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New India Manthan 15/09/2017 To 15/09/2017

Manthan was a part of the celebration conducted by the Government for India for celebrating 70 years of independence and 75th year of the Quit India Movement with a view to usher in “New India by 2022”. MNIT was one of the 73 institutions selected by MHRD for the same. The program was being coordinated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Our institution was the host for it.
The program was organised in two parts, at the departmental level and finally the selected students were gathered at Mini Auditorium on 15th September for the brainstorming session. Keeping in mind, the core focus area of the institute, the theme for the program was identified by the institute as Revisiting Science and Technological Education: Vision 2022. In the main round of the brain storming session, 19 students are identified from across the various departments including both UG and PG students out of which 11 were reported. The discussion in the Manthan forum was moderated by the Deputy Registrar, Student Welfare, Dr. Reetu Singh
On the onset, the students were briefed about pertinent issues such as what is the present scenario of science and technological education? What is our vision for this education in 2022.What are our expectations from S&T to achieve this vision.
The Session opened up with Mr. Shardul Kothari (2017PCV5408) and Ms. Ankita Singh Gaur (2016PCV5253) discussed the pattern of education from gurukul system to till date and suggested following changes:

  • The number of full-time equivalent Scientists in the core research sector should increase.
  • Private sector participation and investment in evolving technologies should be promoted so that it may be translatable from lab to field thereby increasing efficiency in terms of technology and economic returns.
  • Academia-Intelligentsia-Industry connect can be established via idea exchange, innovative curricula design, based on the needs of the industry, industry-sponsored student internships and research fellowships inter alia.
  • Creation of a research ecosystem so as to achieve the translation of research to technology product/process by integrating students, researchers and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Yogesh Chillar (2017PPH5336) expressed their views on how the science and technology helping us in the education sector and suggested to fix the problems which hinder us in implementing it in a better way and how artificial intelligence may evolve as a virtual teacher up to 2022. Ms. Nisha Yadav (2016PPH) suggested that every Academic Institution/National Laboratory should have a "value creation centre" to support the transfer of Innovation from lab to market and reduce the technology gap between the industry and Academia. This transformation of R&D needed increased investment on S&T (2-3%of GDP) and a strong empowered "National Science Education and Innovation Foundation” is needed to manage the transformation of S&T. Synchronizing the efforts of Academia/National laboratories and industries would be most essential in the transformed ecosystem.

Mr. Tejas Tripathi (2015UCH1507) and Mr. Chaitanya Shah (2015UCH1557) have suggested to produce optimized number of Science and Technological graduates with skills and knowledge that will be useful in building a technological advanced yet environmentally sustainable future for India. They suggested following changes:

  • Less attraction of students towards Science Institutes as compared to Engineering ones, leading to a negative balance between Scientific and Technological growth. Redistribution of seats (Present 1285 in IISER’s, 11,000 In IITs alone), Increasing no. of institutes.
  • Students have to choose engineering streams without having any knowledge of it. In institutes abroad, and in IISc, India, one is allocated his/her branch after first year based on preference and academic record. In the first year, it-self then the students should be counseled and introduced to all the streams.
  • One major concern is the way students study or are compelled to study due to the monotonous education methodology. The students are habitual to study only for exams and not for being technically skilled and intelligent.

They strictly should not be taught to study from one specific book rather should be encouraged to explore as much as they can. For this the examination papers should be set such that they efficiently test students’ knowledge and intelligence (critical thinking) both at the same time.

  • There should be a research centric culture at all level of education so that students should be more original in their research.

Ms. Himanshi Bhatia (2016PMA5108) & Ms. Harshana Balhara (2016PMA5036) suggested to promote e-learning at both School and college level. They suggested to improvise the technological aspect and make younger generation study in a better way. They suggested having teaching class more interactive through audio-visual and replace the bulky bags by sleek TABLETS having their textbook and document viewer, note-taking and administrative tool.
Avichal Jangir (2017PPD5089) and Astha Mary John (2016UEE1351) pre4sented the key challenges in technical education and suggested following solutions
1. Visual Education - Use of visual aids like videos, workshops, practicals and tutorials, which reduce language barriers should be encouraged.
2. Spend more than the existent 0.86% of GDP on tech. and science for good infrastructure to promote technology.
3. Focus more on HDI (Human Development Index) to be a strong ally in BRICS alliance of developing countries.
4. Abandoning the rote learning syllabi which causes brain drain.
5. Promote the E-Learning which helps the remote area students.
6. Promote the new entrepreneurs for creating new jobs and also promoting the already existent Make in India campaign.
7. Promotion of all round development, so the primary focus is no longer just academics but also non-scholastic skills like communication, team work etc.
Mr. Shivam Gupta (2014UEC1283) has identified that existing problems in higher technical education and suggested following changes:

  • To provide greater freedom for course selection to students, so that interdisciplinary approach can be developed.
  • Greater collaboration and cooperation between the institute and leading research institutes so that good quality research can be done.
  • Focus on “Teaching by Topic” (followed in many EU countries), as opposed to subject based teaching, as this will widen the scope of knowledge gained, break the monotony of a subject, and develop interdisciplinary thinking.
  • Establishment of satellite classrooms, where the lectures can be broadcast in different parts of the country in real time, and even organize such lectures/courses directly from abroad.

Each group (from the individual department) presented their views on different topics relevant to the theme in 8-10 minutes and answered the queries by the audience/panelists.
Dr. Reetu Singh (Deputy Registrar) was kind enough to accept our invitation within a short notice to be the Moderator of session. The discussion in the Manthan forum was moderated by her.
Dr. Madhu Agrawal, Dr. Chitrakant Sahu, Dr. N. Srinivas Rao, Dr. Kamlendra Awasthi and Ms. Simi Choudhary were present during the meeting along with core team of CACS students.

 
 


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