Learners’ Park; Manoj K Arora of BML Munjal University explains why India’s education system is going through an interesting phase
Manoj K Arora, Vice Chancellor of BML Munjal University shares his perspective on the opportunities and obstacles in the Indian education system with FE Education Online.
– What is the best thing about today’s education system?
The higher education system is going through a very interesting phase. The launch of the new education policy, the reorganization of regulators and accrediting bodies, dual degree programs, the emergence of e-learning and the emphasis on teacher training are some of the key initiatives of the Government of India, which will bring significant improvement in the quality of education. in the country.
Thought leadership at the top is very proactive in bringing about change in the education system. The greater robustness and flexibility of the education system would be the hallmark of our nation’s development, as we aspire to a developed nation in 2047, as envisioned by our Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech.
– What is one thing you would like to change in the system?
I would like to see our students competent, competent and ethical. Therefore, if the curricula have a seamless integration of vocational education courses, skills and values, it will change the character of education in the country.
In this process, the digitization of every aspect of education, from infrastructure to pedagogical learning processes, content design, development and delivery, and assessments, would become the fundamental requirement.
– What role has digital technology played in the evolution of the education system?
Today’s generation must be empowered to learn from anywhere, anytime, and at any point in their careers. And looking at the scale of education in India, we cannot maintain and sustain the quality of education unless the education system is digital. Blended learning, hybrid learning, MOOCs, flipped classroom learning, would become the order of the day.
– What has been the disadvantage of digital in education?
This would certainly require a change in mindset of students and professors, who themselves need to become digital, and therefore the training of the scholarly community to adopt and adapt the technology. Without this, the digitization of the education system will not succeed. So I don’t see any downside to it, provided you use it effectively. The arrival of 5G will certainly help improve the country’s digital infrastructure.
– What career advice would you like to give to students?
If we could make our education system so flexible that students could build their own degrees and specializations based on their career aspirations and passions, we might be doing the current generation a great service. The current breed of students are highly intelligent and are educated and career conscious. My only advice for them is to focus on learning and imbibing 21st century skills. They must build their own programs that are aligned with the career path they want to choose.
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