January 17, 2020, New Delhi: The last year 2020 has brought a major change in our education system and as the new year, 2021 commenced the need to bring a renewed balance to our education system was a much-needed step. The Policy Times in collaboration with Shiv Nadar University, an institution for eminence in Northern India’s education scenario in a bid to bring rebalance in the education system organized World Education Conference 2021 a three days program held during 2 pm -8 pm(IST) from January 15-17,2021 daily.
The third and last day of the truly magnificent event World Education Conference 2021 was divided into two plenary sessions followed by a valedictory session and it was held from 11 am- 3.30 pm.
The third day of WEC 2021 started with a plenary session on the topic of “Making Asia Global Education Hub” from 11:00 Am-12:30 Pm. Several Asian countries have been competing over the last decade to build the best educational environment in the world to develop as regional higher education hubs in a bid to drive innovation and economic growth. The session was entirely focused on deliberating how Asia could become an ideal educational hub in near future and the key components that were discussed to make it happen are a synergy between Asian countries and global exchange in key areas to facilitate this agenda.
The session was chaired by Prof. (Dr.) Partha Chatterjee, Dean – International Partnerships and Professor & Head – Department of Economics, Shiv Nadar University started the session with an informative deliberation on Asia especially India’s rich history as education hub back in history and how with time it moved towards west. Though now Asia has been emerging again as education hub the education model is not much different from the west but for Asia to become as top education hub whether a different model of education or evaluation is needed all these were the key component to find a solution for this particular topic.
The Chief Guest of the session was Prof. M.K. Surappa, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai, who suggested a few key areas like a cross-border student, resource, knowledge exchange and customizing the need, problem and situation of Asia to shape a renewed education model and better integration of multidisciplinary subjects rather than only the popular ones to build Asia as an educational hub in near future.
The honourable speakers for this session were Prof. Dato’ Dr Jayles Yeoh, President & CEO, AIMSMET Executive Education, Professor of Globalisation, Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia, indeed brought a much-needed point that today education is no longer for education’s sake and it’s shaped after the need of economy and region so to build Asia as global education hub we must rebuild a new education system that is customized to the need of Asian countries. Asia already has resources to build an education hub but trained educators, gender-sensitive ecosystem, family and community support, learners centric approach, state of the art resources and facilities, relevant curriculum, safe and conducive education environment are some of the lagging points for entire Asia to become an education hub.
Prof A.K. Enamul Haque, Professor, East-West University & Director, ACD, Bangladesh, urged on thinking different to make difference on the educational front and cross-border reorganization of excellent education institution and exchange and globalization nor nationalize education can rebuild Asia as an ideal education hub.
Dr Samy Ibrahim, Professional Development Manager at Discovery Education with TPLA & Co-founder of Flexi Education Framework and Dr Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil International, University (DIU) & Daffodil Family, Bangladesh, were also present as guest speakers to share their discerning opinions.
The second session of last day of WEC 2021 was on the topic “Skill, Startup and Entrepreneurship Education post Covid-19” from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm. This session was chaired by Mr Tanveer Mirza, B Tech MBA, President of NGO Yashodhara working in like skill, Rural Development, Youth Transformation, Environment, Education, Employability, Employment, and Entrepreneurship are Five Pillars towards transforming India into a self-reliant country and a prosperous one at that. If we build an education system that facilitates skills and entrepreneurship, it would be the biggest positive reform we could to have a prosperous nation and definitely a prosperous world.
The Chief Guest for this session was Prof. Raj Nehru, Vice-Chancellor, Shri Vishwakarma Skill University (SVSU) – India’s very first Skill University, Haryana who hinted at some key points like lack of curiosity at the foundation level of education, lack of applied approach in higher education to be some of the fundamental problems as to India’s current status of lacking enough skilled human resources and how government schemes reintroducing untrained unorganized sector workers to skill development training, apprenticeship training could contribute towards a potential solution.
Mr Shaukat Mufti, OSD-Hamdard National Foundation (HECA) & Executive Secretary, Business & Employment Bureau (BEB Delhi), brought forward an excellently inspiring philanthropic approach towards education and how that could build a nation.
The other eminent speakers for this session were Prof. Khaeruddin Sudharmin, Chairman Examination Board, CILT & Adjunct Professor, UNITAR International University, Malaysia, Dr Prakash Sharma, Ambassador, Global Startup Ecosystem, and International Startup Ecosystem & Mission Head-P Combinator & Passion Framework.
The three days magnificent event came to an end with a Vote of Thanks by Mr Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times
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. The proud partners of WEC 2021 are 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.