Dataquest recently organized T-School Conference & Awards 2015 wherein top engineering colleges offering computer science as a discipline were awarded based on their ranking in the T-School Survey 2015. The conference was aimed at deliberating on the key issues and trends which are prevalent in the engineering education. The conference witnessed an overwhelming response and had about more than 300+ delegates from the engineering colleges from all over the country.
The theme of the conference was 'Creating Interactive Learning Environment Aided by Technology'. During the conference a host of speakers put their point through on the role of technology in education and research in education. Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace making students more comfortable with smartphones than textbooks. In the face of increasing digitization, the education sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation—with tablets, virtual classrooms, and online courses becoming the norm rather than the exception. Most of the speakers lauded the role of innovation coupled with technology.
Manish Sisodia, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister, Govt of Delhi was the chief guest who graced the conference by delivering the keynote address on the role of technology in education. Mr Sisodia brought into light several challenges which the education system is facing and which can possibly be addressed using the right technology. Since Mr Sisodia also holds the education portfolio in the Delhi Government, he expressed his wish to encourage students right from the beginning to use technology for learning.
While the speakers such as Shantanu Prakash, Chairman & Managing Director of Educomp Solutions and Dr. R. Shivaraman, Director (Research), Accendere shared their thoughts on how technology and innovation can transform the education sector, the panel discussion around the core challenges of skill development and innovation focused on giving the right answers to the audience present in the hall.
In addition, there were panel discussions around different topics. One was on 'The Future of Technology in Education' which witnessed active participation from the audience. Members of the panel brought into light several points which can benefit the education sector. Brig ( R ) Dr S K Lahiri, Director, Army Institute of Technology; Vikram Saluja, Head IP of Huawei; Prof Vasudeva Varma, Dean (R&D), IIIT, Hyderabad; and Prof (Dr) R. K. Choudhary, Director, Asia Pacific Institute Of Information Technology SD India, Panipat pulled in several key issues which the education sector is facing.
The second panel discussion on 'Re-Skilling India' was focused on how India can prepare itself to meet the industry demand for skilled workforce. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again reiterated the need to create skilled manpower to meet the growing demand for individuals in the manufacturing and IT sector. Prof Pankaj Jalote, Director Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology of Delhi; Mrs Tejshree Abhay, Member-Governing Council, Rajalakshmi Engineering College; Chennai; and Dr B. V. Babu, Vice Chancellor, Galgotias University, Greater Noida shared their thoughts on how to skill the students. They shared their thoughts on how engineering institutions can play a key role in 're-skilling' India.
In India, though various institutions are slowly introducing digital mediums as part of their efforts to simplify education, textbooks still remain at the center of classroom instruction. Many educational institutions are also challenged in creating compelling electronic versions—as they can be both time-consuming and expensive.
Dataquest T-School Conference & Awards is an annual gathering of top technology schools in India, a first of its kind event bringing together IT and business decision makers of T-Schools under one roof to discuss how technology is aiding education and empowering IT companies around the globe.
The conference covers technology, skill development, and future of education specific to technology schools and the awards ceremony recognizes excellence amongst technology schools on various parameters including placements, infrastructure, alumni, industry interface, HR scores, academic environment, and more.
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