Role of Literature in Technical Education

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Role of Literature in Technical Education
- Mitul Lakhani (6th EC)

The study of literature should be introduced in the field of technical education. If reading is completely phased out of our technical education as it is being done, then it will have negative effect on our work force. Literature and culture should not be forbidden in the precincts of technical learning. On the other hand, young engineers should be aware of the unconstructive consequences of unrestrained technology and educated about the ethical questions which are inherent in every technical advancement made. Technology is advancing at a breakneck speed oblivious to the concerns of humanity. Youngsters who are confident with the most sophisticated gadgets are unable to express the intricacies of their thought-processes. It is the liberal arts which give one the skills to understand the increasingly complex world. Education should not be confined to science and technology alone. In a world that necessitates interaction with other countries and cultures, educational institutions, corporates and industries spend considerable time and resources in imparting soft skill training. But without literature and culture studies, they are unproductive and pointless. A judicious, complementary balance between ‘literature-heavy' leanings and ‘extreme language only' leanings should be found. While today's professional skills focus on effective communication, attitude in the work place, values relating to self and others, etiquette and manners, case study, team work and group communication and public speaking, SWOT, all these and a lot more can be covered by merely a study of relevant literature. A judicious mixture of excerpts from local and world literature can effectively illustrate motivation and professional skills. Language practice can include selected extracts from novels, stories and plays to illustrate case studies and show the human angle to all the problems. Instead of proscribing a certain kind...
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