Director speaks at IIT BHU NEP Webinar

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Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi and Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi jointly organized a webinar recently titled “Role of Indian Institutes of Technology in Implementation of National Education Policy 2020: Challenges and Opportunities”. [Watch Live]. 

Here is a report by Prof. P.K.Mishra from IIT(BHU) Varanasi, convenor of the webinar.


The Chief Guest of the program was Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, Chairperson of the event was Prof. P.K.Jain, Director, IIT(BHU) Varanasi, Keynote Speaker was Shri. Atul Kothari, National Secretary, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi and Guest of Honour was Prof. Trilok Nath Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi and Shri. R.P.Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Bhuvneshwar. 

Prof. Pradeep Kumar Mishra welcomed all the distinguished guests and introduced the speakers to all the panelists of the Webinar. Prof. P.K.Jain, Director, IIT (BHU) stated the purpose of the program and put forth his views about the New Education Policy 2020. Prof. Jain stated that IIT(BHU) Varanasi has made a committee to implement the NEP 2020. He emphasized the vision of Malaviya ji and said that in the current scenario also the same vision of a multi-disciplinary hypothesis is needed. He further emphasized that an action plan should be drafted from this webinar and shared with all. 

Prof. Trilok Nath Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi elaborated about the salient features of the New Education Policy 2020 and stated that this policy rotates around the teachers. Shri. R.P.Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Bhuvneshwar shared his valuable experiences with the members. He emphasized the inter-disciplinary action and said that one should not stick to the only a single subject but also try to explore other subjects as well, this has also been emphasized in NEP 2020 also.

Chief Guest at the occasion Prof. V.K.Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur shared his views about the implementation of National Education Policy 2020 at Kharagpur. He emphasized the need for dynamic pedagogy keeping in mind the need for students coming from diverse linguistic backgrounds, competitiveness. To address their varied needs IIT Kharagpur offers flexible curricula and relaxation in degree completion period. Further elective and specialization courses such as the science of happiness, quality and reliability, leadership, classical and folk arts have also been introduced in addition to trending courses in financial engineering, entrepreneurship, management, IP law, healthcare etc. Prof. Tewari mentioned about the “do it yourself” lab where students can build products in a large range of engineering disciplines in accordance to the interest of students. The multidisciplinary educational experience at IIT Kharagpur would prove to be highly effective to implement NEP 2020, he said. [Watch Live]

The dignitaries from various IITs and other fields such as Dr. Satyam Priyadarsy, Managing Director, India Centre Technology Fellow, Halliburton, USA, Prof. Rintu Banerjee from IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Varadraj Bapat and Prof. Krishnamurthi Ramasubramanium from IIT Bombay, Dr. Neetesh Purohit, IIIT Allahabad, Prof. Virender Kumar Vijay from IIT Delhi, Prof. K. Darun Kumar Singh from IIT Guwahati, Prof. Shishir Sinha from IIT Roorkee, Prof. A.K.Tripathi from IIT(BHU), Dr. Awalendra Kumar Thakur from IIT Patna and others shared their views with respect to challenges and opportunities arise out of implementation of NEP 2020. 

Keynote Speaker at the occasion, Mr. Atul Kothari, National Secretary, Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi, praised the views of all the distinguished guests and panelists and gave the blessing for the webinar. He said that now the time has come to match the present education system with traditional Indian knowledge for the holistic development of the student and country as a whole. The education approach should be integrated with many subjects instead of a few. He also emphasized that there should be an equal focus on agriculture, technique, and ‘aatmanirbharta’. 

At the end of the program, Prof. Ravi Prakash Tiwari gave a vote of thanks to the distinguished guests, panelists and participants. He also said that a similar type of program will be organized from time to time and expected participation from all the guests.

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