MYSORE: Vice-president of Global Education Centre, Infosys, Subraya B M, on Monday said three per cent of the 30,000 computer science graduates who join Infosys pass the basic tests which involve understanding of fundamental concepts, problem solving and finding alternative solutions.
The recruits are trained at the Mysore campus of Infosys. Subraya was speaking at a faculty development programme on ‘Research Opportunities and Challenges in Web Content and Mining’ at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE). Attributing conventional teaching method in classrooms to be the root cause of the problem, he said the teaching faculty should move on from conventional teaching and bring in innovation to make classrooms more attractive.
Giving examples of IITs, he said there was steady decline in the number of students attending classes. “Students ask teachers what is special in classrooms when everything is available on the web from recorded textbooks to tutorials and contents which they refer on their own. In this backdrop, if anything else that can be brought into the classrooms is innovation,” he said.
He said teachers were lagging behind in bringing out the dynamics from the static content. According to him, teaching through interactive sessions will restore the interest of the students. “Content leadership is not just writing paper or a book. But essentially you should be able to visualise your own content and drive static content into interactive thing. Faculty development programmes should look beyond what is available in text and if there is no change in such programmes, then the future will be bleak,” he said.
Subraya said there was an urgent need to get away from ‘cut and paste’ technology as it is damaging the entire country in terms of quality. “Though web is a very good platform, it is also a dirty place. If we don’t use our brains now, we may soon land up in a situation where it will become difficult to revive. Originality and innovations are the only way out.”
“Infosys is also doing a lot of work in data mining and have collected huge repository of data. But, we don’t have time to write and publish it,” he added.