Dialogue India in collaboration with Showcraft Productions organized the 1st edition of its annual Dialogue India Academia Conclave followed by the 3rd Dialogue India Academia Awards Ceremony here in the NDMC Convention Centre, New Delhi today.
Introducing the conclave, Mr. Anuj Agarwal, Editor/Publicist Dialogue India shared, “Higher education in India especially in private sector is into its transition period. With investments reaching lakhs of crores, education is now a game for big players. This is the state of our higher education, where donations, fancy corporate cultures, new courses and extensive publicity is given more importance to trap students and little importance is given to the quality of faculty, education and student output.
Why is it that, having a hospital is compulsory with every private dental and medical college and imparting practical knowledge is not mandatory for private engineering and management institutions?
Deliberating on this in his keynote address, Mr. Pawan Sinha, Educationist and Spiritual Guru said, “If by 2020, India's population is expected to become the world's youngest with more than 500 million Indian citizens under 25 years of age and more than two thirds of the population eligible to work, we are speaking of a growing number of India's youth who will need the right educational infrastructure to develop skills and adequate opportunities to get employed or become entrepreneurs.
Prof Anand Mohan Agarwal, Vice Chancellor, GLA University, echoed the sentiment, saying, “Make in India has immense potential and every institution, every teacher, every mentor should carry the responsibility to educate the common mass so that they can equip themselves for the Global Market. Real education is that which enables one to stand on one's own legs.
Dr. Indira Parekh, Founder President, FLAME & Ex Dean/Faculty – IIM Ahmedabad added, “That the responsibility of building ”Make in India” is a collective one involving the Government, the corporate sector, education institutions and society at large. Each of us has a critical role to play and we should take that responsibility seriously.
The other prominent speakers at the convention included Speakers like Manohar Chellani (Founder - Education India Foundation), Prof (Dr) Prem Vrat (Vice Chancellor ITM, Gurgaon), Dr. B.R. Mehta (Schlumberger Chair Professor Department of Physics, IIT Delhi), Prof R.K. Lalwani (Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Dehradun), Prof. Avinash Singh (Pro-Vice Chancellor - Emeritus, University of Technology and Management), Dr Rajeshwari Narendran (Professor in IIM, Visiting Faculty – Harward), Dr Madhuri Parthi (Academician), Dr Rubina Mittal, (Prof, Delhi University), Dr Urvashi Makkar (Director, IMS, Ghaziabad) from the academia, who joined distinguished names from the Corporate like, Anurag Batra (Chairman, Business World), Dilip Chenoy (MD&CEO, National Skill Development Corporation), Dr Ajay Lekhi (President, Delhi Medical Association), Ashutosh Khanna (Partner, Kornferry International), Dr Rashmi Singh (Jt Secretary, Women & Child Development, GOI), Llyod Mathias (Head Marketing, Hewlett Packard), Shibani Kashyap (Singer), Himanshu Charuvedi (Chairman, HTC Sports Group).
The sessions of the day covered topics like “Can India become the hub for Higher Education”, “Should Private Education be declared as an Industry?”, “How to attract and motivate the right faculty?” and “How to engage the Industry and create job opportunities for the students?”, building a bridge between the private universities/colleges, government departments, academicians, policy makers and the Corporate sector to understand the role of the private academic institutions in building a great infrastructure to skill our youth and prepare them to Make in India.
Mr. Lalitt Gattani concluded with quoting Rabindranath Tagore, a strong advocator of education, “The greater part of our learning in the schools has been wasted as most of our teachers, merely repeat bookish knowledge mechanically without teaching anything and can never inspire, and without proper inspiration independent creative faculties can never develop.” We need to thus provide the right learning and skilling, as India’s progress depends on its young generation of today, who are the builders of tomorrow’s India.”