The UPA government had ambitious plans to revamp the country’s education. But with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) unable to push important bills in the previous sessions of Parliament, this remains unfulfilled. In spite of the government’s inability, progress in education in India continues. It has seen several positive changes in policy practices. The last few years saw a series of reforms being proposed, which have been appreciated for revolutionizing this field.
The government has been successfully promoting digitization of classrooms and the use of ICT in education across India for some years. The result has been encouraging, but the final impact needs to be seen.
In this issue, we focus on technology trends that have strengthened the teaching and learning process. Interactive Whiteboards and other interactive solutions are now creating waves in the education sector, with innovative technologies also being a part and parcel of the overall education policies. Technology will be a leveler in the future with schools providing an interactive education. This edition also has a special feature on accreditation of professional courses.
We are also proud to announce the fourth edition of World Education Summit (WES) 2014 (http://wes.eletsonline.com/2014/), scheduled for 8-9th August 2014, New Delhi. This will carry forward the incredible success of the 2013 Summit. This year, the Summit will highlight innovations and best practices in the education sector. The Summit will gather together ministers and secretaries of education from various countries, stakeholders from civil society organisations, educationists, academia, Communities of Practices (CoP), corporate houses, international and national developmental organizations, donor and funding agencies, and decision-makers from the education industry. It will aim at enriching global efforts towards an inclusive education and analyzing the role of governments in the development and implementation of education policies.
We hope to have you at this year’s WES, where education leaders from around the globe are expected to gather. The conferences, exhibition, workshops and the award ceremony at the WES will provide a wonderful opportunity to stakeholders in the field of education, all over the world, to create opportunities of progress at all levels, namely – global, national, and regional.
I invite all to join in this platform and be a part of the resurgence in the education sector.
Dr Ravi Gupta