Michael J. Barnes, Dean School of Entrepreneurship
Professor (Dr) Michael J. Barnes is the newly appointed Dean of the School of Entrepreneurship at Rishihood University, Sonipat, Haryana, India. His words are his own, and do not necessarily represent exactly the official views of the institution and her senior management.
Pages 33 to 43 in particular, focus on the challenges and goals for Higher Education in the future with such positive headings as ( Sections 9 -16): Quality Universities and Colleges; Institutional Restructuring & Consolidation; Towards a More Holistic and Multidisciplinary Education; Optimal Learning Environments and Support for Students; Motivated, Energized and Capable Faculty; Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education; Teacher Education; and new approaches to Vocational Education with immediate impact on practice and employability for students.
The Plan goes on to address other macro-issues across education such as the Use of Technology and its integration with traditional approaches; Catalyzing Academic Research in all fields through a new National Research Foundation; Online and Digital Education and the need to ensure equitable access to, and use, of these approaches; financing and affordability (the slice of GDP allocated to implementing the plan rose from 1.7 percent of GDP to 6 percent of GDP allegedly for financing and implementing the Plan over the course of what was doubtless a fruitful discussion period). And last but not least and welcomed by almost everybody without a vested interest:
Transforming the Regulatory System of Higher Education
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NEP – THE CHANGE THAT INDIAN EDUCATION NEEDED
The national education policy 2020 is a revolutionary road map for transforming education in the country. It is a very well thought of and very calibrated plan which envesegious the overall total spending and increase of 10 percent till the year 2030 and increase from 10 percent to 20 percent now.
THE NEED OF REDESIGNING CONVENTIONAL MODE OF EDUCATION
There are some institutes that are taking serious steps in re-engineering their curriculum as well as teaching methodology, but the ratio of such colleges is not very impressive as they can be counted on fingertips. Very few institutes are working towards the new skills development which is essential for motivating the students to explore and fulfill the demands of the recent changes in the globalized environment of business and technology. Hence, there is an immediate need to introduce desired changes in the education system of our country, especially in engineering colleges and ITIs.
A MODERN-DAY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, NURTURING THE NEXT GENERATION OF INDUSTRY LEADERS
STRATEGIES TO HELP STUDENTS MOTIVATE THEMSELVES IN TIMES OF ONLINE LEARNING
Over the decades, by and large, learning was confined to the four walls of a physical classroom. The advent of technology in education enabled students and provided them with varied learning engagements. Also, the outbreak of the Covid-19 propelled school leaders and institutions to adopt virtual learning mode as a feasible alternative to continue the teaching-learning process. Within a short span of just eight months, schools and students find themselves in a virtual learning era. At one time, what looked impossible in our country has become a reality with millions of parents, teachers, and students adopting this mode of learning. The evolution and availability of tech tools were some of the major factors that helped in making a quick and easy transition to the virtual interactive learning platform. Even as we continue to adapt to the new normal, parents and teachers as equal stakeholders need to constantly help students remain motivated and engaged on the virtual platform.
Indus Valley Public School: AN ELITE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION RENOWNED FOR PROMISING HOLISTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The seed of startingIndus Valley Public School was sown when the owner of this school, Vishal Singh realized the need for an innovative educational institution that can offer the best value for money education to the students. His visits to his village, followed by the stories of their hardships left a deep impact on him, and the zeal to change their condition through the tool of education developed inside him quite early. Today, around 5000 students are receiving education at Indus Valley Public School and hundreds of people have already been expediently employed thus strengthening the educational fabric of our country/society. Operating with a mission to strive towards excellence by providing a stimulating and safe environment, encouraging creativity and individual thinking, developing positive self-esteem, and energizing multiple intelligences, Indus Valley Public School has been able to offer a holistic learning experience for its students.
HOW TO ADAPT A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH FOR THE INDIAN EDUCATION SECTOR?
The National Education Plan 2020 of the Government of India was finally published almost exactly six months ago, after exhaustive discussion and consultations of a Draft Plan throughout the country, at all professional levels of education over the preceding twelve months.
DESIGN-CENTRIC EDUCATION – IMPERATIVE FOR THE POST COVID WORLD AND ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT
Education Disrupted The disruption unleashed by COVID-19 has shaken the education system at all levels - primary, secondary, and higher education. However, institutions seem to hold on to their discipline/faculty-centric and teaching-oriented model. Most are busy transferring this model into online platforms with controls such as attendance and proctored online exams. On the other hand, students are figuring out ways to make sense of the burgeoning academic knowledge and expectations, while grappling with issues of internet connectivity, availability of computers, ergonomics of increased screen time, and learning to beat the system. The fundamental qualities of learning the real world continue to be accidental biproducts, if at all.
E-LEARNING PLATFORMS ARE BRINGING CONCEPT-DRIVEN LEARNING TO THE CENTER STAGE
I Learning in today’s world has evolved greatly. Digital technology has revolutionized the approach to learning for students and teachers alike. Several EdTech platforms are springing up to make learning digitally accessible. However, certain platforms are going the extra mile to provide students with an after-school learning model that is affordable and engaging. This is because students need a model of learning that doesn’t just encourage memorization but focuses on the grasping of concepts in an engaging manner.
CREATING FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS: BENEFITS OF GIVING ENTREPRENEURIAL TRAINING TO STUDENTS FROM A NASCENT STAGE
In a world that has been constantly evolving and developing with technology and innovations, the K-12 schools have remained a stagnant entity. Education is primarily the driving force of every nation’s economy – directly or indirectly. No doubt, many schools have modernized themselves, and have taken to learning by doing as their students work in groups to brainstorm and solve problems, dabble in online learning, and integrate science with arts. Still, it is often observed that students who graduate lack the necessary skills and out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle and get through the modern-day workplace challenges. Teaching entrepreneurship does not only develop the capacity to start companies but even to think innovatively and ambitiously. Hence, including it in the school curriculum will prove beneficial.
How Management Curriculum Is Becoming More Industry Orientated
It is lamented in the Indian as well as in the Western higher education sectors that Business School education is lacking in industry relevance. It has been blamed that B-Schools are using an outdated curriculum, having less focus on skill-building, unable to establish ‘industry connect’ and failing to impact graduate attributes that are valued by today’s employers such as problem-solving and decision-making skills, leadership, work effectively as a team member, intrapreneurship, and the ability to grasp and manage complexity and dynamics in organizations and in the profession. Both employers and management educators are of the view that there is a gap between B-School academia and industry, that they couldn’t do much to bridge this gap.
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