Technical education is the fastest growing academic discipline in India. A growing Indian economy demands more technical manpower and technology creators. This requires an environment of innovation inspired by intellectual curiosity and driven by sound knowledge. The challenge of imparting high quality technical education to the increasing numbers of aspiring engineers requires creation of a formidable pantheon of enabled teachers – with intellectual capability, rigorous training and an exploratory frame of mind. Good teachers ensure the right ambience of enquiry, rigor and excitement in the class-rooms. A healthy academic environment is the prime-mover for creation of capable graduates, who can act as drivers of the growth story. The KIT aspires to help create a vibrant environment of academics in its Quality Circle. The primary goal is to provide all the teachers (and aspiring ones) the right support to grow intellectually. It also desires to create proper teaching tools and aids for effective teaching. This requires creation of a good platform for interaction, sharing of resources, intellectual discussion, continued learning, and knowledge improvement. Such a platform should provide access to the teachers and students (potential teachers of the future) to a window of interaction with the best brains in the country and outside. Forums for dialogue on content, new developments, new teaching paradigms, new thought processes, idea incubation and academic review can act as the catalyst for overall improvement of quality of technical education. Learning should become a continuous process. How do we create such a platform?
Vision of KIT
The centre’s primary goal will be dissemination of knowledge (and know-how) to teachers, researchers and students through short-courses, workshops, seminars and thematic live classs. The centre will also engage in creating knowledge repositories through lectures for advanced courses by leading experts, compendium of projects, question bank, laboratory manuals and demonstrative experiments (for proof of concept), incorporation of new knowledge in the curriculum; open-source initiatives to create proper computational aids as national student initiatives/challenges; national student technological challenges and competitions – derive, draw, drive paradigm based. The centre will bring together the best minds in science and technology in India. It will yearn to increase interaction and partnership between the Indian intellectual pool and the international pool of expertise in the area. The centre will also serve to incubate new teaching and learning paradigms, and promote research in emerging areas of importance. The areas of interest that will be catered to are:
- Mechanical sciences
- Chemical sciences and materials
- Electrical engineering and computer science
- Physical sciences