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Conclave of education of India today

Wig Aditya Mohan

The India Today Education Conclave held on June 28 at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi was a solemn event, attended by many eminent educators, school and college administrators, edutech entrepreneurs and politicians. Along with the award ceremony at the top ranked universities in the 2022 India Today-MDRA Best College survey, the conclave also addressed issues related to education. These topics range from mixed classes and online education to the future of India as a hub of edutech, the sustainability of digital education and the importance of learning by doing.

The keynote speaker at the event was Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Emphasizing the importance of access to quality education, Pradhan described the main challenges facing his ministry, including widening the gap between supply and demand. “Our population (total students) is about 52.3 million. If sumo (all students enrolled), which includes students from anganwadis, schools, institutions of higher education and specialized education, the figure would be d ‘about 32 million. That means 200 million students are out of the education network. ” He then raised an underlying theme of education: the question of language.

He said: “We believe that the ability to get a job in India is a big challenge. You have to learn English to be eligible for a job. But if you look at the big developed economies, there are three or four countries that don’t they do their R&D, research and top-level work in’s’s Japan.They don’t depend on English as a medium.Yes, English is the global language, the language of business, of business.

But if I look at the world’s major languages, two of the top 10 are from India … If we are to grow, we need to think about local languages, “India Today Group said after the minister’s speech. of questions and answers with (editorial) director Raj Chengappa As for the budget allocation for education, which is still only about three percent of GDP, the minister agreed that achieving the academic goals of India would require a lot of money, but he talked about investments and said: The government has invested more than a thousand rupees.crore for NEP.State governments are also spending.

Private organizations are also spending. Philanthropic investment is approaching. “Pradhan also said,” We have prepared the document for the Higher Education Commission bill. We will take him to the cabinet soon. Hopefully we have this bill at the next session of Parliament. “When asked about the rules and regulations of the edutech sector, he walked between being enthusiastic and arguing in favor of a system based on He said: “We do not want to introduce restrictions and rules. Innovators are creative; let them innovate. But we expect ethical guidelines to be followed. Edutech should not be an exploiter.

How NEP will change the Indian education system

Dharmendra Pradhan
Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship of the Union

“What exactly is our challenge? There are about 52 million people in the age range of students (3-23 years old), of whom 30 million (of all kinds) are enrolled in school. That means 200 millions are still offline.

China and Japan do not depend on R&D, high-end jobs or English as a means of communication. If we want to move forward, we need to think about our local languages.

For the first time this year, the central government’s budget on education has exceeded 1 billion rupees. State governments and private institutions are also spending. Philanthropic investment also arrives

“We don’t want to introduce restrictive rules and regulations. Innovative people are creative, let them do their thing. Yes, we expect more or less adherence to ethical guidelines. Edutech should not be an exploiter.

“We have prepared the document of the bill of the Commission of Higher Education. We will soon take it to the cabinet. Hopefully we can put it on the table of the House in the next session of Parliament.

Main round table: How to make the best university

Professor Anju Srivastava, director of Hindu College
“We encourage our students to take their time by getting interested in different subjects … Learning more than one skill is essential to adapt to the ever-changing job market”

Professor Gaurav Raheja, Head of the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee
“At IIT Roorkee, we are active at work every day, there are opportunities for flexibility in that. It’s not just about studying in the classroom, it’s also about learning from classmates, studying in a special way, which is the need for hour.

Professor Father Viju Devasi, Director, Christ (considered to be the University), Bangalore
“We try to connect students with the sector. There are industrial sessions every Saturday. Almost all final year BCA students spend time with the industry.

Poonam Verma, director, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies
“We have turned the pandemic into an opportunity thanks to technology. Compulsory internships were difficult, so our students opted for the 50-hour online option.

Dr. Sarsu Esther Thomas, registered, NLSIU, Bangalore
“The pandemic created a hindrance in student internships at the time … We organized an online internship. It wasn’t that effective, but something worked.

