Game Changer Of Education
digitalLEARNING|August 2019
Last few years have witnessed sea changes in the Indian education sector as it has been reshaped by the introduction of innovative teaching-learning practices, effective use of technology, collaboration with foreign universities for global standard of education and many others.

All these are helping in nurturing the competitive global citizens in India for the world.

In line with this positive backdrop, heavy responsibility has devolved upon the country’s educationists and educators to influence public policies in the same direction and simultaneously guide their own institutions of learning to provide game-changing prospects for generations ahead. Moreover, the responsibility is not only of education philanthropists and private education entrepreneurs or edupreneurs but has also devolved upon education ministers, bureaucrats, vice-chancellors, faculty and administrators of public universities, and principals and teachers of the country’s every educational institute. The positive side is that most of them are already practicing leadership skills to nurture institutions under their care into centres of excellence.

As education has been playing a key role in shaping up personalities and careers of a child, these visionaries are helping the sector to change and influence future career choices of most of them. There is a need to discern these leaders for their unique vision, choices and the paths they have chosen to guide, mentor or prepare hundreds of youths every year towards the goal of nation-building.

Beyond the realm of financial prospects, each of these game-changers has a strong desire to take their set of pupils ahead of others by enabling them to deliver the best with the help of innovative approaches. digitalLEARNING, Asia and Middle East’s first and only magazine on innovation in education, has played a vital role in highlighting the best practices and visions of these game-changers since last many years. Through its thought-provoking write-ups, the magazine has been discussing their challenges and helps them in interacting face-to-face with the solution providers on a common platform.

These game-changers include many political leaders, government officials, school owners, principals, and others. These are known to be leaders in the education landscape. They’ve always stressed upon adopting better education practices, the requirement of new government policies or amendments in them, the role of teachers, school management and parents for better learning outcomes of students among others.

Based on their perspectives, Akash Tomer of Elets News Network (ENN) takes a look at the top game-changers linked to the education landscape over the years who inspired others with their wisdom.

Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Keshav Javadekar (born 30 January 1951) is an Indian politician. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and currently serving as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting.

Following the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 Indian General Election, he was appointed Minister State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He was also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and briefly held the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting.

He was made the HRD Minister in 2016. For a while, he was also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Information and Broadcasting. As the Education Minister, he ensured the establishment of the National Testing Agency as a premier and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission/fellowship in higher educational institutions.

He was also the Chief Guest at 2nd Annual Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave. The summit was held to promote an environment of innovations, employability, and entrepreneurship across the country. During his address, Javadekar said, “There is a new vibrancy in the education landscape of Rajasthan. A number of path-breaking measures have been implemented across the length and breadth of the State – a number of which are IT-led innovations that have transformed the whole educational content delivery across Rajasthan State’s schools.”

Dhan Singh Rawat

Dhan Singh Rawat (Born on October 7, 1972) is a Member of the Legislative assembly of Uttarakhand. He represents the Constituency of Srinagar Garhwal and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He completed basic education from his village school, and higher education from Hemvanti Nandan Bahuguna (HNBGU) and holds a Ph.D. degree.

During various events organisesd by Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, his gracious presence as a chief guest and valuable thoughts have made the audience know about the latest policies and Government’s key focus areas in the future. As the Chief Guest in 12th World Education Summit Delhi, he inaugurated it and shared his thought-provoking ideas on various aspects important for the holistic development of the nation and necessary to impart quality higher education in the country.

His efforts in Uttarakhand have helped the State to improve the higher education and bring it at par to the global standard. Sharing the efforts of the Uttarakhand Government for the betterment of the education sector, Dr. Rawat during the 12th World Education Summit Delhi said, “Due to shortage of funds in education that too mostly in the higher education, institutes are facing faculty shortage and lacking quality education. The Uttarakhand Government has recruited teachers through state public service commission which resulted in improved attendance of students in the institutions of the State. The attendance increased to 68% from 47 % within a short span of time.”

