MYSORE: A dedicated circle for students to communicate with each other and with the teaching community through social networking sites. That is what Roddam Narasimha, member of the scientific advisory council to the PM, advocated on Wednesday to make teaching effective and fun.

Referring to the advantages of open and distance learning (ODL) system, the eminent scientist said open universities has inherent problems in matching a classical university in terms of the quality of human contact. Delivering the convocation address at the Karnataka State Open University, he said: “Social networks can be built up among any group with common interest.”

Social networking sites offer the option to organize people according to real life social connections through which the user can share relevant content with the right people, and follow feeds posted by them. The scientist wanted this model to be replicated so that people with common interest are tagged at one place making it convenient for the university to engage and teach them.

Six personalities were conferred with honorary doctorates on the occasion. Planning commission member Narendra Jadhav, writer D Javare Gowda, K J Rao of the IISc, G Thimmaiah who served as the director of Institute of Social and Economic Change, social worker H D Chowdaiah and educationist K E Radhakrishna were awarded the honorary degrees by the governor-chancellor H R Bhardwaj.

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