He was delivering the valedictory address at an international conference on 'Computers, communication and intelligence,' organised by Velammal College of Engineering and Technology here on Friday.
He suggested three ways to be a good teacher : a teacher should know his or her subject thoroughly; they should attempt to improve the basic core knowledge; and they should integrate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools with their subject by learning how to use technology in teaching.
Dr. Pillai told the teachers that national programmes were available for teachers to know technology - embedded teaching.
"Once the quality of teaching is improved by technology integration, the class of a good teacher can be made available to anyone anywhere."
According to him, the availability of qualified teachers is a major challenge for India in the wake of growing requirements in secondary education due to national schemes such as the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
He lamented that there were many untrained teachers in schools, particularly at the primary school level, "it has to be immediately addressed if the future needs are to be met".
M.V. Muthuramalingam, chairman, Velammal Educational Trust, K. Ganesh, Global Business Services, IBM - India, N. Suresh Kumar, Principal, and P. Alli, conference organising secretary, were among those who spoke.
Technology to be used in Teaching