Temjen Imna Along

Temjen Imna Along, Minister for Higher & Technical Education, Government of Nagaland, is also the president of Bhartiya Janta Party’s Nagaland unit. He strongly asserted that his involvement in politics is simply to be able to influence the policies that would reign in ‘Sustainable and Equal opportunity for all-round development, so as to ensure a healthier future for the next generation’.

He has participated in various summits of Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd where he motivated the attendees to bring sustainable change in the education sector. Temjen Imna Along is a nonassuming, soft-spoken and philosophical person whose aim is to serve the people with a sense of social responsibility. During his addresses, Along touched various aspects like the importance of digitization in education and need of North East States’ inclusion for holistic development of the region.

During his address at 10th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave Chandigarh in March 2019 as a Guest of Honour, he emphasized that the quality of higher education plays an important role in the development of youth and country holistically. He said, “I’m glad that we have come to realize the importance of higher education and technical education in our country. There is a huge gap between industry and academia. I belong to the North-East part of the country which is a cluster of eight small states. In Nagaland, the minimum qualification to teach is a Doctorate degree and in our department, there is a dominance of women. So, it can be said that in Nagaland, women are more educationally empowered than men.”

Thokchom Radheshyam

Thokchom Radheshyam, Minister for Education, Labour and Employment, Government of Manipur, has been elected as a Memeber of Legislative Assembly from Heirok (Vidhan Sabha constituency) of Manipur in 2017.

He has participated in various events of Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd including 2nd Annual Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave Jaipur where he motivated the attendees to bring sustainable change in the education sector. While sharing his thoughts at our events, Radheshyam always emphasized on the importance of maintaining the standard of education not only in Manipur but also across the country.

Sharing his thoughts during the Summit, Radheshyam said, “Education is in an ever-evolving paradigm. Addressing challenges on a routine basis, finding their solutions and implementing innovative ideas to improve the educational landscape of Manipur, remain my key priority. Manipur is a small state with great diversity and I am here in this conclave to follow the very slogan of this event -- connect, engage and participate.”

Anil Swarup

Anil Swarup started his career in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in, 1981. His assignments in various Ministries of the Government reflected his in-depth knowledge and experience in visualising, conceptualising, articulating and implementing various schemes.

Swarup holds a Master's degree in Political Science from Allahabad University, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold medal for the best all-round student. At the very beginning of his administrative career, he was awarded the Best officer Award at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration amongst the officers of 1981 batch. As a strategic thinker and an innovative leader he has won several awards and nominations, the prominent ones being: Nominated as one of the “policy change agents” by The Economics Times during the years 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2016. He was selected as one of the 35 “Action Heroes” in India Today’s 35th Annual Edition.

Swarup attended various educational events organized by Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd where he shared about the various Government initiatives and also motivated every attendee to perform better in their respective areas of working.

Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe

Prof Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe joined the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as Chairman on 17th July 2015. Prof Sahasrabudhe graduated from BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, in Mechanical Engineering with first rank and Gold medal in 1980. He obtained Master's and Doctoral (with UGC Fellowship) degrees from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 1982 and 1989 respectively.

In his illustrious career of 31 years, Prof Sahasrabudhe held several important Academic, Research and Administrative positions. He started his career as Scientific Officer, at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1983 and moved to Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) as Engineer in the same year. He served as Lecturer and Assistant Professor at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) from 1987-1988 & again from 19891995, before joining IIT Guwahati as Associate Professor in 1995 and has been serving as Professor since 1999. Also, he served as Director, College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) since 2006 on deputation from IIT, Guwahati prior to joining as AICTE Chairman.

Dr. Subodh Agarwal

Dr. Subodh Agarwal, a 1988 batch IAS officer of ACS rank, has been formulating public policy in the Central and State governments, managing public sector organisations and leading administrative districts for the past three decades.

Known for his strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills, the senior IAS officer is noted for building

effective teams and providing hands-on leadership. He has always been the first choice for demanding assignments or managing organizations in crisis with a specific mission. He is a highly focused, motivated, analytical and organized with an eye for details.

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