Strategies for Steering the Education Sector

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Amit Khare,
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development,Government of India

The wealth of nations is judged by the intellectual property they have and not by their physical or mineral wealth. There is a need for integration of societies and countries. We may have manufacturing in one place, the user maybe at another place, and the workforce maybe coming from a separate country. This means, whatever education and skill development we wish to have must be of comparable standards and be such that it can be trans-located from one region to another.

Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma,
Managing Director,National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology(NIELIT)

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Digital literacy is very important in today’s world. Also, mobile penetration is growing. So, we have to plan for e-content for the mobiles because that’s the best component through which we can reach the last miles. With increased internet connectivity, I also believe that we have to go for a virtual classroom system, as we have shortage of quality teachers. Lastly, to enhance employability we have to focus on skill development.

Vimal Wakhlu,
Chairman & Managing Director,Telecommunications Consultants India LimitedEducation is a great enabler as well as leveller. We have worked with former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s Pan-African e-Network project. It is one of the most successful projects where 10,000 students from 48 countries across Africa are enrolled in live, face-to-face classroom sessions. As we have seen from Pan-African model, there is a lot of potential for cooperation at the global level in terms of sharing of knowledge, content development, increasing accessibility, and improvisation of technology for e-networks.

Dr Akhilesh Gupta,
Secretary, University Grants Commission

The Government of India’s investment in research is roughly 0.95 percent of the GDP, and it aims to increase this to two percent by the end of this plan period. We are working on the Singh-Obama Knowledge Initiative, and working for collaborations between foreign and Indian universities for the purpose of research and innovation.

Dr S S Jena,
Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling

Globally, the open learning education resources have gained a great momentum and we must pace ourselves with this particular approach for improving quality in education. We have to create a safety net for the disadvantaged groups or school dropouts so that they complete their education up to secondary level. We should collaborate and develop good quality resources that will be available at a particular platform.

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