Professor Dhirendra Deshpande, Hon. Vice-Chancellor, ISBM University, Nawapara (Kosmi) Block, Tehsil – Chhura, District – Gariyaband was invited to be a speaker in a panel at the 7th Higher Education and HR Summit on 21st April 2018 in Pune. The prestigious event was organized by Elets Technomedia Pvt. Ltd. and DL magazine in association with UGC and MHRD, New Delhi. The Summit covered comprehensively issues and challenges concerning the higher educational institutions in India. The key participants included Policy makers, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors of various Universities, Chairpersons from Group of Institutions, Directors / Principals of Business Schools, Directors / Principals of Engineering Institutes, HR Heads, EdTech Corporates and Start-Ups in India attended the program. Some of the speakers included Chancellor of Shobhit University, U.P. Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra; Vice Chancellor – In-charge, Dr. Shravan Kadvekar, Symbiosis Skills & Open University; Dr. Bukinakere Satyanarayana, Vice Chancellor of BML Munjal University; Vice Chancellor of VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology), Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Dr Anand A Samuel; Vice Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technological University (CSVTU), Bhilai Chhattisgarh, Dr. M. K. Verma; and many others.
The Chief Guest for the Inaugural Function was Dr. Meeta Rajivlochan, Principal Secretary & State Project Director, State Project Directorate – RUSA, Govt. of Maharashtra. She said that the GER at the national level has gone up to 30% and the target is to achieve 45% by 2022.
The points discussed in the summit were – Conducive Policies & Regulatory Frameworks: Current Scenario & Future Requirements; Technology Penetration: Advancing Education & Employability; Ways to Push up Digital Education & Smooth Hiring Process; Impact of Technology in HR Practices & Roadmap for Future Strategies and many more.
Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director, AICTE, analyzed threadbare, the issues that confront the higher education in the country. He held the audience spell bound as he spoke his heart out on the future of higher education. Dwelling on the significant advances made by IT and digital initiatives, he wondered why it has not touched the agriculture space. Similarly, why isn’t something being done to apply technology to help prevent/detect crimes against women and minor girls.
Professor Dhirendra Deshpande, participating in a panel discussion on MOOCS (Massive Online and Open Courses) and use of digital technology in higher education, said that MOOCS is certain to be the future of higher education in the world and India will be no exception. He, however, added that there is a need to quickly put in place a proper regulatory framework and encourage the educational service providers. He mentioned that the ISBM University at Chhura in Gariyaband District of Chhattisgarh state has managed to use satellite based technology to further the cause of higher education in this remote part of the State.
The daylong event came to an end with distribution of awards for higher educational institutions that were ranked high by a survey conducted by DL Magazine.