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Atย ASMAโ€™s Thought Leadership Forum, reimagining the education ecosystem: Shaping digital leadersย the key topic of discussion was how to reimagine education and shape thoughtful leaders for a better tomorrow. What the 2020 pandemic highlighted was the need for a digital transformation to change how we perceive education. Until the pandemic, classes were conducted offline, and when there came a need for digitization, what educators, students, parents, and the whole world realized was the need toย make India digitally smart.

Theย New Education Policy (NEP)ย has made some significant changes in this space by addingย vocational coursesย to harbor anย environment of learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship.ย Many educators, VCs, and other important personalities attended the forum and expressed their views on education and highlighted the need for making a change.ย 

The academic keynote speakerย was Dr. Rajan Saxena, Management Guru & Veteran Educationist, and Former VC โ€“ NMIMS.ย The Industry keynote speakerย was Amit Das, Director HR & CHRO – Bennett Coleman Co. Ltd. (Times of India Group). The expertย speakersย of the forum were Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad, Director – Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management, and Dr. Parag Kalkar, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management – Savitribai Phule Pune University, Dr. Manish Kothari, Founder and Managing Director – ISBR Business School. The panel discussion wasย moderatedย by Prof. R S S Mani, Vice President – Institutional Development – ITM Group of Institutions.

Dr. Rajan Saxena expressed his views on ourย educational systemsย requiringย rethinking, reimagining, and re-strategizing. He emphasized the significance of the need forย high-quality education that is inclusive of today’s workforce and more skill-based, and value-centered.ย He thinks that we need to adopt a mentality where we concentrate on students producing research that is based on productivity and quality. The educators and students of today mustย strongly emphasize creating breakthroughsย that will benefit society as a whole in addition to digital technologies, AI, and machine learning if we want to create an environment thatย encourages creativity and entrepreneurship.ย Modificationsย are required if we wantย international students to enroll in Indian institutions.

Mr. Amit Das, the Industry Keynote Speaker focused onย reimagining the educational ecosystem and developing tomorrow’s digital leaders.ย Character development must be the main goal of education. We must help students become more moral, passionate, and logical while preparing them for profitable and fulfilling careers that add value to society.ย 

Pupils should learn and need to be capable of learning.ย Less emphasisย should beย on teaching contentย andย more onย teaching studentsย how to think critically and solve problems.ย For theย expansion of our economy,ย we must innovate, adopt, and incorporate what we learn from a commercial standpoint.ย Toย build a stronger workforce, a focus on skill development is necessary.

Prof. RSS Mani was the moderator speaker who emphasized theย glocal theory.ย He strongly believes that while we may derive the best practices from anywhere in the world but what use is it if we can’t adapt them to our needs? He also expressed his views on no matter how technologically advanced we get, it can never replace the importance of a Guruji in the life of a student. He also used the termย “Phygital”ย which is theย merging of physical and digitalย as we move on to using both these platforms when it comes to education. He urged us toย look into the experiences of institutesย that haveย survived and given the best to their students during the pandemicย focusingย onย their point of view and implementing some of their techniques.

Dr. Ch. S. Durga Prasad discussedย digital leadership and how it involves having a strategic mentalityย that willย enable you to utilize the resources at your disposalย andย establish plans for the future by those goals.ย He even offered his professional advice on how to best prepare our instructors for using digital tools so that they can create inclusive classrooms for both kids and teachers.

Dr. Parag Kalkar spoke on digital leadership from his point of view and emphasized how it is aboutย having a strategic mindsetย that makes use of the resources at hand while making plans for the future.

He emphasized some of theย major issuesย that theย teachers faced throughout the pandemic.ย He claimed that at the beginning of the epidemic, when lectures lasted longer than an hour, engagement was poor and there was a great deal of pressure on the professors. As a result, the lectures had to be split between two teachers to lessen the pressure. Student participation and the increased demands placed on instructors were major issues. The challenges that teachers faced required them to adapt their teaching strategies overnight. He also emphasized the necessity for instructors to have extra digital tools so that their teaching strategies may be improved.

Dr. Manish Kothari expressed his views on howย artificial intelligence and machine learning may make life simpler.ย You canย expand your horizons as systems become more automated and internet databasesย become more prevalent. You can now have an alumni database that aids in employment generation.

An expert moderator is someone who canย maintain a cohesive environment,ย ask relevant questionsย to the speakers and help bring out as much of their knowledge or expertise as possible and that is exactly what our expert moderator Prof RSS Mani did. The forum came to end with all our speakersย engaging in a thoughtful discussionย where points of view, the problems they faced during the pandemic, and different experiences were shared.

This yearโ€™s ASMA thought leadership forumย highlighted theย need for modifications to the current educational institutionsย because things have drastically changed since the pandemic. Today, we consider education not only from the standpoint of physically attending classes offline but also from the perspective of online education.

To keep up with the growing interest among students in online and distance learning,ย digital education is a necessity.ย In anย atmosphere that supports creativity and the subsequent generation of entrepreneurs, the event also underlined the need to rethink education and move toward skill development.

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