Jagranjosh.com hosted a panel discussion as part of its education forum to felicitate a dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that India’s higher education sector is witnessing today. The panel discussion was led by the versatile entertainer Mr Shekhar Suman. Mr Suman was joined by an esteemed panel of India’s leading educationists who shared their views on the topic.
The panel consisted of academic leaders such as Mr Sanjay Chordiya – the Founder President and Chairman of Surydatta Group of Institutes, Mr Saroj Kumar Dutta- the Director General of Accurate Group of Institutions, Greater Noida. Dr Kuldeep K Raina – the Vice-Chancellor of DIT University, Dehradun. Mr Sanjeev Agarwal – the Chancellor of Sage University, Indore. Mona Gulati Puri- CEO, United Group of Institutions. Mr Pranav Singh - Director of Public Relations at Rama University, Kanpur, Prasad Khandekar –Associate Dean - Engineering and Director Industry Partnerships at MIT World Peace University, Pune, Mr Rajnish Wadhwa – the Chief Technical Officer, SGT University, Shashikant Singhi – Director General of the Poornima Group of Colleges.
Giving his initial remarks, Mr Shekhar Suman stressed on the purpose of education. He suggested that the prime goal of education should be transformation of students into better human beings and in turn, laying the foundation for a better society. To this end, India needs to usher in a new age through transformation of the education sector.
Mr Sanjay Choradia opened the debate by stressing the importance of providing quality education for the holistic development of students at an affordable cost. He highlighted the importance of technology in the education sector as demonstrated by Government initiatives like Swayam.
Mr Shashikant Singhi from the Poornima Group of Colleges said that transparency holds the key to the transformation of the higher education sector. He said that students should be provided options that can help them pick the right career options based on their interests and passions.
Commenting upon the topic, Mr Rajnish Wadhwa – the CTO of SGT University highlighted that jobs and employability are the key challenges faced by the higher education sector today. He emphasised on the need to keep student experience at the centre of designing of course curriculum for higher education. He also said that job-readiness for students should begin during the formative years.
Mr Prasad from MIT World Peace University, Pune, said that education, especially in the higher education sector has lost its objective. Today, educational institutes are focused more on short-term goals like employability and placements; on the contrary, they should be more focused on learning and skill development of the students.
Mr Kuldeep Raina from DIT University said that apart from subject-specific knowledge, institutes should also inculcate ethics and moral values in the students through higher education. This will help students in realizing their responsibilities towards the society.
During the panel discussion, other panellists also shared their views on the topic stating that the higher education industry needs to give up their mechanical approach and develop an emotional connect with the students. They should inspire students to follow their dreams and passion.
Many panellists also stressed on the role of the government towards the higher education sector and said that more conducive government policies and funding support would help this sector. Another panellist also said that education can only succeed through the joint efforts of all the stakeholders, i.e., the government, education institutions, students and parents.
The forum was graced by the honourable HRD minister who as the chief guest delivered the keynote address highlighting the key government initiatives towards higher education. He also acknowledged the Jagran Group’s efforts in contributing to the growth of digital education in the country.