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Purpose of higher education is to impart knowledge, says Dr Avinash G Kharat, Director – Academics, Jayawant Shikshan Prasarak Mandal

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Dr Avinash G Kharat

“The main purpose of higher education is to impart knowledge which is useful for the society,” said Dr Avinash G Kharat, Director – Academics, Jayawant Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Pune.

“As per the regulatory bodies, the education must help a person in finding out a problem, analysing it, apply knowledge and latest tools available and finding out a solution to the problem. To achieve the aforesaid, we need to transform our classrooms and teaching-learning practices,” he added.

Dr Kharat was among the key speakers at the 11th Higher Education and human Resource Conclave held at Pune. He shared various valuable thoughts that may help improve the Indian higher education sector and make youth skillful.

He also suggested that solving a problem must help the environment and society along with inculcating some necessary skills among students. According to him, “One must also consider environment, society and ethics while solving a problem. We must also focus on inculcating skills like teamwork and leadership. Another very important skill which is needed among students is communication.”

Explaining about how digital learning is changing the ways knowledge used to be imparted, he said, “There is a gradual shift from traditional learning to digital learning. Nowadays people prefer youtube or other online handles to learn new things like how to cook a particular recipe. One can access to the videos of world’s best cooks on internet. So, digital learning is the future and from that point of view, we need to change our educational patterns.”

“Use of digital learning will transform teachers into mentors and help the students attain something new. Every institution will become a part of the industry that will help in generating ideas,” he added.

Describing about how the association of industry and institute will benefit the both, Dr Kharat said, “The association of the two will help the institution to work on real life problems. To find solution to any of the problem, it will be important for the institutions to apply relevant knowledge. It will not only help students to gain hands on experience rather it will also help the institutes to become knowledge hub for a particular sector. Moreover for industries, they need not to spend huge amounts on Research and Development rather they just need to help institutions in carrying out the problem specific researches.”

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