Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched a year-long educational initiative to prepare students of government and private school for 21st century challenges.
“E21 Campaign” launched by the institute’s Entrepreneurship Cell (E-Cell) on Monday will focus on nurturing skills such as innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership and risk-taking among 150 students from various schools in Chennai.
Under the initiative, Educators from different sectors will illustrate learners how entrepreneurship empowers to gain the skills they need.
With the help of workshops cum lectures series, educators will teach students to think creatively and make innovations happen. The students enrolled for the campaign will also be mentored by students of IIT Madras in various aspects of life. The initiative is likely to support schools in making meaningful and sustainable improvements in education quality.
Launching the initiative, Raghavendra Hunasgi, Global Shaper, World Economic Forum (WEF), and Founder & CEO, ThoughtFolks Digital, said, “This was an apt platform and event hosted by the e-cell at IIT Madras covered the most crucial aspects. It’s high time we reconsider our style of education and tailor the courses that will create entrepreneurs and innovators.”
“The curriculum build a decade ago will no longer hold any relevance unless we couple it with new age technology courses and frameworks,” Hunasgi further added.
Explaining the importance of this initiative, Prof Ashwin Mahalingam, Faculty Advisor, E-Cell, IIT Madras, said, “This is a fantastic initiative. I am particularly happy that IIT-M’s students are taking the lead on this and I hope that their entrepreneurial zeal and academic excellence can be passed on to students from schools across the country.”