19 March 2016, marked a day in the history of higher education when the Centre for Education, Growth and Research(CEGR), a leading thin tank organized a national seminar on “Higher Education, What India needs” at the Conference Hall in the India International Centre, New Delhi. Leading dignitaries who participated in this high- level debate on education were, Dr. Arun Kumar, Member of Parliament (Jahanabad, Bihar), Gurtej Singh Dhillon, Secretary, Bhartiya Janta Party (Punjab State), Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director, AICTE, along with 300 chancellors, Vice-chancellors, Directors, Professors and a large number of Corporates from various parts of India.
The seminar began with an inaugural address by Mr. Lokesh Mehra, Vice president,CEGR. In his welcome address, Mr. Mehra said that there is a growing need for quick and fast access to education like ubarnization and innovation. The second speaker, Mr. V P S Arora, President, CEGR emphasized on three principles--Governance, Administration and Capacity Building-- as the need of the hour for higher education to make an impact. Mr. B. V.Babu, Vice Chancellor, Galgotia University shared his views with the participants and said that both the student community and the faculty need to integrate research into the system. He briefed the gathering about CEGR’s forthcoming publication on ‘Research Methodology for Faculty Members’. The distinguished guest for the seminar, Dr. Arun Kumar, expressed his concerns about decline in human values and the gradual negative impact of the West on Indian Culture. He appealed to the teachers to focus on the intellectual development of the students. He also said that ‘Education for all’, had in fact brought about a decline in the standards of education across India.
The overall condition of the teachers involved in this programme was certainly a cause for concern, said Mr. Arun Kumar. Mr. Gurtej Singh Dhillon, Secretary, BJP (Punjab) spoke about the need for upgrading the skills of the teachers and expressed concern about commercialization of education. Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, informed the educationists about various education initiatives taken by the government. He advised that the government educational institutions should work with private institutions to showcase innovation and better performance. Dr. Vijay Gupta, Vice Chancellor, Sharda University opined that it is important for the students and the Corporates to work in collaboration to achieve higher targets in education. The seminar concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Vikas Khanduri, President, CEGR.
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