acres of land on Faridabad-Gurugram road, the student strength would be increased upto 15 thousand students. He said that the University would make this event as a calendar event on the birth anniversary of J.C. Bose.

Prior to this, Dean Placement, Alumni and Corporate Affairs Prof. Vikram Singh gave the brief introduction of the Programme.

Registrar Dr. S.K. Garg, Secretary of VIBHA Mr. Praveen Ramdas and Mr. D.P. Bhardwaj were also present on this occasion.