Education is the most important driver to the sustainable change for inclusively evolved society. The year 2020 has been a historical year for quite an unforgettable pandemic that has to lead to a monumental change in the existing process and composition of orders in every other system and the education system is no exception to the effecting change brought forward by the global pandemic. The commencement of a year has encouraged the endeavour to drive positive, sustainable, and inclusive change to the global education system. The commencement of a year has encouraged the endeavour to drive positive, sustainable, and inclusive change to the global education system.
And to bring the inclusive and positive change to our education system, The Policy Times collaboration with, Shiv Nadar University, an institution for eminence in the education field organized World Education Conference 2021. It is a three-day-long event that is being organized on 15-17th January 2021 from 2 pm-8 pm through Zoom. The main agenda of the event is to explore a workable roadmap for all-inclusive sustainable and productive education worldwide. The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Chief Guest of the event Shri. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister & Hon’ble Minister of Education, Government of Delhi NCT, and Guest of Honour Mr Mohibul H. Chowdhoury, Hon’ble Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.
The first day of The World Education Conference was divided into three sessions and each of them held quite insightful discussions on issues prevalent in our education system and if dissected and discussed and taken under proper re-shaping, could bring quite a monumental change in our education system.
The first plenary session was on the topic “National Education Policy 2020 – Future of Education & Implementation Roadmap” from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. This session brings light to the New Education Policy 2020 that was approved by a central authority and is expected to implement this year. The NEP 2020 has envisioned a new education system by reforming quite a few key areas and Successful implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP2020) demands a long-term vision, availability of expertise on a sustained basis, and concerted action from all concerned encompassing National, State, institutional, and individual levels to have a proper comprehension of the building basis and structure of NEP 2020 and the implementation procedure and devising a workable roadmap for future implementation of NEP 2020.
The session was chaired by Prof (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor and Dean School of Law, GD Goenka University and had quite an enlightening discussion towards a better comprehension of ins and out of NEP 2020 from three of drafting committee members of NEP 2020 and how concerted action from all concerned encompassing National, State, institutional, and individual stakeholders could lead to the successful implementation was discussed by a different kind of institutional level.
The Chief Guest of the session was Dr Binod Chaudhary, Chairman-CG Corp Global, Nepalese Billionaire, and Businessman & Philanthropist, Mr Chaudhary one of the most inspiring businessmen and philanthropic figures in his remarkable speech for the day ardently reiterated that education is the fundamental right of a human being by birth that helps people to the judicious adaptation to other key aspects of life. He strongly believes “Education is an important fundamental aspect of human life, considered as one of the most valuable gifts bestowed upon humanity. I believe that each person continuously learns and grows throughout their lives and this ability to capture the right information and adopting it becomes more heightened with proper education. It is the very tool/weapon that becomes the light of hope even in the grimmest of the situations regardless of personal or professional life”.
He emphasised his mantra behind his tireless work is ‘business with purpose’ to create a difference in the lives of the global community through quality education. He rightly set a glowing example to his brethren in the business community to their righteous purpose and responsibility to the world at large.
Mr Chaudhury rightly said, “India and Nepal has one of the largest youth compositions in the world which makes it even more paramount to effectively and meticulously evolve the education framework to part articulate knowledge.” This remarkably inspirational man shed an unprecedented ray of hope for the young generation of Nepal along with a global community of young people. His organization CG Education, the educational vertical of CG Corp Global is also playing “a pivotal role in reshaping the education scenario in Nepal, India, and other countries in Asia & overseas to provide quality education. Our philanthropic work categorically focuses on education to empower the young talent to create a world of educated, independent, liberal, and rational young professionals.”
The autobiography ‘Making It Big’ an insightful and inspirational journey into the life of this very inspirational man also saw a brief mention whose mantra behind this constant upward journey is a success can come from any background.
Dr MK Shridhar, Member, NEP Draft Committee, a pillar to building NEP 2020 started the session with his keynote speech for the session. He highlighted unique views essence of NEP 2020 delightfully as according to him the clear and concise purpose of NEP 2020 was to democratise education.
Education was limited to individual jurisdiction but the purpose of this policy is to democratise education by decentralising the system and making it interactive and participative and more of concerted effort. The implementation will firstly require both micro and macro approach and Micro approach in the terms of a joint effort of every unit of every single institute to the macro approach of other authority body responsible major decision in the education system. The successful implementation will also need a push and pull reaction from micro and macro educational body and voluntary and spontaneous work towards as the wait and welcome towards building a new policy has finished now all we need is work from people of every single layer of the education system.
Mr Anees Kutty, Founder of Evergreen Foundation & Anees Defence Career Institute (ADCI), Pune, Dr Chetan Singai, Chief Consultant, Technical Secretariat, NEP-2020, & Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences and Deputy Director, Ramaiah Public Policy Center, Bengaluru, KA, India were present as an honourable speaker for the session and all of them lead a delightful discussion that hopefully could see a successful implementation of NEP 2020.
Mr Sangai gave a comprehensive insight into the making of NEP 2020 and the inherent purpose of NEP 2020 to build our education system to engage in excellence, holistic education. He gave a hint to systematic and fundamental change and institutional approach towards the policy implementation. Mr Kutty highlighted that the need to prioritizing education to overcome the hurdle brought by the pandemic. The implementation of NEP will need mainstreaming private micro institutes for better access education and of participative and logical education.
