February 10, 2021, New Delhi: The policy Times in collaboration with UPES, Dehradun , one of India’s premium multi-disciplinary higher education institutes organized one of its kind Education Web-Series on 10 February 2021 on “Building Synergy in Education” between India and our neighbor country Nepal. Eminent educators from different spheres of Nepal’s education system joined the webinar and brought out very insightful points. Today’s post-pandemic world has the motto ‘collaboration is key to success’ and cross-border education synergy between the two countries could only happen if we refresh our collaboration strategies and work-out the existing hurdles in the way.
The Covid -19 pandemic has brought a paradigm shift in the education framework of the world and existing pedagogy and learning model has been remodeled to something new and brought different new dimensions into education that we need to take into judicious consideration along with oriental context of two countries owing to shared cultural and country context between the two countries as we discuss on educational collaboration. Lot of suggestion facilitating the topic poured in from experts attending the webinar.
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Prof. Khagda K C Executive Director, Center for International Relation, Tribuvan University implores on academic exchange through institutional collaboration without the hurdle of passing through bureaucratic corridor to promote easy educational exchange between the two countries.
Mr. Mithlesh Jha Head of Education CG Learning & Chairman of Kathmandu World School suggested on cross-border school level student and faculty exchange between the two countries as culture has great bearing on pedagogy and a better cultural understanding in lower education level could facilitate better academic exchange in higher level and both country needs to bring better industry academia relation to facilitate large education exchange. The digital disruption brought by the pandemic signals better opportunity for collaboration.
Ashish Tiwari , Principal Director ,Ace Institute of Management is of the belief that virtual medium has brought better academic exchange opportunity and solved equity issue putting hurdle in cross-border exchange between the two countries. There also the need of relevant and interesting exchange programs not mere MOUs and initiation of active dialogue for harmonization of curriculum, quality assurance and accreditation across the two countries would facilitate student mobilization.
FCP LP Bhanu Sharma, Principal, Apex College reiterated equity to be persistent problem for cross-country academic exchange. Immediate academic collaboration in joint research, library and knowledge Management along with creation of joint entrepreneurship program as entrepreneurs are going to globalize oriental context and build synergy in whole South Asia.
Dr. Shanta Dixit, Founder and Director of Rato Bangla School gave example of her own institution and initiation of public –private model to facilitate student mobility between the countries.
All the discussion winded on key suggestion that kindred spirit in education between two countries could take into consideration while working on cross-border collaboration.
- Political will and voluntary private initiatives will build better bond between the countries.
- Pedagogy exchange between teachers of the two countries.
- Innovation transfer of academia and kindle of thought transmission to industry could be great collaboration point for two countries.