2023 will be a year of huge transformations with new Ed-tech companies on the horizon: Udayan Verma, MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul

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The ability to transmit lessons through cloud-based technologies that students in diverse geographic areas could learn from professors sitting thousands of miles away is a prominent technology that revolutionised education in 2022 shared Udayan Verma, Head- Admission & Outreach, MIT Vishwashanti Gurukul in an interview with Nidhi Shail Kujur of Elets News Network (ENN). Edited excerpts:

Tell us about your achievements in terms of ‘Innovation in Education’ during the year 2022.

MIT Gurukul is instituted on the philosophy of combining the best Indian traditional values with 21st-century technological advancements. While we strive to inculcate cultural aspects in our students, we have undertaken many innovations to make their educational journey at par with world standards. We have automated our admission process, and use an advanced CRM system to continuously interact with parents through emailers, zoom meetings and WhatsApp messaging. This has ensured two way communication and the betterment of the school fraternity with every stakeholder’s participation.

How will futuristic technologies transform education in the year 2023?

2023 will be a year of huge transformations with new Ed-tech companies on the horizon, more online course offerings, and the amalgamation of artificial intelligence, voice enablers, encryptions and decryptions in course content transmissions, and safe cyber spaces for student and faculty interactions. At MIT, along with a healthy in-person teaching and learning ethos, we will be automating much of our course content, using Google docs to upload important lessons plans, and also forming online calendar trackers that will help students and parents to keep note of important events including exams and cultural fests.

What are the innovations that accelerated the transformation of growth in the education landscape in the year 2022?

The ability to transmit lessons through cloud-based technologies that students in diverse geographic areas could learn from professors sitting thousands of miles away is a prominent technology that revolutionised education in 2022. Innovative ideas of twinning and dual degree courses between Indian and foreign universities, research linkages in increasing numbers, and huge amounts of student and faculty exchange programs post-Covid have also transformed the educational landscape. Finally, the ever-increasing introduction of overseas school curriculums in India from countries like Australia, Canada and the UK is also making an impact on Indian education.

What is your mission and vision to impact the paradigm shift of the education arena in the year 2023?

21st-century education should be for making the world a global village where everyone collaborates and works together. Keeping in mind this philosophy, MIT Gurukul will look to set up connections with overseas schools and universities to bring to our student’s information and opportunity for summer schools, internships, research projects, and international academic and co-curricular competitions in large numbers. This we hope will prepare our students to study abroad easily after 12th grade as they will get the requisite global exposure while being at school.