WES Track: Higher Education Track
Title of Paper: Innovation Universities and Education Model to Fuel Intensive Research and Creativity
Author Name: Yogesh Buchake
Organization: Know IT Pvt Ltd
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Background: Harvard has been ranked as the top university in the world for the sixth consecutive year, while none of the Indian institutes of higher education figure in the latest edition of The Times Higher Education, world reputation ranking report. The United States dominates the rankings of 200 world class universities. So what and where our education system is going wrong? Year by year we are following the old educational system, either is it really help to build new India or attract the students for higher education. The purpose of education should be to prepare students for life not just for living. Now the aim of parents and teachers is to seek education that get their children’s good jobs, open overseas opportunities and make them rich. So this philosophy of education should change. When we are able to embrace by the western and US culture, then why not to embrace wonderful practices in education? In the western nations educators are worried that they are struggling to prepare students for the rapidly changing society even with latest practices and technologies. But, I strongly believe that Indian Universities are \’preparing students for our past\’, instead of future, with yesterday\’s practices and technologies. By 2050 India is expected to overtake China as the world’s most populous nation, and over the next five years will be responsible for nearly a quarter of the increase in the world’s working-age population. Already India has almost a third of the available labor supply in low-cost countries (NASSCOM and McKinsey 2005). These figures, pointing to India’s “demographic dividend,” represent an enormous competitive advantage for India in its emergence as an innovation economy, and as a potential world-class supplier of skills to the world. India has a growing shortage of skilled workers—caused largely by workforce development and education systems that do not respond adequately to the economy’s needs. So now onwards the big challenge is how to attract the students towards higher education. The Solution: Today’s education system is inadequate to meet the needs of tomorrow and focused on identifying changes essential to transform learning for each student. In research, universities have to create new possibilities; in teaching, they have to shape new people. To make the future students university authorities has to change the education model. Following are the key findings about how to redesign our current education model to a student-centered, customized learning model that will better attract, engage, motivate and prepare our students to be Creative, Career and Confidence ready. 1. Flexible: Anytime/Everywhere Learning (In contrast to a traditional system, learning is the constant and time is the variable, and students move at their own pace, which honors natural developmental differences) 2. Mastery- and Competency-Based Progression (Low-level knowledge/skill is not enough, students must demonstrate a much higher mastery level) 3. Ideal: Redefine Teacher Role (Teachers become facilitators and partners) 4. Innovative & Creative Learning (Students become leaders of their learning process.) 5. Interesting: Student Driven Learning Path (Transparent to every one) A university that moulds itself only to present demands is not listening to its historians. We have to more focus and provide the opportunities for personalized learning. Many decades-old policies are hindering innovative personalized learning models and those certain policies to be changed. Clearly, the innovative change is required in education model. A university that moulds itself only to present demands is not listening to its historians. The following policies will open the new door: 1. Customer Care or Counseling stations at each University by 24*7 2. Redefine Use of Time 3. Performance-Based, Time-Flexible State Assessment 4. Equity in Access to Technology Infrastructure 5. Funding Models and Incentivize Completion 6. Non-grade Band System Conclusion: To improve education and ensure that each student receives a personalized education and movement for scalable personalized learning is critical for our education and our nation to address the many achievement and economic challenges. Universities serve to make students think: to resolve problems by argument supported by evidence; not to be dismayed by complexity, but bold in unraveling it. The time is right for a true paradigm shift: Education stakeholders understand the need for change to meet today’s demands. The technologies now exist to bring personalized learning to scale. Further, students themselves want to learn in the way that helps them achieve their potential. This way the responsibility and opportunity for students will move beyond the current mass production and marginal reforms. The vision and the new model of universities for to make personalized learning available for all students to address the dropout rate and other issues facing our education system. In conclusion, there is extensive potential for creative learning and innovative teaching in Universities. Education is based on different interlocking structures and unless changes take place at different levels, it will not produce the desired results. Offering the right chances to develop students’ creative and innovative potential and effort in reducing barriers and improving the presence of enabling factors for creativity and innovation should be a priority, so as to support the shift towards a more creative and innovative education.
Brief Biodata of Presenter:
• More than 12 years Exp. and Excellent Knowledge of Education Industry • Completed MBA in Marketing as well as in E-business. • Experience is in Business/ Franchisee Development, Marketing and Promotion, Sales, Institutional, Government and Corporate tie ups. • Efficiently and creatively produce business plans, turnaround strategies and proposals. • Instrumentally hire, supervise and train staff and manages. • Effectively manage and consult in national and regional educational and service oriented organizations; coordinating financials, contract development and negotiation.