Technology cannot replace Teachers says Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, VC of UGC

As the future education will be a blended one where institutes will be focused on delivering content with quality, along with this, Higher education system in India should also focus on achieving sustainable goals which is important for our existence, said Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice-Chairman, UGC.

Technology cannot replace Teachers says Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, VC of UGC

While expressing his view during the webinar organised by The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University, Jaipur on ‘Heartful Leadership: Transforming Education and Supporting Sustainability,’ Dr. Patwardhan expressed his views on transforming education and supporting sustainability and he further referred the ancient system of education and said that the visionaries had identified the ways of transforming education way back.

Adaptive Mode of Change

“Due to COVID-19, people are in adaptive mode of change. The education system in India has adopted and accepted the webinars so fast, which is remarkable but we should not make our education system automatic as technology cannot replace teachers.”

Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, AIU said, “COVID -19 enabled us to face the practical aspects of education system in India. She suggested that within coming two months, Higher education institutes in India should be ready with technical infrastructure, capacity building of teachers and faculty staff, evaluate cost effective online platforms where education can be imparted, assessment and evaluation system should be streamlined, placement and internship opportunities should be identified, national and international collaboration should be made for students and counseling and mental health session should be organized to culturally engage students.

Re-strategising Existing Education System

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR, Jaipur.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University, Jaipur said: “We need to restrategise our existing education system and look of more adaptive way of educating the future generation. The new online system has increased the screen time of students and faculties both, which might hamper their mental health in near future.”

What is more, Dr. Gupta further suggested that the immediate way of adopting heartful leadership is to treat students as we treat our son or daughter. This will help students to get better guidance for their future.”

The webinar organized in association with Heartfulness Institute, India (HFI) and UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCN) is addressed by veteran Indian and International thought leaders, academicians, scholars, and media professionals. The webinar was attended by 1000 plus participants.

A host of eminent personalities in the education horizon including Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute (BIMTECH) and Alternate President EPSI; Dr. D.P. Goyal, Director, IIM, Shillong; Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRM Institute, Chennai; Dr. Bhimaraya Metri, Director, IIM Tiruchirappalli; Dr. Elizabeth, Editor in Chief, Trainer and Curriculum Development, Heartfulness Institute; Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network, India; Dr. Ravi Gupta, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia and Dr. Geoffrey Clemants, Chairman, Commonwealth Infrastructure Partners, London, UK took part in the Webinar and enlightened the audience.