New Delhi, July 21
On Wednesday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the World University Summit 2021 (WUS 21) organized by OP Jindal Global University on the theme “Universities of the future: strengthening institutional resilience, social responsibility and community impact” .
In his remarks, the Vice President said: “Higher education faces pressing challenges today as we embark on the path to recovery from the pandemic. Education drives the nation’s economy to chart a course for prosperity through the useful application of knowledge.
“We are faced with a complex demand for education which is marked not only by the large number of students and the geographical divide between rural and urban areas, but also by the unique diversity of our country. Although our numbers and our diversity are our strength, they also bring us the challenge of equity of access to education.
“We should aim to be ‘Vishwagurus’ in education. The ongoing pandemic has turned our lives upside down and an estimated 1.2 billion children have been taken out of classrooms worldwide. Today, 32 channels Direct home broadcasting are dedicated to online education, but not all have access to an online infrastructure.
“Even if we solve these problems, we cannot replace the classroom experience with online learning. We need to explore the best hybrid model combining the best practices of online learning and classroom teaching. Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan praised OP Jindal World University for the breadth and scope of WUS 21. He said India has a long history of higher education.
“India needs an education system designed for 1.38 billion people and our reality today is very different from what it was before. In the current era of globalization and liberalization, we need to reform the education sector. The New National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 reinvents the transformation of India’s education landscape and it describes the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in creating not only responsible citizens but also a citizen of the world – Vishwamanav.
“The four pillars of the NEP of quality, equity, accessibility and affordability are the foundation on which a new India will emerge. Our future institutions will have synergy and seamless integration with global standards that will transform our human resources into human capital. We must promote India as a global educational destination, providing education at an affordable cost. We will also enable high quality foreign institutions to collaborate and operate in India. Professor (Dr.) DP Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), “Today the Indian education system faces many challenges. One is from Covid-19 and the other is how achieve the vision and guiding philosophy of National Political Education (PEN) 2020.
“One of the themes of the Summit is to strengthen institutional resilience, which has never been tested so far. The UGC addressed critical issues such as access, equity and the quality of education and institutions have tried to leverage technology for integrated digital learning platforms, online access to education and more. Naveen Jindal, founding chancellor of OP Jindal Global University, welcomed the august gathering and said, “We had a vision to create an institution to provide world-class education in memory of my father, advancing the mission of social change through the education he believed in.
“From humble beginnings, JGU has grown to include nearly 8,000 students and established 12 schools with world-class teaching capacity and access to the best education in the world. We wanted to ensure an institution. intensive research which can contribute to the greater good of All our collective efforts have resulted in the recognition of JGU as an institution of eminence (IoE) and as India’s No.1 private university according to QS World University Rankings. JGU has strengthened the global footprint of Indian higher education.
“As the world faced an unprecedented pandemic, we resumed online classes within a week for the benefit of our students and delivered over 20,000 online classes in just 2020! for the academic digitization (E-LEAD) of the coveted QS I-Gauge Learning. This summit could not have come at a better time to discuss the future of universities. Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of OP Jindal Global University (JGU), said: “The vision is for the 2021 World University Summit organized by JGU to be akin to the Economic Forum global in promoting discourse on the future of universities and higher education.
“JGU has partnered with 6 global education networks – Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Coursera, Brazilian Universities International Cooperation Group (GCUB), STAR Scholars Network and UpGrad – to bring this unprecedented 3-day World Education Summit.
“He has the imagination to create a global platform for Indian and global universities to come together to help shape the universities of the future. Today, when we see social, political, economic and technological changes in across the world due to the ongoing pandemic, the world faces the crucial challenge of re-imagining the role of universities of the future to strengthen their vision of institutional resilience, social responsibility and community impact. ”–IANS