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CII’s regional summit on education on November 2012

Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII ), Coimbatore Chapter, in association with CII Institute of Quality, Bangalore, will host the 10th edition of the regional summit on ‘Quality in Education’ here on 23rd November, 2012 and 24th November, 2012.

The summit, with the theme “Building a Competitive Institution for Sustainable Growth” will have experts from academia and industry deliberating upon the theme.

Addressing press persons here on 16th November, 2012, S.K. Sundararaman, Vice – Chairman of the Coimbatore Chapter, said the theme had been chosen with its relevance to higher education, not only in the present context, but also for the future.

“Since accreditation is a major yardstick to assess quality of education, it makes more sense to focus on this besides other parameters for institutions to become competitive. Heads of various accreditation bodies will be present during the inaugural session. Some concrete outcomes are expected, both in terms of knowing what the industry wants from the academia, and how the latter can meet those expectations,” he said.

Sheela Ramachandran, Co – Convenor, Education and III Panel of CII Coimbatore, said the summit would consist of seven sessions, spread over two days, which would be handled by experts from India and abroad.

They would focus on making Indian higher education institutions globally competitive, improving research, consultancy and publication, promoting IPR and patents, integrating technology, empowering faculty, leveraging stakeholders involved in education, and last but not the least industry – institution interaction.

The highlights would include, the release of a white paper on ‘Framework on Industry – Institute Interface’ jointly prepared by the manufacturing and education panels of CII Coimbatore, release of a manual consisting of select case studies prepared by faculty during the Teachers’ Day competitions, presentations by winning colleges of the AICTE – CII Survey, and a dinner hosted by the Australian Trade Commission.

The summit would be inaugurated by S.S. Mantha, Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education. Y.S. Rajan, Chairman of the National Board of Accreditation, will deliver the keynote address, while S. Chandrasekhar, Chairman of the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training.

It will begin at 9 a.m. on 23rd November, 2012 and will be held at The Residency.

Nearly 200 delegates are expected to participate. Those interested can contact 0422 – 4044555.

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Private Employment Camp

The Department of Employment and Training, Tamil Nadu State Vocational Skills Development Corporation, the Confederation of Indian Industries ( CII ) and the District Employment Office, Vellore, will be jointly organising a private sector employment camp at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Katpadi, from 10 a.m. onwards on 29th September, 2012.

According to a release from the District Employment Officer, private companies including T.I. Murugappa Group, Rane Madras Ltd., Wheels India Ltd., Bharati Walmart, Valeo Lighting Systems India ( P ) Ltd., Lakshmi Mills Co. Ltd., NTTF, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd., Eureka Forbes, Talent PRO India and Appollo Pharmacy would be participating.

Candidates in the age group of 18 – 25 years who have passed Class VIII or Class X, passed / failed Plus – Two, passed the Industrial Training Institute ( ITI ) certificate courses, Diploma in Pharmacy, Diploma in Nursing, other nursing courses and degree holders can participate.

The upper age limit is 40 for those applying for security duty.

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CII Education sans Creativity

Coinciding with the ‘Decade of innovation’, the 15th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s ( CII ) ‘National summit on quality in education’ was flagged off in Bangalore on 14th September, 2012 with the theme ‘Innovate, lead, share : redefining delivery of quality education’.

S. Chandrashekhar, Chairman of the summit, said the present education system focuses on facts and figures, killing creativity. “Quality and innovation are the key words,” he said.

K.N. Shenoy, Past Chairman, CII Institute of Quality, said innovation was required in four verticals – industry, service, education and governance. “While there is progress in the first three, not much progress has been made in the last one,” he pointed out.

Inaugurating the two – day event, Karnataka Higher Education Minister C T Ravi said quality education in India was still a distant dream. “Educational degrees have utter irrelevance to a student’s professional and personal life. Education should be a highly individualised process,” he said.

During a session on ‘Setting the stage for innovation in quality, education : building a culture of innovation’, Thomas C Mathew, Vice – Chancellor, Christ University, threw light on ‘quality enhancement’ rather than just ‘quality assurance.’ “Attendance and good grades stand for quality assurance. We need quality enhancement through pedagogy, methodology and curriculum. Lots of importance is given to curriculum, but it is really not a big deal,” he said.

On the role of a teacher, Ryan Pinto, CEO, Ryan Group of Institutions, said no one can replace a teacher, but the role of a teacher had changed to being that of a facilitator, as students these days have access to the answers through technology.

A report ‘CII Institute of Quality Education excellence initiative : a decade in review’, prepared with the help of students from the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, was unveiled on the occasion.

In the sessions that followed, S. Vaitheeswaran, Managing Director and CEO, Manipal Global Education Services, stressed the urgency of the situation, as 60 per cent of India’s population belongs to the age group of 18 to 30 years. By 2020, the average age of Indians will be 27 years, compared to 37 of the USA, 45 of Japan and 38 of China. By then, there will be an additional 30 million youth who will enter the higher education space, posing both as a challenge as well as an opportunity, he explained.

