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Posted on January 24, 2022

  • The 3-day inaugural conference of the 3-month-long “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Education Summit 2022” comes to an end; Focused weekly roundtables will continue through April
  • A wide range of eminent speakers discussed, debated and shared their opinion on how the Indian education system should evolve in a digital world.
  • The general conclusion was that an inclusive, future-ready and technology-based model of education will be the new paradigm and can transform India into a global knowledge leader.

Bengaluru: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Education Summit 2022′, organized by Summit India in association with Tech Avant-Garde (TAG), has successfully completed Phase 1 of its event. The 3-day inaugural conference of the 3-month summit concluded with enlightening debates, discussions and deliberations. More … than 10000 people including pedagogues, teachers, parents attended the conference during these 3 days.

The 3-day inaugural conference began with a message from the Honorable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, followed by a recorded speech by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, on NEP2020. The congratulatory message was given by the Honorable Governor of Karnataka, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The inaugural 3-day conference saw policy makers, leaders, educators, bureaucrats, education agency heads and industry players speak, discuss, deliberate on the future of learning and what what we should be doing to ensure that our Indian education system remains robust and relevant. Some of the speakers included names like Smt. Annapurna Devi, Minister of State for Education of India, Sri. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Minister of State for Skills Development. Entrepreneurship, Electronics & IT., Smt. Renuka Singh, Honorable Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Sri. MK Sridhar, member of the NEP 2020 editorial board, Professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, President AICTE, Professor Sridhar Shrivastava, NCERT Director, Dr Biswajit Saha, CBSE Skills & Training Director, Mr KV Vincent, ASISC National Secretary, Sri. Atul Kothari, National Secretary, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan, Dr. Vinnie Jauhari, Director – Education Advocacy, Microsoft India, M/s. Kirti Seth, CEO, IT-ITES Industry Skills Council, NASSCOM, Mr. Rahul Tandon, Design Lead, BBP and Mrs. Roshini Kumar, President, High School Corp.

Here are some of the main outcomes of these discussions:

● India needs to rethink its education system. The model that has served us well until today is outdated and will not help prepare our children for the new future, NEP 2020 should be adopted in daily educational practices.

● We are at the end of the information age and are entering the knowledge age. An educational system based on the accumulation of information will be very inadequate

● Educators and parents are concerned about the changing social, economic and technological landscape and need help and support to navigate the digitally transformed post-pandemic education ecosystem

● We need to make our children multidimensional in their abilities. Acquiring tangible skills, physical and digital, will be key

● The challenges and opportunities of a digitally transformed world are immense. An inclusive, future-ready and technology-enabled education system will be key to meeting these challenges and transforming India into a knowledge-age global superpower.

● Summit organizers contacted examination boards, universities, schools, colleges, board members, principals, teachers, parents and suppliers. The vision is to reach 10 million educators and the parents of 250 million students to raise awareness about NEP2020 and the new kind of learning, blended learning.

● The Summit is supported by NCERT, AICTE, ASISC, NIELIT, Canara Bank, Universal Sompo General Insurance, Tech Avant-Garde, Maha Learning Tab and Edqart. The summit is taking place on the Knowledge Future Conclave platform.

Speaking at the event Smt. Annpurna Devi, Minister of State for Education of India, noted “India has always been a seeker of knowledge. We must draw inspiration from our past while preparing for our future. The education system that has served us so well to date has its limitations and may not be ready to meet the needs of the future. NEP2020 is prepared to keep future needs in mind as it incorporates feedback from different eminent people in the education sector. It is framed by keeping the changing landscape of education and learning and will help take India to greater heights.

Speaking to parents at the event and emphasizing the importance of equipping students with the right skills, Shri Rajeev Chandrashekar, Honorable Minister of State for Skills Development, Entrepreneurship, Power and IT. said: “I encourage all parents to ensure that children learn multidimensional skills to prepare them for the future. Whether it’s traditional skills or carpentry, carpet making, it doesn’t matter. Children need to learn digital skills, not just digital literacy. Parents must now know that the future of India and the future of our children for the next 10 to 20 years will be totally different. Globalization will bring many opportunities and most of them will be digital in nature. It’s going to be very different, very positive and very digital. Every parent should be aware of this and every parent should prepare their children for this.

