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September 14, 1999
ETH education portal openedThe next millennium will see fundamental changes in the entire educational system and learning in the future would be entirely different, as stress would be laid on customisation demanded by the students, said Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, eminent scientist and director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Dr Mashelkar was speaking at the inauguration of Education to Home Research Lab's new education portal on the Internet at the National Chemical Laboratory's auditorium in Pune last evening.
The portal, which can be accessed at http://education.eth.net provides for comprehensive information on educational facilities and opportunities available in the country.
Web based post-graduate engineering courses will also be available on the ETH portal in collaboration with Anna University, Tamil Nadu.
The portal provides model question papers of standards 10 and 12 along with answers. There are also practical tips on how to look out for jobs and prepare a bio-data.
In the next century, knowledge would double every five years. The old-style mass production economies would vanish, he said adding that "the present system of division of labour and hierarchies would be that of the mind".
Emphasising on connectivity and content that would determine future competitiveness, he urged concerted efforts for increasing Indian content on the Net.
Dr Vijay Bhatkar, eminent computer scientist and the brain behind the project also spoke on the occasion.
He demonstrated ETH's other ventures like the Ramayana in eight Indian languages and a CD for making nursery education easier.
Stating the goals of ETH Lab, he said, "We want to take education to the doorstep of every individual, dissolving the barriers of distance, languages and economic levels."
Meanwhile, noted religious scholar Kishanmaharaj Sakhare, while expressing ideas on education, opined, "it should have an intellectual dimension as well as spiritual one".
Dr Arun Nigvekar, vice-chancellor of the University of Pune; Dr A Kalanidhi, vice-chancellor of Anna University and Dr Uttamrao Bhoite of the Bharati Vidyapeeth deemed university also spoke on the occasion.
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