January 2013

Envisioning Strategies for the Future

This session delved upon the changing patterns in the education sector and the ways to maintain quality standards in education. It also emphasised on the need to motivate students to make them lead and not merely get employed to earn a livelihood


Dr V K Verma, Vice Chancellor,
AISECT University

Both quality and quantity are required to meet the national goal of economic development. At present, we have 18 million students in higher education, and by the end of 12th Five-Year Plan, we will have 25 million students in higher education. But, we are still lacking in the quality part. In a country of millions of students and lakhs of teaching force, why cannot we have a cadre for administration of the technical education system? Why cannot there be a forward thinking of our rules and regulations? Why cannot the regulatory body
take the role of a mentor, counselor and a facilitator?

Prof  Satish Sharma, Maharaja
Education Campus, Udaipur


Why to serve others to make people serve you? We should prepare real workers for the nation. Why do we prepare them to work for others? They should work for themselves, to make the nation more and more prosperous.

Dr Appu Kuttan K K, Director,
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT)

Innovation will keep going. We need to motivate and promote the students. We
should always have a positive attitude and positive publicity of things. Small
things done by the students should be appreciated in the media.

G C Sharma, Head-Financial Education, National Stock Exchange (NSE)

Financial literacy should become an essential life skill for the masses.

Dr P K Sen, Head, Dept of Applied Physics,
Shri Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science

In India, we talk more than we do. When it comes to implementation, we divert our attention. The time has now come for us to start criticising ourselves. Knowledge is no more segregated. We have to gather knowledge from all the sectors if we want to create good quality engineers, technologists, and scientists.

Ritu Ghosh, Head-Education
Initiatives, HP

We have villages without schools, schools with no classes, classes with no teachers, and teachers with no books. The root cause of this problem is that all our resources are not integrated. To cover this up, such schools have ghost teachers to sign their attendance and get paid. And, in reality, these teachers live in the cities and consequently, there is a high student dropout rate, which is evident. The question is if we are creating this youth to add to the economic growth.

Dr R K Khandal, Vice Chancellor,
Gautam Buddh Technical
University (GBTU), Lucknow

Based on the technologies required, you need to decide how you are going to frame your strategies, devise plans, develop policies, and put them in place to match what is required and where gaps exist. Technology can put you in the leadership position. But, it cannot lead you. It will always be your assistant. The leadership role has to come from the human factor and that is from the teacher. The teacher has to play the role of showing the student the way to go forward.

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