Hyderabad: Want to progress? Don’t stop learning was the message that was given by the eminent panelists who participated in the first day of the New Education Policy Conference organized by The Hans India on Saturday.
They emphasized the need for experiential learning with skills, which they felt would expose students to different types of working atmospheres. A full session was dedicated to “Implementing Vocational Training, Skills Training and Entrepreneurship”. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) chief Sobins Kuriakose said: “Zindagi mein aage Badhna hai tho learning should become a continuous process throughout your life.”
He said that so far in professional courses, a diploma from ITI was the end. We couldn’t move on to another area. Now, with the new education policy, students would have a choice to select the subject they get from their school life. Students in grades 6 through 8 would be exposed to different types of work environments.
“You can learn a course of your choice from anywhere in the world. Sobins said today’s engineers come out with degrees but they can’t operate a machine because the education system requires students to practice copy and paste He asked students to assess themselves by writing an aptitude test by logging into https://eskillindia.org He said there are many courses available online for free.You have to browse the website of NSDC or TASK.
Organizational strategist and author K Krishna Saagar Rao, who chaired the panel, said the NEP was a key reform. He said it was essential to maintain a balance between machine skills and human skills. The NEP addresses the issue of transforming graduates into professionals. Chief Executive Pallavi Krishna said the NEP was announced at the right time. She emphasized the need for experiential learning.
Woxsen University’s School of Architecture and Planning, Professor Abhijit Shirodkar said most of their students go through six months of professional training. He said the NEP allows students to choose any career. Senior Professor of Osmania University, Professor D Chennappa said that although the state government has not yet implemented the NEP, the choice-based credit scoring system is put implemented since 2012. Ni-MSME Professor Muthyala Sarath said the government is helping students to become entrepreneurs. .
“Any skill you bring has to have value. If your skill doesn’t add value, you’re not going to add value to the organization,” he said. Headmaster of Gitanjali Group of Schools, Madhvi Chandra said it was an exciting time to be in education. She said there had been a huge influx of technology with online courses after the pandemic. There is a huge gap between education in rural areas and high socio-economic places, which needs to be bridged, she said.