Reinventing the education system for a digitally transformed world

The inaugural 3-day conference of the 3-month-long ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Education Summit 2022’ concludes with a wide range of eminent speakers who discussed, debated and shared their opinion on the how the Indian education system should evolve in a digital world. .

‘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 10,000 people including pedagogues, teachers, parents attended the conference during these 3 days.

The 3-day inaugural conference began with a message from Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, followed by a recorded speech from Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on NEP2020. The congratulatory message was given by the Governor of Karnataka, 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 Annapurna Devi, Minister of State for Education of India, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Minister of State for Skills Development. Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT., Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, MK Sridhar, NEP 2020 Editorial Board Member, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, AICTE President, Prof. Sridhar Shrivastava, NCERT Director, DrBiswajit Saha , Director Skill & Training CBSE, KV Vincent, National Secretary ASISC, Atul Kothari, National Secretary, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan, Dr Vinnie Jauhari, Director – Education Advocacy, Microsoft India, Kirti Seth, CEO, IT-ITES Sector Skill Council, NASSCOM, Rahul Tandon, Design Chef, BBP and Roshini Kumar, President, Lycee Corp.

Principle results :

  • 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 The model that has served us well until today is outdated and will not help prepare our children for the new future, NEP 2020 should be adopted into daily educational practices.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 must 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 reached out to exam boards, universities, schools, colleges, board members, directors, teachers, parents and vendors. 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, Annpurna Devi, India’s Minister of State for Education, said, “India has always been in search of knowledge. We must draw inspiration from our past while preparing for our future. The education system that has served us so well thus far has its limits 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.

Addressing parents at the event and emphasizing the importance of equipping students with the right skills, Rajeev Chandrashekar, Honorable Minister of State for Skills Development, Entrepreneurship, Power and computer science. 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, Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, said, “This education summit will enjoy 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 featured Audimulapu Suresh, Minister of Education of 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 education model, Sridhar Shrivastava, Director of NCERT, said, “Education in the future must be adaptive. It should have three key elements: flexibility, accessibility and customization. A child should have the flexibility to learn what they want, have access to great teachers, content and ecosystem, and the learning pace and modules should be tailored to their needs and temperament. We focus on creating the right digital technologies combined with well-trained teachers to provide these elements in the new model of education.

The event also had thought leaders including Swami Mitrananda, Chinmaya Mission speaking 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, Principal of the Shri Aurobindo International School, said: “Sri Aurobindo establishes this, and I quote – it is an education that is proper to the soul, action, temperament and Indian culture, which we are looking for. Not indeed, something faithful simply to the past, but to the developing soul of India, to its future needs, to the greatness of his future self-creation and his eternal spirit.

Speaking on the format of the summit, Shyam Jaju, Chairman 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.”

Mahesh Verma, Secretary – Summit India, added, “The vision of NEP2020 is aligned with 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 5 to 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 transform itself. move towards a robust system. framework in line with the needs of the digital native student.

Speaking about blended learning and the role of technology, Ali Sait, President of Summit India South and CEO of Tech Avant-Garde, said, “Communities are only 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.

To register for the summit and attend these discussions or for more information, visit https://vasudhaivakutumbakam.live/