MEERUT, Uttar Pradesh, December 9, 2011 / Shobhit University, Meerut supported a National Conference on E-Education & Distance Education- Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education organized by ASSOCHAM on 8th Dec. 2011 at New Delhi.
Although India has survived with its higher education system for decades, now as it strives to compete in a globalised economy in areas that require highly trained professionals, the quality of higher education becomes increasingly important. So far, India’s large educated population base and its reservoir of well-trained university graduates have permitted the country to move ahead. But the competition is fierce. China in particular is heavily investing in improving its best universities with the aim of making a small group of them world class in the coming decade, and making a larger number internationally competitive research universities. Other Asian countries are also upgrading higher education with the aim of building world class-universities. Taiwan, which is a major designer and producer of IT hardware, is considering merging several of its top technological universities to create an “Asian MIT.”
Thus, to compete successfully in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, India needs innovative and creative models in higher education system that produces bright graduates to support sophisticated research in a number of scientific and scholarly fields and produce at least some of the knowledge and technology needed for an expanding economy.
Recognizing the importance of the subject a NATIONAL SEMINAR on E-education & Distance Education – Innovative & Creative Models in Higher Education to showcase the spectrum of horizon in the field of e-education and distance education which exists in India was organized in Delhi.
Key themes discussed at this summit were:
- E-education and distance learning practices and policies.
- Ideas for sustainable use of Open Education Resources in E-Education & Distance Education.
- The changing nature of e-learning and distance learning.
- Approaches to promote online and distance education.
- Impact of Technology on E-Education & Distance Education in India.
- Governance, policies and programs in relation to E-Education & Distance Education in India.
Key decision makers across the entire higher education eco-system from enterprises, educational institutions, education regulatory bodies, vice-chancellor, regulators, government agencies, service providers, system integrators, education technology providers and vendors attended.
“Technological innovation in the Indian education system is the need of the hour to equip our graduates to compete in the ever evolving global knowledge economy,” said Mr. Pawan Aggarwal, Adviser (education), Planning Commission while addressing an ASSOCHAM conference on higher education in New Delhi on 8th Dec. 2011, as the Chief Guest of the conference.
“Though India ranks third in the higher education system in the world but innovative, creative models in distance education and collaboration with research partners from across the world are imperative to transform the domestic higher education scenario,” said Mr. Aggarwal while inaugurating a National Conference on ‘E-education & Distance Education’ organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
“The universities and colleges must provide courses based on needs of the industry and ensure better placements for students,” said Mr. Vinay Rai, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Education. “Universities in India must focus on providing online degree programmes as distance learning is gaining a firm base in universities across the globe.”
“India requires a proper business model based on modern technology and can collaborate with countries like Canada to enhance the higher education system,” said H.E. Steward Beck, Canadian High Commissioner to India.
Among others who spoke at the event were: Mr. Anand Nagarajan, CEO, Dexler Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Anil Goyal, Director, Mexus Education, Mr. G.C.Sharma, Head-Financial Education (Schools and Universities) National Stock Exchange, Mr. Anurag Agrawal,Vice President iProf and many other dignitaries of repute.
The Valedictory address was delivered by Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra, Pro-Chancellor, Shobhit University, Meerut. Shobhit University was also represented by Prof. PP Singh Director General, Prof. Abhay Kumar Dean & Director and Mr. Devinder Narain, Head Corporate Relations at the conference.
During the Valedictory function Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra while highlighting the deliberations of the conference said, “We must find a path of collaborative progress instead of individual success stories in conferences like these.” He emphasized that the purpose of higher education is to empower the youth and that the fruits of technological innovations must percolate to the rural areas if the country is to progress. Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra emphasized that merely using new technology is not innovation. His views on the subject were widely acclaimed by those present in the conference.