The second plenary session of the first day of World Education Conference was on the topic “World’s Best Educational Systems –Global Best Practices and Accreditation” and it was held from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. This session dealt with a rather crucial topic of world’s best education system and the key component and resources that go into making an education system that prepares student ready to navigate the current world and how ratings and accreditation system ensures the best quality of education.
This session was chaired by Dr Wesam Al Madhoun, Lecturer, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia. Dr Wesam Al Madhoun led a truly insightful and thought-provoking discussion into the topic. Key figures from different spectrum of system and accreditation and rating system were present for this truly curious deliberation of best educational practices and the key components and importance of accreditation to ensure quality. H.E. (Mr.) Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador to Embassy of Ecuador to India, one of the panellists of the session highlighted like India Latin American countries face the challenge of quality education and the need for global collaboration bridge the gap of accessibility to quality education.
Mr Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, THE (Times Higher Education), United Kingdom gave a thoughtful and informed suggestion on building Indian higher education to that of the global standard will need global exchange and engagement, sharing and collaboration for enriched research among others. He also shared Asian countries are becoming more dominant in global education in recent time global education scenario. His belief is ranking homogenises global education.
Dr Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director for QS Intelligence Unit in the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia and CEO – QS IGAUGE, Singapore. His experience as to how ranking, rating and accreditation ensure excellence in education, quality education and evaluation of education providers. This in a way widens the capacity to improve in aspects of an education system that can change the quality of education. According to him except for rating and rankings a deeper look into and mapping out the component of global best practices like institutional autonomy, cross-border exchange, promoting transparency, quality research etc and employing them to one striving to better for a better outcome. Ranking is not the goal of institutions but the outcome that is quality education that comes into score a rank.
Dr Abdulhamid Alfadaly, Executive Chairman, TESC Group, (Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia، Canada, and the USA) of the beliefs that modern education system should be adapted and customized to suit skill, goal, capacity and such and there should be some individual approach that suits individual learning capacity. The best education system eliminated language hurdle, self-learning dependency and cross-curriculum teaching and initiated adaptability and customization of education to students need.
Mr Hesham Mohammed, The American University in Cairo, School of Continuing Education, AMIDEAST Egypt shared that education should not be ingesting knowledge but the application of same knowledge in real life and decision making and curriculum should be tailored to suit the practical application training of theoretical knowledge. Prof. (Dr.) Khwaja M. Rafi, Director, Mewat Engineering College (MEC) was of the belief that reaching to the grassroots level to solve overall basic living issues in an area can help to provide better grassroots education. Better grassroots education could make real change.
All the esteemed panellists in this session quite remarkable with their unique and enriched opinion and different perspectives tampered with the flavour of different country, culture, economy, and system on the topic of the session.
The third and last Plenary Session of the day deliberated on the topic “Building New India: Education-Industry Integration” from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm. The session highlighted the need for major reformation of our education system so that we could have a cohesive collaboration between two of the building pillars of any nation that are academia and industry and a robust collaboration between them and philanthropic contribution from each of them towards could lead to alleviation of an entire country and humankind to a sustainable future.
The last session of the day was chaired by a rather prominent educator of India Prof. (Dr.) Bhimaraya Metri, Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Nagpur and he astutely touched key component of the topic and lead to a discerning exchange of views among the Honourable guests.
The guests of this session were experienced representatives from academia and industry. Mr Dilip Chenoy, Secretary-General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce &Industry (FICCI), emphasized on quality education that can signal the need for the diverse industry and better industry exposure at every educational level contributes to industry and academia correlation. . FICCI is also bringing lots of new initiatives to reach to educational institutes and bring industry and academia collaboration by practical approach.
Mr S.Y. Sidiqqui, Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited believes the better solution to the harmonious accord of industry-academia is the education should adopt the mandate to build the character of an industrialist. Prof (Dr.) Mohammed Farashuddin, Founder Vice-Chancellor and Chief Adviser Professor, East-West University, Bangladesh has suggested towards curriculum update to that of industry need and industry experience while pursuing academia and academic institution to incubate entrepreneurship.
Mr KK Babul Mohanty, Industrialist, global business leader, Educationist, Philanthropist, Chairman – Titaghur Plc & KIDL (distant learning) were also present as speaker shared his suggestion is to academic compatibility with industry and digital availability.
The discussion brought forward what kind of contribution could come from both academia and industry and how we could build a successful collaboration between the two and hopefully, this leads to people from both fields to see the path to collaboration in a better light that could be beneficial to both industry and academia. The first day of the event wrapped up with this session. Unquestionably the first day of the event touched quite a few relevant topics and gave way to deliberation on how to give a fresh strategic start to undertake these issues towards a better outcome in each scenario. The fruitful discussion in of the first day itself gave way to tons of insightful expectation from educators worldwide.
This educational conference was supported by educational institutes and several other organizations across India and it was only realized to the way it was conducted by all of their humble co-operation. East India’s best private university – Adamas University, Kolkata; Haryana’s best engineering college – Mewat Engineering College; Best technical institute of Malegaon – Maulana Mukhtar Ahmad Nadvi Technical Campus (MMANTC), one of India’s philanthropic business families – Hamdard National Foundation (HECA) and Business & Employment Bureau (BEB Delhi) supported by Hamdard National Foundation (HECA), Rajasthan’s Sunrise University in Alwar, Al-Ameen Mission; empowering poor and backward minority section of the society;education innovator, Smart Study Platform, Board Room Solutions providers – iTeltronics Pvt Ltd, a leading manufacturer, packager, marketer of incense sticks and perfumes in India – Rocket Agarbatty Company and Anees Classes which has been providing Education Service to thousands of students for over 29 years.