Minister bats for upgrade of higher education system

IMPHAL, 9th Jul: Education Minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam has inaugurated a two-day panel discussion on “Emerging Disciplines and Their Prospects and Challenges in Manipur” at the central hall of GP Women’s College here on Thursday.
Sponsored by State Project Directorate of Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan, the programme was attended by University & Higher Education Department director Khumanthem Diana Devi, subject experts, teachers, officials concerned and students.
Addressing the gathering, minister Radheshyam said that subjects offered in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) of the state should have relevance in the modern times and should be productive in the future as well.
Emphasizing on the need for upgrading the syllabi of colleges and HEIs in tune with the changing time, the minister observed that effectiveness of the subjects or courses offered need to be analysed in the context of the market demand and their purpose in the development of the society.
Pointing out that employability is only one aspect of education, minister Radheshyam mooted for redefining the purpose of education by shifting the focus from quantity to imparting knowledge and skill development. Before introducing a new discipline or subject, one must keep in mind the interest of the students and future of the society, he added.
Acknowledging the shortage of teachers in the state, Dr Th Radheshyam clarified that unlike in other departments where casual employees can be appointed, education department cannot do such appointment. So, the minister urged the existing teachers to collaborate and communicate as a team so as to improve and bring advancement in the education sector of the state. Moreover, the minister said that depending on feasibility, a centrally located institution may be allocated for providing classes on subjects where there is lesser number of students to address the issue of teacher shortage to some extent.
Hoping that the panel discussion would help in addressing the key issues for improving higher education sector in the state, Dr Th Radheshyam suggested that experts and officials concerned to formulate syllabi that could enhance the communication skills, critical thinking and analytical mindset of students.
Speaking on the occasion, Higher & Technical Education commissioner M Harekrishna stressed the need to discuss necessary steps for development of higher education sector in the state.
He pointed out that global scientific and technological advancement have questioned and challenged every existing facet related to education.
Emerging necessities and demands accelerated evolution of new subjects. There has been a paradigm shift in the higher education sector creating a gap.
The panel discussion will have four technical sessions on the themes ‘The Gap between Present Curriculum and Present Employability Crisis’ to be chaired by professor W Nabakumar Singh and ‘Necessity of Pedagogical Approach in Academic Institutions for Developing Originality of Learners’ – Innovations, Creativity, Problems Solving, etc.’ chaired by professor Laishram Joykumar Meitei on the first day.
The second day would be held under the theme ‘Need of Overhauling Curriculum Challenges’ and it would be chaired by Dr RK Nimai Singh and ‘Examination Reforms for Quality and Learner Friendly’ chaired by professor W Nabakumar Singh.
The main aim of the panel discussion is to address the selected themes and invite experts from industries, academic and societal bases to discuss the key issues for improving the quality of higher education.
A souvenir was also released towards the end of the inaugural session of the panel discussion.

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