Two-Day National Conference on Quality, Innovation, ICT & Digital Technology in Higher Education

Jalandhar 27 October (Jaswinder Azad)- Moving forward in its pursuit towards becoming a center of excellence in education, Department of Higher Education, Punjab, and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource and Development) has organized a two-day national conference on ‘Quality, Innovation, ICT & Digital Technology in Higher Education’, atHotel Shivalik View, Sector-17, Chandigarh on 27- 28 October, 2016. Minister for Higher Education & Languages, Sh. Surjit Singh Rakhra presided over the conference.Dr. Roshan Sunkaria, IAS, Principal Secretary was also a part of this conference.
Among various dignitaries were present H. E. David Lelliott, British Deputy High Commissioner UK, Ms Concepcion Baca Bautista, Advisor, Embassy of Spain, MsRenuka Raja Rao, Country Coordinator Education, USA Advising Services, Mr. Simon Grunfeld, Embassy of Sweden, Mr Ashish Sharma, Director, Australian Govt.,MrApoorvMahendru, Director, German Embassy, Ms. Bach ThanhBinh, Counsellor, Vietnam Embassy and Mr Arild Oks Nevad, Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway.
Among the educationists were present Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, PU, Prof. MM Pant, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU, Dr. Jaspal Singh, Vice-chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, Professor A SBrar, Vice-Chancellor, GNDU Amritsar. A special session on “Global Education Scenario and Country Perspective” was undertaken by the experts. The focus of the conference was to highlight the role of digital technology and innovation in education, Gap-Concept of Finishing Schools in Punjab, integrated online education, enhancing the role of a teacher as counsellor/facilitator/ motivator/mentor, future trends in Higher Education in overseas educational institutions, vocationalisation of education and social media.
“The State Government is aware of the significance of use of ICT in the Higher Educational Institutions. All colleges/universities are therefore working towards use of ICT technology for administrative and academic purposes.The Govt. of Punjab has shown keen interest and contributed beyond its required share from time to time to accomplish the projects on time”, said Surjit Rakhra. Professor Arun Grover stressed on the urgent need of implementation of ICT in all colleges and universities to have maximum participation of students and teacher in enhancing the level education. A roadmap describing vision of Higher Education in India for the next 10 years was also unveiled by the higher education minister.
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