HEIs need to keep fulfillment of SDGs, role of teachers in mind in delivery rethink post covid pandemic: UGC Vice-Chairman

Asserting that future education will be a blended education where institutes will be focused on delivering content with quality, Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, UGC, has called upon these HEIs to also focus on achieving sustainable goals which is important for our existence.

 He was speaking during a webinar organized by IIHMR University, Jaipur in association with Heartfulness Institute, India (HFI) and UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCN) on ‘Heartful Leadership: Transforming Education and Supporting Sustainability’ on June 22.

Dr. Patwardhan referred to ancient system of education and said that the visionaries had identified the ways of transforming education way back. “Due to CVID-19, people are in adaptive mode of change. The education system in India has adopted and accepted the webinars so fast, which is remarkable but we should not make our education system automatic as technology cannot replace teachers,” he added.

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, AIU speaking on the occasion said, “COVID -19 enabled us to face the practical aspects of education system in India.” She expressed optimism that within coming two months, Higher education institutes in India would be ready with technical infrastructure, capacity building of teachers and faculty staff, evaluate cost effective online platforms where education can be imparted, assessment and evaluation system should be streamlined, placement and internship opportunities should be identified, national and international collaboration should be made for students and counseling and mental health session should be organized to culturally  engage students.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University, Jaipur in his comments observed , “We need to restrategize our existing education system and look of more adaptive way of educating the future generation. The new online system has increased the screen time of students and faculties both, which might hamper their mental health in near future. So I am suggesting we should think of a way of adopting heartful leadership to treat students as we treat our son or daughter.  This will help students to get better guidance for their future.”

Several Indian and International thought leaders, academicians, scholars, and media professionals attended the webinar. Among those who participated include Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute (BIMTECH) and Alternate President, EPSI, Dr. D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM, Shillong, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRM Institute, Chennai, Dr. Bhimaraya Metri, Director, IIM Tiruchirappalli, Dr. Elizabeth, Editor in Chief, Trainer & Curriculum Development, Heartfulness Institute,Mr. Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network, India.