Professor Ashok Ganguly, Deputy Director, Strategy and Planning, IIT Delhi
“A unique environment is created only by the best teachers and the best students. We need talented people and students. We try to make our students and alumni role models.

Kamalkant Pant Principal, IHM, Pusa
“The best institutions should thank their competitors, but you have to keep building your institution. At HMI, we try to involve all stakeholders and alumni.

Manisha Kinnu, Campus Director, NIFT, Delhi
“Our campus is a center for recreational activities with strong academic initiatives. We train students from the first year, not only in academia, but also on how they can work with industries.

Dr. Bipin Jojo
Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, TISS, Bombay
“Learning from peers is the main point of our system and is still in force even when students are not present. In the face of the digital divide, we have provided laptops to students.
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Key Statement: NEP and Industry 4.0
Dr. Indu Sawhney
Founding President and Chancellor, Atlas Skilltech University, Mumbai
“The Kovid epidemic was like a safe storm for us. Technology would never have been used like this in education, if the pandemic had not arrived. This has allowed students to use artificial intelligence (AI ), state-of-the-art analytics, personalized online support for students, and various digital formats.

“A year later, when the students from the municipal school came to our high school, I asked them, ‘What do you want me to study?’ or ‘What classes do you want?’ Everyone was talking about robotics. The demand for technological skills comes from all walks of life.

The Edutech revolution: sustainability, potential and inclusion
Shreyasi Singh, founder and CEO, Harappa Education
“Schools have opened … but today there are many such students in schools and universities, who now do some of their studies online more than before the pandemic.”

Hari Krishnan Nayyar. Co-founder, Great Learning
“If you do a job, it is not always possible to go to a study institute. In the skills improvement industry of which we are a part, we have made a big difference. “

Piyush Nangroo, co-founder and COO, Sunstone Eduversity
“The pandemic has brought us to online studies. In cases where we didn’t study online (before), it has become an everyday thing. But it also depends on the reader’s class.

Dr. Nilima Chopra, responsible for early childhood care and development, HCL Foundation
“During the pandemic, we had to face the challenge of reaching remote areas. Technology has proven to be of some help in continuing the education of these children.

Debate: Mixed Classrooms: Is It Normal Now?
Rekha Krishnan, principal of Vasant Valley School
“We as teachers must be open to the idea that there is no single solution to a problem. Offline or online only is incorrect. We have known the advancement of technology in education in the (last) two years.

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“If you can adapt technology to different needs, then the question is ‘is it readily available to us, is it something we can put in our classrooms?’ We have to accept that we are entering this process.

Shourie Chatterjee, digital director of Schoolnet, India Limited
“If technology is part of this mixed classroom, then we’re looking at whether ‘homework on time’ can be reduced a bit. If a teacher has to teach the same lesson over and over again, technology can occupy the your place? The most important thing is to have a connection with the classroom.

Prabhat Jain, co-founder of Pathways Schools
“A global study shows that the use of technology in education is not opposed to students, but to adults. What Kovid has done is to ward off the fear of using technology.

Hot topic: home story: India as a center of ideas
Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, BITS School of Management
“The problem is that we prepare people for ‘correct’ answers to known problems, not ‘good’ and ‘better’ answers to unknown problems.”

Rohit Taneja, Bombay Savings Company
“I think the assessment system instead of grades should encourage students to innovate, make them more enterprising, more curious.”

“(Entrepreneurship) is about doing something that hasn’t been done before, in a way that hasn’t been done before. I have to be curious about that.”

—Neha Mathur, CHRO, Urban Company.

Highlights: The importance of hands-on learning
Professor Dinesh Singh, Chancellor, KR University of Mangalam and former Rector of Delhi University
“In the case of NEP, I think this is a golden opportunity for the country, and we can take this great opportunity, first and foremost, to establish a knowledge-based economy in the country.”
“Teachers have to learn to be gurus instead of always writing on the board. We kill the interest of your students with blackboard studies.

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