The conclave was a robust platform for all important stakeholders in the education industry to debate on the major current trends in the education sector - Globalisation of education and innovation in education both from the point of view of technology and infrastructure. The conclave also shed light on the importance and difference between Universities/institutions ranking and ratings in the education system. In the side-lines of conclave, an international education student fair was also organised that witnessed participation of more than 900 students across the country.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman - All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recently at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. The conclave was exclusively supported by Federation of Leaders in Academics, Research and Education (FLARE) and Indian Education Network (IEN).
The All India Survey on Higher Education 2016-17 says that while about 5 lakh students travel abroad to pursue higher education, there are just 47,575 students of foreign nationalities studying in Indian universities. Aiming to increase the inflow of foreign students to Indian universities, the union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar, on Friday, announced April 18 as the launch date of the Study in India programme. Government of India's new mission for Study in India programme is to bring 10 lakh foreign students into the country.
Speaking about the importance of internationalisation of education at the conclave Honourable Chief Guest Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman - All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said, "India is far better than countries that are non english speaking when it comes to education. The country of our size where we have about 800 Universities, 40,000 Colleges and 10,000 Technical Institution, I think we have a huge potential to attract students from all over the globe. This isn't the case long ago, when universities like Nalanda attracted students from all over the world. The missing factor today is better quality education. As far as the cost of education is concerned, it is less as compared to most of the countries. And if quality of education is improved I am sure we can attract lakhs of students within sometime. There is already a project by govt. of India MHRD to attract student from abroad."
"One of the program launched year and a half ago is named GIAN-Global Initiative of academic networks under which foreign faculty from any university can be invited to an Indian institution for a week or two. The expenditure will be taken care by the HRD Ministry. About thousand faculties from different part of the world have been visiting different institutions in India. In these one or two weeks of crash courses these faculties learned about our education system and found it very valuable for the global education," he added.
Sahasrabudhe further spoke about the declaration of 'institution of excellence' in the world-class university scheme by the Union government, "10 institutes will be selected in the government sector and 10 in private sector, there are about more than 100 applicants. In couple of months 10 Public universities and self-financed private universities will be declared as institution of excellence. Although there is no funding for private universities but at least the tag will help them in granting themselves as 'institution of excellence' to attract students from abroad. On the other hand, 10 Public universities will also get INR 1,000 crores funding in next 5 years to increase and improve facilities in their institutions that will also attract foreign faculty. The nation is moving towards facilitating the institutions/universities who are performing well."
The first session 'Internationalisation of Indian Education to attract International Students' was moderated by Prof. B.S. Satyanarayana - Vice Chancellor, BML Munjal University (BMU). Joining him as penalists were Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra- Chancellor, Shobhit University, Dr. Vijay Khare - Director International, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Dr. Palak Sheth - Director Planning and Development, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU).
The discussion at the session revolved around getting international faculty from all over the globe as it will give international weightage and help to attract students. The topic highlighted that government colleges and universities still have some restriction to hire foreign faculties but other self-financed private universities should use this method to attract students from abroad.
Ratings, Rankings and Accreditations of Higher Education Institutions in India session was moderated by . Santosh Karnanada - Head Client Relations, QS IGAUGE with panellists . Manish Kumar Jindal - CEO, National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), Dr. Pankaj Gupta - Executive Director, O P Jindal Global University, Dr. Sanjay Sirivastava - Managing Director, Manav Racha Group of Institutions and Vice Chancellor, Manav Rachna University.
Key take away from the session was with the country of this size mapping all the universities is not feasible by one agency. Hence ranking and ratings of Indian institutes should be done by accredited 4-5 bodies. It will be important to ensure that the basic parameters and the evalution criteria for the rating agencies should be same so that the institution that are participating in different agencies gets the score under same parameters. It will help the students with better and transparent information while choosing the right university / institution.
Last session of the conclave 'Innovation in School Education leading to overall transformation of students' was Moderated by . Ashish Khare - Sr. Mathematician with panellists Shipra Singh - Vice President, Apar Technologies, Manju Gupta - Principal, Kothari International School and . Anupam Kaushik - Founder, EdMonks.
The session concluded with two key takeaways:
We need to look at the larger perspective in the long run where students are allowed to choose subjects of their choice
By the time that happens there has to be changes in Course, curriculum, use of technology to empower teachers, education with practical examples and should inculcate activity-based education
Speaking at the event, . Siddharth Jain, Chief Strategy Officer of Education Worldwide India and Founding member of Federation of Leaders in Academics, Research and Education (FLARE) said, "Outbound mobility among Indian students has increased over the past few years. India is the number two senders to several top and emerging education destinations, including the U.S., Canada, and Australia. According to data from a number of sources, seven top and emerging destination countries - including the United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, China, New Zealand, and Germany - collectively saw Indian enrolments rise 103 percent between 2005-2018. Being in the education industry for last 15 years, data revealing facts like around lakhs of Indian students going abroad to study and only handful (around 47,575 thousand) coming to study in India was a matter of concern."
"Back in 2005 we started working towards reversing the situation by tapping students from mainly ASEAN, SAARC, African and West Asian countries. Our continues effort of highlighting Indian education in the foreign countries has been doing tremendously well as we can see the outcome. Government has also been making several reforms like "lucrative fee waivers" to foreign students to promote study in India. Education Worldwide India Leaders conclave and international students fair 2018 is our first effort this year where the educationalists, leaders of institutions, academics and researchers from around the world came together to discuss major topics pertaining to Study in India. I am glad to see the overall response. We shall be coming up with the next edition very soon," he added. (NewsVoir)