Technology cannot replace teachers says Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, UGC

Higher education system

Higher education system

Future education will be a blended education where institutes will be focused on delivering content with the quality. Along with this, the Higher education system in India should also focus on achieving sustainable goals which are important for our existence said Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, UGC who was expressing his view during the webinar organized by IIHMR University, Jaipur on ‘Heartful Leadership: Transforming Education and Supporting Sustainability’. The webinar organized in association with Heartfulness Institute, India (HFI), and UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCN) is addressed by veteran Indian and International thought leaders, academicians, scholars, and media professionals. The webinar was attended by 1000 plus participants.

Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan expressed his views on transforming education and supporting sustainability. He referred to the ancient system of education and said that the visionaries had identified the ways of transforming education way back. Due to CVID-19, people are in an adaptive mode of change. The education system in India has adopted and accepted the webinars so fast, which is remarkable but we should not make our education system automatic as technology cannot replace teachers.”

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General, AIU said, “COVID -19 enabled us to face the practical aspects of the education system in India. She suggested that within coming two months, Higher education institutes in India should be ready with technical infrastructure, capacity building of teachers and faculty staff, evaluate cost-effective online platforms where education can be imparted, assessment and evaluation system should be streamlined, placement and internship opportunities should be identified, national and international collaboration should be made for students and counseling and mental health session should be organized to culturally engage students.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University, Jaipur said, “We need to restrategize our existing education system and look of a more adaptive way of educating the future generation. The new online system has increased the screen time of students and faculties both, which might hamper their mental health in the near future. He also suggested that the immediate way of adopting heartful leadership is to treat students as we treat our son or daughter.  This will help students to get better guidance for their future.”

The webinar was witnessed by Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute (BIMTECH), and Alternate President, EPSI, Dr. D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM, Shillong, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice-Chancellor, SRM Institute, Chennai, Dr. Bhimaraya Metri, Director, IIM Tiruchirappalli, Dr. Elizabeth, Editor in Chief, Trainer & Curriculum Development, Heartfulness Institute, Mr. Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network, India, Dr. Ravi Gupta, Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia, and Dr. Geoffrey Clemants, Chairman, Commonwealth Infrastructure Partners, London, UK.

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