9th Higher Education & Human Resource Conclave ends with a promise to keep innovating Telangana’s education sector

To showcase innovations in Higher Education and the best practices of Human Resource across the globe, Department of Collegiate & Technical Education, Telangana State Council of Higher Education and Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education in association with Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd organised 9th Higher Education & Human Resource Conclave Hyderabad on 4-5 February, 2019.

The conclave was inaugurated by Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Collegiate and Technical Education Department, Government of Telangana; Prof J Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education; Dr A Ashok, Commissioner & Secretary, Intermediate Education, Government of Telangana and Vice Chancellor, IIIT, RGUKT, Basar, Telangana; Dr Narsimha Reddy, Executive Director, Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology; Rinki Dhingra, Group President and Country Head, Yes Bank; Amala Akkineni, Director, Annapurna International School of Films and Media; Dr Neetu Bhagat, Deputy Director, All India Council For Technical Education, MHRD, Government of India; and  Prof Limbadri, Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Government of Telangana.

As a Chief Guest of the conclave, Navin Mittal discussed about different revolutions occurred in education sector. He said, “The previous educational revolution helped us to use technology effectively for even correcting spellings and punctuation. The next Educational Revolution 4.0 is likely to focus more on Personalised Learning and one of the examples for it is Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).”

Dr A Ashok, Commissioner & Secretary, Intermediate Education, Government of Telangana and Vice Chancellor, IIIT, RGUKT, Basar, Telangana, described how the department using technology to provide services effectively. He said, “All the services related to colleges and students are now available on mobile platforms to support them.”

Describing about various initiatives of All India Council for Technical Education to boost employability among youth, Dr Neetu Bhagat, Deputy Director, AICTE, said, “One of the initiatives taken by AICTE to boost employability among students is making internships compulsory for technical institutions.”

The special guest at the two-long conclave Amala Akkineni, Director, Annapurna International School of Films and Media, stated, “We are all in a world which is changing rapidly and every industry including  education are catering to these changes by nurturing creative minds.”

A special issue of digitalLEARNING magazine showcasing education higher scenario in Telangana State was also launched by the eminent dignitaries.

“Digital Campus platforms may help the students and colleges to transact easily and in a secure way,” said, Rinki Dhingra, Group President and Country Head, Yes Bank.

Department of Collegiate and Technical Education, Government of Telangana, also signed an MoU with Yes Bank on “Digitisation of Financial Transactions in Technical Institutions”.

The Government-Industry-Academia partnership was strengthened during the second day of 9th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave. A galaxy of edu-leaders, decision-makers, HR Professionals and regulators of prominent educational institutions, came together to discuss and deliberate on the same.

“Bridging the gap between Government-Industry-Academia requires consistent efforts, it can’t be achieved in one day,” said Navin Mittal.

Explaining about the importance of good communication skills, Dr Ashok said, “Most of our students in RGUKT come from rural areas. We encourage them to improve their communication skill to ensure they get a good job.”

Venkatesh Palabatla, Chief Human Resources Officer, GMR Hyderabad International Airport, discussed the likely effects of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He said, “Advances in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence will inevitably promote automation, change job prospects and drive skilled labour demand.”

In one of its kind sessions — Fire Side Chat Round, Sudhakar Rao, Director-Branding, ICFAI Group asked Dr R S Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare & Tribal Welfare Residential Education Institutions, Government of Telangana, about his various initiatives to improve education level among girls and children from marginalised sections of the society.

Dr Kumar said, “In the schools of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), students of seventh grade visit villages and fruit and vegetable markets to understand why farmers are not getting enough value of their crops despite a lot of hard work.”

In answer to one of the questions of Sudhakar Rao, Dr Kumar Said, “We follow the concept of ‘Love or Leave’ for teachers at TSWREIS. It means if you can’t love the students please leave as it is a must to nurture good human beings.”

Describing TSWREIS is spreading equity for education among its students, Dr R S Praveen Kumar said, “We discourage using “Dalit” word in our schools, we don’t judge children by their colour, profession of parents or place of birth. We judge them by their mental capabilities.”

The two-day long summit witnessed sessions on higher education and human resource. The first day of the summit had sessions related to higher education on topics like: Best Practices & Innovations in Higher Education: Way Ahead; Ensuring Employability and Entrepreneurship through Education; Private-Public Participation in Higher Education and others.

On second day of the conclave, panel discussions focussed on HR practices with topics including Government-Industry-Academia Collaboration to bridge the gap; Academic Curriculum to meet issues and challenges for employability; Human resource’s Role in the changing scenario of employment, innovations and entrepreneurship in the new India, and others.

During the 9th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave, over 50 institutes were felicitated from across the southern region of country for their exemplary contribution to impart quality education.

The summit also included industry presentations from renowned edupreneurs, stakeholders, and industrialists on their latest innovations and the best bractices.

The organisation will host the 10th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave Delhi on 15 March, 2019.