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T-School 2022 | Higher education institutions' needs must be understood by the Edtech sector

During T-School 2022 Prof. Dr. Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Noida spoke about what EdTech sector needs to understand.

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Most colleges were not prepared for a significant deployment of technology during the pandemic. Most of them have recovered stronger today.

Prof. Dr. Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor of Amity University

"How can India become a global leader in education in the next ten years?" Prof. Dr. Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Noida, gave the keynote address for this session: The Covid-19 epidemic is to blame for the restructuring of numerous enterprises. Nobody anticipated how long it would remain. Because of technology, we were in touch.

Rajiv Gandhi introduced computers to the nation in the 1980s. Educational institutions were also changing. Several colleges started implementing technology after liberalisation. Most colleges were not prepared for a significant deployment of technology during the pandemic. Most of them have recovered stronger today. Now, you're taking classes that are comparable to those offered at institutions across the nation. India is currently the global leader in education. The goal has been set by NEP 2020.

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The needs of the industry are being met by institutes nowadays. For students, finding employment today involves launching their own business. There must be individualised instruction. The kids are currently receiving preparation for their higher goals. For instance, they would require abilities for the business world. For the benefit of the pupils, we want to prepare and adapt the curriculum. For students, we must introduce appropriate technology. The industry should be informed by the institutions on the graduates' skill sets.

40% of courses can now be completed online by students thanks to NEP 2020, which has provided a solution. They have to come together as a unit. Industry and academia should work together more. The edtech sector must also comprehend the requirements of the academic institutions. There was no solitary digital platform earlier. We possessed a platform. We also created a platform for a third party. A standard system platform was required. Every university has unique requirements. The ed-tech sector must consider the needs and close the gap. The curriculum needs to be continuously updated. We must now provide the selection of value-added courses. Otherwise, we will be producing graduates who are unemployed. We must close this gap.

Students today are reluctant to seek employment. Now they want to launch their own businesses. Institutions must also support their positions. Infrastructure for research and innovation must be developed. We must allow them some latitude. A significant influence is also played by technology. India must become the global powerhouse. The only way to bring talent and open doors is through education.

We are appreciative of the angel investors who have launched numerous businesses. Globalization has already begun. We must expose the students to the world. We must work with universities abroad, complete group projects, etc. Students can connect for projects at various times. Travel expenses, time, etc., can be minimised. The top professors in the world need to be accessible to the rural communities as well. Additionally, research must be integrated into UG and PG degrees. Students may set aside 40% of their time for independent study. Course mapping is something else that universities must accomplish. We have a wonderful opportunity because to the pandemic. It will develop gradually.

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