Mr. Vaitheeswaran advocated using technology to leverage education. “In Manipal, the percentage of student enrolment from online student acquisition network used to be three per cent.

In the last two years, this has reached close to 40 per cent. Had it not been for technology, it would have been difficult to reach anywhere near the present figure ( of total strength of students ),” he said.

However, A.M. Kaveriappa, Executive Director, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, said online education posed the risk of making the teacher – student relationship obsolete. “Nothing like the chalk the talk,” he said. He also stressed the need for regular revision of curriculum as well as selection of teachers not just based on qualification but also on their skills.

Amit Kaushik, Managing Director, Educomp Infrastructure and School Management Ltd, spoke about the lack of changes in the education system. “The education system established by the British ( Raj ) was to produce subordinates. That has not changed at all. Time has come to change the education system, not discuss about it.

The last national policy on education was issued 26 years ago,” he said. Only 15 per cent of the schools in India were under private managements, but all regulations and policies were formulated for them alone. Though the RTE Act comes with good intentions as “the accident of birth should not determine what school a child should go to,” the ‘one size fits all’ formula needs a re – look, he said.

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CII Lessons in Innovation

The Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII ) Institute of Quality will be organising its National Summit on Quality Education with the theme “Innovate, Learn and Share : Redefining the delivery of quality education” on the Infosys premises at Electronic City in Bangalore on 14th September, 2012 and 15th September, 2012.

The 15th edition of the summit will provide a platform for the participants comprising scholars and experts drawn from different walks of life to share their knowledge and best practices that may be replicated in educational institutions across the country.

The CII seeks to bring together “great minds” from different disciplines and fields. Having achieved the basic goal of establishing schools and colleges over the last six decades across the nation, the next logical progression that India aims at is to re – orient these to provide quality education.

In this backdrop, educational institutions are increasingly focusing on how innovation can be optimally leveraged by employing or integrating technology, adopting and adapting best practices and processes from other sectors like corporate and non – government sectors, and implementing result – oriented processes and practices from “role modelling” institutions, to name a few of the strategies, so that they turn into nurturing and grooming centres for the vast youth, the statement said.

The participants at the summit will explore “how innovation actually happens, how to build and sustain cultures of innovation, and how change – resistant institutions can change their ways.”

They’ll also hear the stories of breakthroughs, with presentations by some of the brightest minds in the field about their innovations in numerous facets of the educational process, from science to fine arts. The summit will serve as a think – tank for educators and innovators in various disciplines.

There will be concurrent sessions for higher education as well as schools, focussing on topics related to innovation, quality education, evaluation and assessment and inclusiveness, among other issues.

For details, visit www.cii-iq.in or contact Sudarsan on +91 92430 73461 or Senthil on +91 98453 90263. 

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National Summit on Quality Education

“Innovation opens up new vistas of knowledge and new dimensions to our imagination to make everyday life more meaningful and richer in depth and content” : Dr. Abdul Kalam. India having achieved the basic goal of establishing schools and colleges over the last six decades across the nation, the next logical progression that it aims is to re – orient these to provide quality education. The only driver that could bring in a radical transformation in this mission critical segment of the economy is Innovation.

Key Topics

  • Setting the stage for Innovation in Education : Building a culture of Innovation
  • Environment for Innovation : the mirror of our attitudes and expectations
  • Evolution of a Revolution : Integrating Technology for Effective Learning
  • Moments of Collision : Learning from other Sectors
  • Assessing innovation to implementation : Fresh perspectives in the area of evaluation / assessment of Quality learning
  • Apprehension to Appreciation : Exploring the value addition from Accreditation
  • Making Inclusiveness happen : the guiding principles of a prosperous society

Summit Takeaways

This MUST attend Summit will also unravel myriad challenges, allow participants to gain a ring side view of global trends and best practices, discuss case studies and also showcase contemporary technologies and processes presented by global and domestic leaders.

Venue : Infosys Limited Electronic City Campus, Hosur Road, Bangalore

Timings : 9 : 30 to 17 : 30 hrs.

Registration details

  • The fee inclusive of taxes per delegate, which includes delegate kit, lunch and tea for both the days is as follows :
  • General Delegate – [rupee] 2200 – ( [rupee] 2000 / – per delegate in case of 3 or more nominations from one institution )
  • Hindu Newspaper in Education ( NIE ) Programme Institutions and BL Member Institutions – [rupee] 2000 / –
  • Government Institutions / Schools – [rupee] 1800 / –
  • Prior registration with payment is a must.
  • The cheque / demand draft should be drawn in favour of “CII – Institute of Quality” payable at Bangalore
  • Please return the duly filled registration form along with requisite payment to the address given below.

Contact details :

Mr.K K Sudarsan, Executive Officer,
CII – Institute of Quality,
Near Bharat Nagara II Stage
Magadi Main Road, Vishwaneedam Post,
Bangalore – 560 091

Phone
: 080-23580315 / 23289391 / 7690;
Fax : 080-23289388

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