“The Education system is not static, it is quite dynamic. What works well today, may not work in near future. In context of education sector, the aforesaid is true as traditional chalk-and-talk method of teaching is now being replaced by digital ways of learning,” Dr A Ashok, Secretary & Commissioner, Board of Intermediate Education, Government of Telangana and Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Basar, Telangana.
As a Co-Programme Chair at 9th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave Hyderabad, Dr Ashok has deliberated on various topics, issues and opportunities related to higher education ecosystem of Telangana. He was also among the key dignitaries who inaugurated the conclave.
Revealing about how the Government in Telangana is implementing various initiatives to improve the higher education in the State, he said, “Despite being the youngest State in the country, we are the pioneers in the education sector. We have set several landmarks in Indian education landscape. Telangana Government has taken various initiatives for different sectors with emphasis on education sector under the dynamic vision of our Hon’ble Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.”
“We are heading towards ‘Golden Telangana’ to achieve a considerable development in the State with education as the key focus area. Since the inception of the State, huge investments have been made into education sector. Along with providing equal opportunities of growth for every domain of education sector including pre-primary, school, higher education, and skill and vocational training, the Government has also established several universities across the State,” he added.
Dr Ashok stressed on innovation in vocational training as well. According to him, “Similarly in vocational training, institutes can’t only rely on one teaching-learning approach. They have to be diversified and must be in line with the technology advancement to make knowledge delivery more effective.”
He also discussed how Telangana as a State is working on various models to ensure that the students are employable. He revealed, “There are two models nowadays we are talking about employability model and industry-ready model. Industry-ready model seems to be the most appropriate as employers require the workers having enough hands on experience on a technology or machine to work on.”
Referring quality education as the foundation for higher education, Dr Ashok described how his department is ensuring the quality school education in the State. He said, “Good intermediate education is the foundation for good higher education. We are maintaining the global standards for curriculum to prepare knowledgeable, resourceful and competitive citizens. At the same time, we have strict norms for every school to maintain good standards of infrastructure, teachers and certifications. We have around 2,600 junior colleges in Telangana. To maintain certain standards and streamline processes, we have started schemes like online affiliation, integration of all the services with the mobile platform, conducting examinations within time, among others.”
Along with 9th Higher Education & Human Resource Conclave Hyderabad, Dr Ashok has participated in various previous events organised by Elets where he shared valuable thoughts to impart quality education.