12th WES 2018 brainstormed about innovations in education

In a bid to showcase the innovations, initiatives and best practices being followed across the globe in the education space, Elets Technomedia organised the 12th World Education Summit (WES) 2018 in New Delhi on 9-10 August.

Inaugurated by Uttarakhand’s Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat and Nagaland’s Higher & Technical Education Minister Temjen Imna along with other eminent dignitaries, the summit was divided into segments: School Education, Higher Education, Expo and Awards.

During the first day of two-day long summit ministers and other officials launched the 150th issue of digitalLEARNING magazine.

“Due to shortage of funds in education that too mostly in the higher education, institutes are facing faculty shortage and lacking quality education. The Uttarakhand Government has recruited teachers through state public service commission which resulted into improved attendance of students in the institutions of the State. The attendance increased to 68% from 47 % within a short span of time,” said Dr Rawat.

“When we talk of higher education we are talking about the future of the state and the nation. Our professors and teachers are capable and qualified enough to impart world class education if given the chance and facilities. I can see zeal in our teachers”, he added.

“India is a young nation with 65 per cent of the population under 35 years, and half the country’s population is under 25. Education is needed for the youth and country to grow, but due to lack of funds education institutes are suffering with shortage of faculty and facilities,” said Temjen Imna Along.

The 12th WES witnessed insightful discussions on various aspects of school and higher education for two days. Eduleaders from Dubai and the UAE, India, UK and various parts of the world along with industry leaders deliberated upon the subject of futuristic education spectrum, said Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd CEO and Editor-in-Chief Dr Ravi Gupta.

 Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical education, Government of Gujarat, said “Country’s present higher education system was aimed at creating machine out of human being and showcasing students as models for selling a product. Students are being taught learning books and instead of innovations. Government in Gujarat is now focusing on innovations and start-ups at college level. Each innovative project is being provided Rs two lakh aid and about 550 projects have been funded till date.”

Ashutosh Pednekar, Secretary, Higher Education and Commissioner College Education, Government of Rajasthan, said “Biggest problem from college pass outs is finding a job. Rajasthan Government is tying up with various companies and IGNOU for skill based development of students. It has already tied up with CISCO and Microsoft for training of students and faculty from colleges in the state. Students will be awarded certificates on successful completion of the various courses.”

Speaking during the Summit, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe said, “We have to gear ourselves for the new education era and should transform our educational patterns to empower students.”

The expo witnessed unique yet effective teaching methodologies, networking and product interactions among different sections of the education stakeholders. Over 50 exhibitors showcased their new initiatives in edtech at the summit.

Awards presented to leading schools, higher education institutes and edu-tech corporate during the summit aimed to recognise, highlight, honour and encourage leading models/projects/processes of excellence and sustainable innovations in school and higher education.

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