Speaking at the inaugural event, Smt Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, said, “This education summit will have broad participation from the tribal, rural and urban sectors of our nation. Including public and private centers, schools and higher education institutions. Knowledge The Future has emerged at the forefront of the quest to create a more educated, meaningful, purposeful, harmonious, and compassionate society. The summit will include varied sessions focusing on digital transformation and holistic learning as well as NEP2022. »

The inaugural event also included Shri Audimulapu Suresh, Minister of Education, Andhra Pradesh who spoke about the need to develop students with the right resources. He said, “Our students need to be ready for the market. and prepared to face challenges when they leave school in the years to come. Industries are constantly evolving with technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, etc. Consequently, our institutions must no longer be solely specialized. As NEP2020 envisions, institutions should evolve to become multidisciplinary.

Speaking on the new model of education, Sridhar Shrivastava, Director, NCERT, said: “Education, in the future, must be adaptive. It must have three key elements: flexibility, accessibility and personalization. A child must have the flexibility to learn what he wants, to have access to right teachers, content and ecosystem, and the pace of learning and modules should be tailored to their needs and temperament.We focus on building the right digital technologies combined with well-trained teachers to deliver these elements in the new model of education.

The event also had thought leaders including Swami Mitrananda, Chinmaya Mission who spoke about the concept of the event. He said, “The very title of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam inspires us. We, the people of Bharat, were the first to affirm that not only our world, but the entire universe is our family. This was the education that Bharat had – unity or Ek Atma Bhava. This education is very important for us to live harmoniously, and we, the people of Bharat, are the keepers of this knowledge.

Several educators were also present, both as speakers and participants. Speaking at the event Dr A Chhalamayi Reddy, director of the Shri Aurobindo International School, said: “Sri Aurobindo establishes this, and I quote – It is an education proper to the soul, to the action, to the temperament and to the Indian culture that we seek. Not indeed, something faithful simply to the past, but to India’s developing soul, its future needs, the greatness of its coming self-creation and its eternal spirit.

Speaking of the summit format, Shri Shyam Jaju, The President of Summit India said, “The fact that this landmark event had to be held virtually due to Omicron indicates the impact of the pandemic. However, the fact that the summit is virtual helps it reach a much wider audience, which indicates the power of NEP 2020. I thank all our dignitaries, education experts, vice-chancellors, who took the time to participate to this event and made it a great success.”

Shri Mahesh Verma, Secretary – Summit India, further added, “The vision of NEP2020 is attuned to the changes we are seeing in the education sector. The impact will really be felt when we reach the maximum number of people in the minimum time and develop awareness. We hope this 3 month summit will help us achieve this.

Due to popular demand from several educational institutions, educators, teachers, and parents, the inaugural 3-day conference will be webcast between January 27, 28, and 29 and will be open to everyone.. After the three-day conference, weekly roundtables will take place from February 5and until April 9, 2022. These discussions will delve into the various challenges and opportunities in the world of education arising from a digitally transformed post-pandemic world. The three-month summit will focus on National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020), Digital Transformation and Holistic Learning (DTHL) and the role of blended learning in enabling India’s education system to reinvent itself and develop. move towards a robust system. framework in line with the needs of the digital native student.

Speaking of blended learning and the role of technology, Ali Sait, President of Summit India South and CEO, Tech Avant-Garde, said, “Communities are just beginning to harness the potential of technology for learning. In a world where knowledge is the number one asset, the benefits of this collaborative, information-rich, technology-enhanced learning environment must be extended even further to enable students, teachers, schools and entire communities to learn without limits. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – Education Summit 2022 is one such initiative that will raise awareness about blended learning and NEP 2020 that is helping to reinvent education and make our society – Future Ready.

The 3-month ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Education Summit 2022’ will open dialogues between thought leaders, bureaucrats, policy makers, industry players and educators. With the unrest induced by the pandemic, there is a lack of clarity on the best way forward. These events were designed to offer educators guidance in a collaborative yet flexible way.