New Delhi, 10/12/19: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Inaugurating the FICCI ARISE Conference on School Education on Monday 9th, advocated for including gender studies in the educational institutions so that children learn to respect and become sensitive towards people of all genders from an early age.
Further he called for value based education and said that education is not just for employment but also for empowerment and enlightenment of individuals and the society. He stressed upon inculcating values such as patience, honesty, respect, tolerance and empathy in the students. He also said that the foundations of Education should be imparted through the mother tounge.
Mr Naidu appreciated the increase in the capacity of India’s higher education sector in the last two decades, but expressed concerns over the reports pointing out a decline in employability of the graduates.
“Globally, there is a dramatic change in the way teachers are teaching and learners are assimilating knowledge”, he said and highlighted the need to move away from rote learning and to focus on analytical and critical thinking abilities among students.
“The new wave of technologies has transformed our industry and society in an unprecedented manner,” the Vice President said and stressed that “the skills needed for future workforce will be totally different”.
The theme for this year’s FICCI ARISE Conference was ‘Future Ready Learners and Schools’. The 2 day Conference witnessed participation of more than 700 delegates including state and central government officials, regulators, prominent educators, think tanks, consulting firms and institutions from across India and the world.
Sandip Somany, President, FICCI; Naga Prasad Tummala, Chairman, FICCI ARISE & Chairman, People Combine Initiatives; Shishir Jaipuria, Governing Body Member, FICCI ARISE; Prabhat Jain, Founding Chairman, FICCI ARISE; Manit Jain, Co-Chairman, FICCI ARISE and Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
The second day of the conference witnessed high level pannel discussions on topis like “School Education: The Way ahead” & “Vocationalization of Education”. In the first panel discussion, the panelists talked how schools can meet the current challenge of providing all the students with the skills they will need to thrive in rapidly changing economy and society. One of the panelist, Rakshit Tandon, Consultant to IAMAI added important perspective by taking about how the technology is being abused by the students and how they need to be controlled through cyber hygiene.
In the second panel discussion on Vocationalization of Education, penalists stressed over imparting vocational education and training to make it aspirational, flexible, relevant, inclusive and creative.
While interacting with Ten News, Ryan Pinto, CEO at Ryan Group of Schools commented on new education policy that is being drafted. He said “It’s a very good initiative by the government, I hope that it will bring a lot of positive change in the Indian education system. I am also thankful that government enrolled all the stake holders in the education system while drafting the policy. So I am quite excited for it to be regulated.”
After the lunch, Chief Economic Advisor K. Subramanian addressed the gathering. While talking about the education, he said, “Investment in human capital enhances productivity in the economy, improvement in productivity creates jobs in the economy”
He also talked about the economic policies of the Government and backed the policy of disinvestment which has been criticized recently by many stakeholders.