Team Enrich was a live witness to the grand event named as Indian Education Congress-2016 organized by Franchise India. The Conference was a two day affair organized at the lavish Taj Vivanta Surajkund. It entailed speakers from illustrious institutions like Delhi University, Oxford University, Mr.Shiv Khera and Industry and Academia.
Dr. Dinesh Singh Ex Vice Chancellor Delhi University gave his valuable insight on how the education system needs to be upgraded citing at the same time examples of great universities like Nalanda, Takshila and others. He also emphasized on the use of Practical applications of concepts to help in increasing the knowledge. How a series of online tutoring on Calculus spread over six sessions,delivered by him in 1992, made with the help of just two cameras on Doordarshan, helped millions of students across the country overcome their problems on the not-so-easy topic. He further went on to remiscise that there were bag full of letters which flew in from all across the country asking rather demanded the same to be continued further.
In today's era of technology such seminars can achieve success for students if undertaken properly. Terry Watts (International Director-Active Learning, City of Oxford College U.K.) highlighted that Education and Colleges are the powerhouse of any Economy. He further went on to highlight that empowering people and making them enterprising is the need of the hour. Oxford College has carefully understood the changing needs of industry and their courses are designed keeping the same in mind, thus enabling them to offer specific and cutting edge courses that are highly specialized, their courses are designed keeping in mind the needs of the same thus offering courses that are highly specialized, earning them the distinction of being the only college in UK to do the same.
One parameter which came out very evidently in all the panel discussions was that the curriculum needs to be upgraded in a major way. The pre-formed silos of subject clusters are not doing much good today than what they did in the past. This is also true for obvious reasons that the technology in the past was not as developed and advanced to facilitate various mediums of learning. Information procurement and processing and was relatively slow. But today, let alone any subject, but even for each parameter or topic, the abundance of information provided is absolutely flabbergasting.
One of the main reason of development of the economy and education system in the formative years of history was role and importance of teachers in the society and respect which was given to them. Today the scenario has changed and we need to get back on the track as far as when it comes to giving value and most importantly empowering teachers to become the change makers which would be beneficial for the society now and in the years to come. To sum it up, I can only think of one very famous Chinese proverb, which caught my attention while it was being shared by one of the speakers highlighting the importance of Education in the most beautiful manner:-
"If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
If you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
But, if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."