ICC organises “GEF 2019”

Kolkata
9 Feb 2019

Good work should not just be appreciated but also scaled up for the prosperity of the nation - Anil Swaroop, Former Education Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Government of India
Instead of over-subsidization of higher education more focus on primary education must be laid – Mr. Swaroop said. He also praised the Indian Chamber of Commerce for Globalised Education Forum 2019 and congratulated for selecting pertinent topics of discussion. He stated that it is important to identify, understand good work and find ways and means top scale it up. This will instill positive energy needed in the education sector. Mr. Swaroop stated that wisdom lies in the hinterland that needs to be recognized and utilized for the betterment of the sector. He felt that centralized regulation for education needs to be relooked. Also, unnecessary subsidization of higher education should be checked. It is more important to improve primary education infrastructure than just subsidizing higher education. He felt that DBT or scholarships to deserving students for higher education will be helpful instead of subsidizing and increasing the number of enrolments in the same.
Satyam Roychowdhury, Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University stated that by 2022 India will become home to world’s largest young workforce which implies that over 65% of the population will belong to the working age. This gives unprecedented demographic dividend and hence it becomes the most opportune moment for upgrading the skills of its youth that will help them to cater to the global job demand. It’s important to educate, train, skill, re-skill the youth in a manner that will not only create more jobs but will also enable the country to supply skilled manpower to the rest of the world. In other words, making the students future ready is the goal of the time. He stated that Bengal has always been the repository of talent in the country that has attracted investors in the education space to invest in the state and the just concluded BGBS is proof of this. He pointed out that this is the age of synergizing and collaboration. Thus it’s time for all stakeholders in the education space to integrate to create solutions that will prepare students to respond to Industry 4.0 seamlessly and build entrepreneurs for tomorrow.
Taranjit Singh, Managing Director, JIS Group stated that globalization is making the new generation intelligent. It is important to change ourselves and our mentality as per the education and career needs of the next generation. Only then will be the effect of globalization in education optimized.
Dr Partha Sarathi Ganguli, President, Jyotirmoy Education & Welfare Foundation stated that in India primary education takes place in vernaculars while higher education in English that is creating a gap. This is because after the primary education is done, our basic learning leaves our hands and causes us to learn a new language to attain higher education. This problem need addressed with much seriousness. He also stated that a lot can be done for making our human resource future ready through exchange of knowledge and views with global entities and this does not necessarily mean collaborating with global universities. He stated that top down approach will not help in the long run. Instead, strengthening the Indian education so that the country can become a net exporter of education is important.
Prof (Dr) Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Kolkata and Summit Chair set the theme of the GEF 2019 and stated that the main issue for the existing system is to help students and parents understand why they are pursuing a certain stream of education. Often the scenario is otherwise, and parental or peer pressure causes students to take up certain courses that they do not love and hence students end up just studying to get marks and not knowledge. Thus he felt that mind education should be more focused upon to boost outcomes. Also, he opined that industry-academia partnership should be understood and nurtured for a better tomorrow.
Kalyan Kar, ICC Executive Committee Member in his welcome address stated that to benefit optimally from globalization, the need of the hour is to identifying bottlenecks in the economy and move toward an inclusive higher education system by adopting global best practices and teaching methods, and meaningful collaboration with global top-class universities for capacity building and education management. Also, not just knowledge enhancement but also instilling innovation through education should be the goal. On the other hand knowledge exchange between India and other nations should be looked at with more seriousness where foreign nationals can come to attend the exchange programmes in India across various streams – be it historical or contemporary, be it solely academic or job-oriented – to gain from globalization. Mr. Kar also concluded the session with the formal vote of thanks. (EOIC)