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Published : Monday, 11 August, 2014 04:40 PM  
"Unless we create good quality education, we will miss the bus." These were the words of Dr.Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CE Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, who was the Chief Guestof the concluding session of the six day long Faculty Development Program under TEQIP conducted by IIM Raipur. A widely acclaimed management practitioner, theorist and teacher, Dr. Chatterjee emphasized that Gen X Academicians must understand the needs of the GenY students.In his valedictory address, Dr. Chatterjee said that large uneducated mass destroys the potential of the nation. He mentioned that it is pertinent that Gen X captures the changed dynamics among the students’ community, their requirements and their objective of education.He stressed that this mechanism must be continually evolved and aligned with the aspirants of the students.
Prof. B. S.Sahay, Director, IIM Raipur, delivered the welcome address for the event and emphasised on the need for accreditation for Indian institutions and on the requirement of a great vision, shared values and commitment.Prof.Sahay stressed upon the need of utilization of the learning from the extensive programs in their respective institutions for achieving academic excellence. He appreciated the level of participation of all the participants and the resource personnel.
The first session of the day was delivered by Prof. Sanjeev Prashar on Interpersonal Relationships where he spoke about the importance of building great institutions. Following this, the participants of the event delivered their views on the topics which were discussed over the course of the six-day programme. This included ‘Accreditation and Washington Accord’, ‘How to achieve Academic Excellence’, ‘Academic-industry Partnership’, ‘Teaching Pedagogy’ and ‘Research and Publication’.
In the discussion on “Academic-industry Partnership”, the participants discussed about the importance of the effect of the academia on the industry. They spoke about the need for aligning research with problems in the industry and creating a framework for joint-research. They also stressed on the importance of aligning engineering education with employment opportunities to connect education related to a domain of learning across the layers through real life activities.
On the discussion ‘How to achieve Academic Excellence’, the speakers spoke about various ways in which we can achieve academic excellence. They emphasised on the importance of having a good infrastructure, library, research and state-of-the-art curriculum. They also laid emphasis on the presence of visionary leadership in academic institutions and devising a robust framework for appointing such leaders. The discussion revered to the importance of adopting a holistic approach towards education. At the end of the discussion, the speakers agreed that the students play a vital role in helping their institutions to achieve academic excellence by identifying, defining and solving problems.
The presentation on ‘Research and Publications’ was mainly concerned with various problems and their solutions through the application of scientific procedures. It emphasized on having innovative approaches in teaching in order to nurture the students in a practical manner. The participants of the discussion came up with solutions to maintain a balance in research and teaching which involved time managementand introducing a research-oriented curriculum design that delivered practical relevance.
The next group of presenters spoke about the ‘Development of Learning Outcome Based Pedagogy in Engineering Institutions’. Their presentation touched upon the need for a change in technical education,the groundwork required for that change and the challenges that would accompany this paradigm shift. Their presentation differentiated between instruction-based and learning-based paradigms.Drawing the audience’s attention to a study that showed improved information retention scores among students,the participantsillustrated the need for a shift to a learning-basedapproach from an instruction-based approach.
The event concluded with the vote of thanks by Prof. M. Kannadhasan of IIM Raipur. This marked the end of the first Faculty Development Program under TEQIP by IIM Raipur.
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