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TMCNet:  Kapil Sibal Calls for A 10-Year Vision for Comprehensive Education Reforms

[November 07, 2013]

Kapil Sibal Calls for A 10-Year Vision for Comprehensive Education Reforms

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) NEW DELHI, Nov. 7 -- The Confederation of Indian Industry issued the following news release: Mr Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology called for reforms in the education system to make it child-centric. He criticised the tendency of dwelling over past and ignoring the future.

Inaugurating the two-day CII Global University-Industry Congress and 5th Higher Education Summit, organized jointly by CII and AICTE, Mr Sibal propogated a 10-year vision to create a comprehensive roadmap to facilitate radical reforms in education to ensure that India comes in the forefront of the world's education fabric. He also emphasised the need for making education compatible to leverage the technological advancements--such as cloud computing--happening world-wide. In this regard he advocated providing the students with low-cost devices that can facilitate access to educational material and global information anytime, anywhere. He stressed that there is absolutely no shortcut and compromise for reforms in education. He pointed out that investment in education will suffer in absence of legislation as it will create chaos and uncertainity. He called on academic institutions and industry to create enough pressure to bring about the required legislation in reforms in education.

Mr Sibal also gave away the AICTE-CII Award for Best Industry-Linked Technical Institutes and Best Chemistry Teachers Awards. The winner in the Best Industry-Linked Institute in Electronics & Communication category was PSG College of Technology. The award for Best Industry-Linked Institute in Mechanical Engineering went to College of Engineering Pune, for Electrical Engineering to Kongu Engineering College, for Civil Engineering to Walchand Institute of Technology, for Computer & IT Engineering to Sona College of Technology and for Chemical Engineering to Institute of Chemical Technology. XLRI Jamshedpur was declared the Best Industry-Linked Institute in Management. Bombay College of Pharmacy was adjudged winner in the Pharmacy stream.

Southern colleges dominated the awards yet again in the engineering category. While in its maiden year, the survey focused only on engineering institutes, its scope has been extended to 10 streams of engineering as against six last year and also the disciplines of management, pharmacy and architecture.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mantha said, "The distribution of scores across various colleges, although only indicative and a reflection of only the industry linkages of institutes, shows that majority (63 per cent) of colleges fall in the medium category. This is an encouraging sign and shows that though we may not be really there in terms of achieving something, we are definitely on the right path. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the experts, jury members, and CII for the wonderful job done. In years to come I hope this survey will become more participative and more inclusive of all disciplines." The objective of the survey was to showcase best practices of industry partnerships across AICTE approved technical institutes in the covered streams. A total of 1,050 AICTE approved institutes from established engineering, management, pharmacy and architecture institutes, and from emerging engineering and management institutes, participated in the voluntary survey.

Top corporates including Tata Chemicals, Forbes Marshall, Elico, Sun Pharma and Pennar Industries joined hands to give awards to the winning institutes in recognition of their strong linkages with industry. The entire exercise involved a highly detailed and complex survey of industry linkages of colleges in which objective scores generated by the AICTE web portal, with the data gathered from the online survey, were evaluated by a high-level jury. On-ground visits to shortlisted colleges were made by a team comprising AICTE and CII representatives to ensure that the data submitted was valid. Their feedback was then analyzed to arrive at the final winners.

A detailed report of the survey was also released at the summit which presents case-studies of the winners and an insight on the survey. Lauding the rapid strides which the survey has taken in just one year, Dr Y S Rajan, Chairman of National Institute of Technology, Manipur, said, "the future belongs to those who make friends with education." Mr Naushad Forbes, Chairman of CII National Higher Education Committee emphasized that when industry and institutes work towards a common goal with common deadlines and targets, great things can happen. He said, "This survey, in which we are happy to have the All India Council for Technical Education as our partners, is special in helping us move in this direction. At CII, it has been our endeavor to coax both industry and academia to take little steps closer towards each other. I hope this survey will shed greater light every year on how far we have been able to progress in that." Ms Sushma Berlia, Co-Chair Chairman of CII National Higher Education Committee said that " As we recognise best practices they become scalable and replicable" Mr CR Swaminathan, Co-Chair Chairman of CII National Higher Education Committee pointed out that "There are 4000 engineering colleges in India out of which only about 25% import quality education." Sun Pharma, who is the industry sponsor for the awards in the pharmacy stream, said that "We appreciate the efforts made by CII in bringing together the experts from the academia and industry on the common platform. We believe the academic institutions as the nurseries of growing the talent needed by the industry should be connected with the organisations through various methods." TNS 18EstebanLiz-131108-30FurigayJane-4542023 30FurigayJane (c) 2013 Targeted News Service

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