The Indus Foundation
Indo-Global Education Summit & Expo 2014
to be held in city in November


Press Note

Indo-Global Education Summit & Expo 2014 to be held in city in November

India has 20 million post-secondary student population, 630 universities, 35,000 colleges, but our gross enrollment ratio is low with only 20 per hundred accessing higher education while internationally it is 30 percent: Prof. V.S.Rao, Director, BITS Pilani.

While studying at professional colleges, students must practice their profession like medicos do: informed Prof. V.S. Rao, Director, BITS Bilani.

India needs 1500 more Universities.  With nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, one in every four graduates in the world will be a product of the Indian higher education system by 2030: Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, OMICS Group

Hyderabad, September 5……THE INDUS FOUNDATION,
a non-profit trust dedicated to the promotion of higher education and healthcare in India announced its forthcoming Indo-Global Education Summit & Expo 2014  in a press conference organized in a city hotel today.

Welcoming the gathering, Mr. S.B.Anumolu, President, The Indus Foundation informed that the Education Summit will be held in November 20 to 23rd
at Marigold Hotel and Green Park Hotel in Hyderabad.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. V.S.Rao, Director, BITS Pilani Hyderabad said India has 20 million post-secondary student population, 630 universities, 35,000 colleges, but our gross enrollment ratio is low with only 20 per hundred accessing higher education while internationally it is 30 percent: Prof. V.S.Rao.  We can not increase the number without improving the quality.  Both quality and quantity in higher education is very poor.  We need to innovate to get solution to this problem.  Our faculty must absorb best practices adopted overseas.  Universtities immersion is a must.  Use Technology in Education. Adopt the latest technologies.  He urged to utlise MOOCS—Massive Open Online Courses.  MOOCs are a recent development in distance education which is emerging big now.  It is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access through Internet.. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants he said.

Speaking further he added that IIT, BITs were among the first in India to deliver lectures through MOOCs.  Multi location Universities like BITS are adapting this.  Because of it one faculty can deliver his or her lecture to thousands of students in various locations across the globe.  This is a revolutionary too to address the shortage of good faculty.  We must harness the potential of technology to overcome both quality and quantity of Faculty, he said.  Research is an important component in education.  Higher Educational Institutes are good in teaching. But, lack research focus.  Not even 1 per cent of Universities in India focus on Research in education.  We miserably failed to cultivate research bent of mind in under graduation programmes in India, he opined.  While studying at professional colleges, students need to work like Medicos.  They must practice their professional, like medicos do.  They must go to industry.  So urged organizers of the Indo-Global Education Summit to work towards briging the mismatch of educational institutions and industry.  The Industry must also be made to participate in educational summits like this, he observed. University and Industry linkage is the key for the success of higher education, he said. 

Addressing the gatheringDr. M. Rammohan Rao, Professor Emiratus, Indian School of Business spoke about Academic Collaborations. Indian educational institutions must establish a Research Collaboration with foreign universities.  He talked about other collaborations such as Student Exchange Programs, Semister Abroad Program, Virtual Team for Project works, Immersion Program, Twinning Program etc and others.  The benefits from these collaboration are many.  Students get global exposure, learn cross cultures, become true global citizens, helps to network with peers, helps to international placements. On the other side institutions too get to know and learn international best practices, will have enhanced reputations, helps to get good international ranks, get international accreditations.

Anil Reddy, Senior Vice President of FAPCCI said the FAPCCI has adopted 9 industrial training institutions in Nalgonda, Mahboobnagar, Hyderabad and Medak Districts to develop the qulity of Trades in certain Areas. 

Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, CEO of OMICS Group, the Scientific Partners for the Indo-Global Educational Summit said India's post secondary education system is increasingly recognised as one of the best in the world but, coming to higher education, it is not all that great.  Almosttwo-third of our universities and 90 per cent of our colleges are rated as below average on quality parameters.

India's higher education systems is the world's third largest in terms of students, next  to China and the United States. 26.5 million students enrolled in Indian higher education of that IITs enroll about 8000 students. India needs 1500 more universities with adequate research facilities by the end of the year 2015-2016, in order to compete in the global markets.

By 2030, India will be amongst the youngest nations in the world. With nearly 140 million people in the college-going age group, one in every four graduates in the world will be a product of the Indian higher education systesm by 2030. 

The Summit will be organsied in support with OMICS Group, FAPCCI, TV-9 and many other organizations informed Mr. Anumolu announced.

Sharing more details Mr. Anumolu added that the Expo will showcase technology and training solutions, and will put the spotlight on educational institutions of excellence, highlight best practices in teaching, learning and training.  It would be a place where students aspiring for higher education, their parents, teachers, lecturers, educationists, and others, would assemble in large numbers.  It will serve to be very  useful for students to plan ahead for the year 2015.

It is a unique event which is being organized in India as an annual event from 2009 onwards. Major fields covered would be Engineering & IT, Business & Management, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences. Expo 2014 will have the following categories of exhibitors said Mr. Anumolu.  Some of the participants of the event include Overseas & Indian Universities / Colleges / Schools; Institutes offering Engineering, Technology, HRD, Business, Management, Medicine, IT, Architecture, Designing, Fashion; Technical & Vocational Colleges, Open Universities, Management Training Centres, Computer Schools, Schools of Fine Arts, Language Centres, Correspondence Schools, Distance Learning Centres and others

The highlights of the Summit and Expo are as follows

  • Free entry facility for Expo
  • Free counseling & guidance sessions
  • Visits by students, parents and managements in large numbers
  • Display of posters and distribution of brochures by institutions
  • Time slots for presentations by participating institutions
  • Participation by around 1,000 foreign and Indian delegates
  • Sessions on academic collaborations with foreign institutions
  • Around 10,000 footfalls of students and parents at the Expo
  • Awards for educational excellence to Indian and foreign institutions
  • Awards for outstanding educationists, researchers, and faculty.
  • Extensive media coverage for the event before, during and after the event

India has the world's second largest post-secondary student population of around 20 million.  It  has over 630 universities and university-level institutions and 35,000 colleges. Our Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) is low with only 20 per hundred accessing higher education. We are far behind the developed countries' GER average of 45 per hundred.  The Government of India has set a GER target of 30 per cent by 2020

Media Contact: Solus Media, D. Ramchandram, Mobile: 9848042020
 

Source: By E-mail (September 5, 2014)

Published on IndianMBA.com on September 6, 2014

 

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