National Seminar on “Rethinking Education; Developing the Culture of Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education ” organized at GNDU

National Seminar on “Rethinking Education; Developing the Culture of Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education ” organized at GNDU

Amritsar, 14 August: A two- day MHRD sponsored National Seminar on “Rethinking Education; Developing the Culture of Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education ” concluded here today at the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan Auditorium of the Guru Nanak Dev University. This Seminar was organised by the School of Education of the University. A large number of various eminent educationists across India participated.

Dr.Satbir Bedi, IAS, Chairperson National Council for Teacher Education( NCTE) was the chief guest the inaugural address. Prof. R. K. Anayath , Vice- Chancellor, Deen Bandhu Chotu Ram University of Science and Technology delivered Keynote address. Dr. Sarabjot Singh Behl Dean, Academic Affairs, presided over. Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Head, Department of Education welcomed the chief guests and others. Vote of thanks was given by Prof Amit kauts, Project Coordinator, School of Education under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and teaching. Book entitled “Inclusive Education: Practices and Challanges” published by Department of Education of the University was also released by eminent guests

While inaugurating the seminar, Dr Satbir Bedi, IAS , said that the Education is utmost required to achieve the sustainable development in today’s society. She discussed the status of teacher education, by saying that there is lack of school teachers due to negligence of state government, lack of replacement year after year. She discussed that introspection , regularity of teachers, negotiation of syllabus and collaboration with the society, nation and world by school teachers will make education system better. She shared various views about actions which NCTE has taken to improve Teacher education. NCTE is improving the quality of teachers by developing the standards and norms for Teacher Education Programmes, assessment of capabilities of new institutions for offering Teacher Education Programmes and continuous monitoring and Supervision of recognized institutions, She added.

In the Keynote address, Prof. R. K. Anayath discussed that teaching is inspiration, rather than imagination. He started with the progress of human developmental stages: civilization, Modern Hi-tech World, Knowledge society. Prof. Anayath focused on this continuously changing world by saying that “Repurposing is the only Mantra of success. He elaborated the changes with second industrial revolution i.e. the role of Media, Medicine and Manufacturing industries from 1930’s to 2000.This change is brought up by Corporate Darwinism. Fourth Industrial Revolution is the current trend which has brought change by Internet and Cloud computing. Prof Anayath also highlighted that Home Based learning approach, Personalised learning, E-Learning platform, No-Physical Campus, Project based learning and rise of edutech in classroom, Social and Emotional Skills as a priority, are utmost needed in today’s education system. He concluded his address by saying that as we have approached the second decade of 21st century, and now this world is of increasing uncertainty, complexity and contradictions. We need to better understand and anticipate the changing learning landscape. In doing so, we need to re-contextualize the foundation principles of humanistic approach to education governance and make a collective effort towards Education 2030 commitments.

In the presidential address Dr. Sarabjot Singh Behl expressed his concern regarding the change in the aspects of education in 21st century.He started his discussion by saying equality and inclusiveness are the part of public education system. He said that main goals of education are to eradicate poverty, maintain sustainability and create more skilled society. He further discussed that access to quality education is not only a goal in itself, but a fundamental building block to create a better world of sustainable peace ,prosperity and development.

Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Head, Department of Education of the University while welcoming the guests discussed about the theme of Seminar,” Rethinking Education; Developing a Culture Of Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education.” Dr. Sikand said that we need to reshape the whole concept of education completely, because education is the only key that will allow many other sustainable developmental goals to be achieved .She discussed about various goals given by UNSECO, 2030 approach.The education is changing from individualistic to holistic approach and privatisation has changed scenario of today’s education. She said economic, educational and environmental changes have brought us to rethink our education system. The aspiration of sustainable development requires us to resolve the common problems and tensions and to recognize new horizons. She elaborated the miserable condition of Punjab education and the emigration of people for higher studies to foreign universities. She said that education must find the ways of responding to challenges faced in today’s scenario taking into account multiple world views and alternative knowledge systems She further said that all stakeholders along with educators must have a vision to promote and develop the culture of inclusive and equitable quality education in challenging context of learning.

Book release ceremony was inducted by eminent guests. Book entitled “Inclusive Education: Practices and Challanges” was published by Department of Education of the University. The book highlights various concepts related to Inclusive education, focuses on various strategies which deal with the concept of promoting inclusive education in India. The book is a step taken to look into the current research in inclusive settings as well as policy backdrops which provide us fair ideas that how the idea of equity in pedagogy is being propagated at National Level.

