“Education is Wealth” – India
As assistant professor in the Department of Engineering at Kalasalingam University in India, Sivasubramaniam has spent more than 13 years honing his teaching skills. “Education is wealth,” says Sivasubramaniam. “It empowers a nation. It is the asset of an individual.” Here, Sivasubramaniam shares his insights on education, and experimental teaching for engineering students.
Can you describe the teacher who most influenced you?
My 11th standard teacher, Mr. Rao, who had very good hands-on experience in teaching
automobile engineering. He was very strong in practical skills.
Describe the most inspiring day you’ve experienced as an educator.
It was when for the first time I handled Engineering Mechanics course for Speech
and Hearing Impaired (SHIP) students in our university. I was inspired by their
interest and interaction during the class. On that day I realized that I am a good facilitator.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
One of my proudest professional achievements has been developing teaching models
and getting consistent, positive student feedback for my style of teaching, which has a lot to do with “teaching with practical and live examples.”
How can other educators facing similar challenges implement what you’ve learned?
Time management. Practical skills can resolve most issues.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
I would change the education pattern and include a lot of student learning that
is based on experiments.
What is the best opportunity for innovation in education?
The best opportunities come in the form of motivating the teacher, training the
learners, implementing experiments and experiential based teaching.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
My advice would be:
- Implementing the experimental teaching and learning process
- Motivating learners to gain knowledge
- Practicing conceptual teaching
- Believing that teachers are facilitators
What is your greatest hope for the future of education (in your country?)?
I hope that, I may produce technically sound engineers for my nation and that education is not commercialized.
About M. Sivasubramaniam
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering at Kalasalingam University
Education: B. E (Mechanical Eng.), M. E (Prod. Eng.), Pursuing Ph.D
Website I check every day: www.howstuffworks.com , www.saksham-ms.in
Person who inspires me most: My Father
Favorite childhood memory: Afraid of going to school
Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Across the world
Favorite book: Engineering Mechanics by Ferdinand P. Beer & Russell Johnston