conference on academic leadership

Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence jointly organised by UGC, AICTE, ICSSR, IGNCA, IGNOU, JNU and SGT University.

SGT University has always been in the front line for the changing needs of the education arena. The Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence is based on the theme to deliberate on the challenges facing the Indian education system and to work out a plan for a paradigm shift both in terms of achieving academic outcomes and also in the regulation of education.

The Conference inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister at 10:30 AM followed by breakout sessions covering eight thematic areas, namely: Improving pedagogy for learner-centric education- use of artificial intelligence for customised learning; From job seeking to job creating-improving innovation and entrepreneurship; Improving quality of research -focus on requirements of India; bringing synergy among educational institutions- pooling of academic resources like sharing of libraries and exchange of knowledge; Building inclusive and integrated campuses-taking up activities which could bring emotional attachments of students to the campus; Participatory Governance models- facilitating participation of students in governance processes; Building robust financial models- supplementing Government resources by getting funds from alumni and also from corporate; Promoting value education by building in universal values and life skills into education.

While addressing the conference the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the aim of education is an overall and balanced development of a person and this is not possible without innovation. He said that when one thinks of resurgence or revival, the first image that comes to mind is of Swami Vivekananda, who presented before the world, the strength of Indian thought. The Prime Minister recalled Swami Vivekananda’s emphasis on self-reliance, character building, and human values, as elements of education. The Prime Minister said innovation is another vital element of education today.

Shri Narendra Modi said that today, no country or person can live in isolation. He mentioned the importance of thinking in terms of ‘global citizen’ or ‘global village.’ He said our Universities and Colleges should be leveraged to find solutions to the challenges facing us. We should “Interlink Institutions to Innovate and Incubate”, he added. He urged students to link their classroom learnings to the aspirations of the country.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of preparing good teachers for society. He also said that scholars and students can take responsibility for spreading digital literacy and generating greater awareness of government programmes that can improve the ease of living.

More than 350 universities are participating in this programme. Prime Minister Modi said, 60 universities or institutions of higher learning have been given graded autonomy to improve the standard of education in the country. Vice-Chancellors and Directors from more than 350 universities are participating in the day-long conference.

Besides this, the valedictory session was chaired by Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar. During the session, each of the eight groups was supposed to make a presentation on the course of action that they had agreed upon. This was then debated further in the Plenary Session and it is expected that a comprehensive action plan would emerge from this deliberation for improving the higher education sector in the country.

This conference is in continuation of the efforts being made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for evolving an action plan for the transformation of the higher education sector.