In the Leadership webinar organised on Saturday by Manipal University Jaipur, the prominent personalities discussed the changes in the education system due to the current challenges caused by COVID 19. The Chairman of AICTE Prof. Anil Sahasrabuddhe hinted at doubling the role of digital studies in higher education. Secretary of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Prof. Sandeep Verma emphasized the need for online courses being an alternative source of income. MUJ President Prof. G. K. Prabhu said that the first NAAC A+ University of Rajasthan, Manipal University, has a great confluence in the fundamental concepts of technology and education. MUJ Pro-President Prof. NN Sarma emphasized the quality research and innovations at MUJ. The program was hosted by DD news anchor Punit Sarma and MUJ Deputy Registrar (Academics) Dr. Neetu Bhatnagar.
Chairman of AICTE expressed his views on Media Education for Generation Z. Prof. Anil Sahasrabuddhe told that the confluence of technology with tradition in the education world can no longer be avoided. Long before Kovid 19, the Government of India had emphasized the need to conduct twenty percent courses through the online platform ‘SWAYAM’. Due to the current challenges, the scope of online courses has doubled. This will create new possibilities, not problems. He said that instead of ‘covering syllabus’, there is a need to do ‘uncover’ it Because every challenge of the world is the challenge of the new generation. Indicating that the importance of education should increase rather than decrease, he said that knowledge gained from online is needed in universities because the final solution comes from the dialogue.
Pro. Sandeep Verma highlighted that due to Kovid 19, not only the new generation but the old generation has faced a job crisis. The online course will also prepare them for alternative employment. He told that The SERB is promoting new inventions and discoveries by incentivizing and awarding them. He also emphasized the need for universities to make education global by having adjunct faculty and online education so students can learn and have role models to keep their zeal for learning. He said that new technology should be incorporated regularly to revive the education industry.
DD News anchor Puneet Sharma moderated the discussion and he started the talk by explaining the ‘new normal’ in the society post-COVID-19. He stated that a dynamic global scenario is meant to change the education system. He asked the experts about the improvement of research and innovation in higher education, the importance of MOOC platforms, and changes to occur in the education industry post- COVID-19.
The webinar was initiated by the welcome speech of MUJ president Prof. GK Prabhu. He gave a brief introduction about the university and spoke about the research and teaching-learning practices at MUJ. Prof. Prabhu stated that the university has got NAAC A+ grade with a score of 3.28 and expressed his wish to collaborate with other institutions of learning to strive for excellence.
The webinar was attended by MUJ President Prof. GK Prabhu, Pro-President Prof. NN Sharma, and Registrar Prof. R. Kamath, the faculty, officials, and students of the university along with their parents. Registrar MUJ, Prof. Kamath thanked and appreciated the guests and participants for their valuable inputs and requested to join next week’s webinar also.
An important objective of this weekly webinar is to prepare the new generation to meet the challenges arising out of Kovid-19. The next webinar in the series is titled ‘Make a Dent: Sprouting, Innovation and Start-up’ to be conducted on 13th June. In the webinar, Dr. Raman Ramanathan, Director, Atal Innovation Mission and Additional Secretary, NITI Aayog, Government of India and Jeet Kumar, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Coach will address.
Webinar on 20 June has, Amish Tripathi, renowned author who re-popularized mythological characters among the youth and director of the Nehru Centre, London, as the speaker. Amish Tripathi will talk about the relationship between literature and culture. He will also throw light on the relevance of mythological characters in the modern world. Webinar scheduled on 27th June will be addressed by the country’s top speakers from the spiritual world, social issues (4th July) and on 11th July the topics from industry, business, and management will be discussed.