While presenting Vote of thanks, Prof Amit kauts said that special educators are provided in schools to promote inclusive education. He appreciated the suggestions and views of all the different eminent speakers who contributed in the seminar.

In the plenary session the special invitee, Dr.Anita Rastogi, Department of Educational studies, Jamia Milia Islamia , highlighted her views about the position of education in today’s scenario. Prof. Rastogi shared her ideas pertaining to various aspects, especially changed role of teacher education. She said that this transformation in teacher education provides research informed training and consultancy for schools, colleges and universities. These helps us to know about the strategies of learning to learn (meta-cognition and self regulation), action research and implementation sciences. These specialized changes will lead to betterment of education system.

Dr. Nandita Singh, Dean International Students, Punjab University Chandigarh started her lecture with the presentation entitled “Quality education for developing Nation.” She highlighted the aspects of young population which is the most powerful resource, multiple resources in technical areas today helping us to get meaningful education. She also discussed that “Authentic” Quality education is required in 21st century She elaborated on 21st century curriculum that it should be creative ,enable a learner to be socially and emotionally well,. Higher education must be transparent, efficient and must introduce learning environment in tune with national and global priorities. The change in the world today is characterized by the new level of complexity and contradictions. We can overcome these complexities by collaborating spiritual and changed education pattern.

Swami Atma Jananda discussed about responsive and brilliant education system from Indian point of view. He discussed about the education system as given by Swami Vivekandnada that should cover all aspects of life – spiritual, physical, moral, intellectual, emotional and education to rethink in today’s scenario. He further elaborated that “proper education “ in a good education system is very necessary to get into bright career. Students must be aware that proper education contains something more than mere study of some subjects, memorizing “portions” in the textbooks and scoring high marks.

All the papers were presented on the basis of sub themes and two parallel technical sessions were organised which were chaired by the resource persons Prof. Anita Rastogi and Prof. R. S. Yadav. The delegates presented their perceptions which was followed by brain strooming sessions. The recommendations were put on record.

On Second day, in Plenary Session Prof. Dr. Minati Panda, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. started the discussion with the topic Pedagogic Imaginaries within an Inclusive Paradigm. She said that we must have Multilingual and Inclusive education approach for bridging gap between everyday world of children and schools. She shared the key points of discussion: Multilingual as a Myth: A Historical Analysis and Gender, Society and education. Dr Panda said that the major pedagogic achievement rested in the act when the individual child cross the gap to bridge between two languages to certain level of success. This new multilingual system do not question to societal language hierarchy as it operated through the use of identified single mother tongue as medium of instruction in the class. She also elaborated on three language formula and its existence in India; First medium of instruction (Mother tongue), Hindi (National language) and International language. Language is one common tool which can create synchronization between upper caste, middle class and lower class. She explained that Multilingualism is act as a resource is fore grounded in the new understanding of the ways which a multilingual brain is wired and it also act as a right is founded on the representational logic of inclusive philosophy.

Prof. (Dr.) R.S. Yadav ,Department of Education ,Krukshetra university ,discussed that Education is the key factor in development of any country .There must be a combination of Knowledge, aptitude and practice in today’s scenario so as to live a better life. . He discussed about the commercial activities and education must think to improve the employability in India He said that Rethinking education will be practical only when we think what we are having and what we will have. He elaborated this context by saying that while designing various programmes present conditions must be kept in mind and time to time stroke taking practices are required in present policies so that it can be elaborated with the future aspects. He said that innovative pedagogic strategies are required for ensuring equitable education. He raised the concept of miserable condition of school conditions, single teacher schools in various districts. Finally Dr. Yadav said that quality education is required for developing higher order thinking skills.

All the papers were presented on the basis of sub themes and three parallel technical sessions were organized which were chaired by the resource persons Prof. Anita Rastogi, Prof Minati Panda and Dr. Shabda, Educational consultant, Azim Premji University and Laltia Prasad.The delegates presented their perceptions which was followed by brain storming sessions. The recommendations were put on record.

During these two days, Prof. Nandita Shukla, Dean International students, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Swami Atma Jnananda, Secretary , Ram Krishna Ashram, Chandigarh, Manoj K. Saxena, Central university of Himachal Pradesh , Dharamshala, Prof. Jasraj Kaur, Head, Department of Education, Punjabi university, Patiala, Prof. Miniti Panda Zakir Hussain Centre of Educational studies, Jawahar lal Nehru University, New Delhi presented their research papers.

In the end the valedictory session was held. Various eminent persons congratulated the head of the department, all the faculty members, research scholars and students for the success of the seminar. Certificates were distributed to all the participants.

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