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Summit held on ‘Reimagining Future of Higher Education’


Hyderabad: CII Telangana in collaboration with Telangana State Higher Education Council (TSCHE) & JNTU Hyderabad  organised an EDU Summit with the theme “Reimagining the future of Higher Education” at Hyderabad today.

           The objective of the Summit was to deliberate on the future of Higher Education, Employability Skills and Industry Academia Collaboration. 

In his Keynote Address Dr KP Krishnan,  Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt of India spoke on public policy and government’s approach to skilling and vocational education. Speaking about the issue of employability, Dr Krishnan mentioned that it has been long talked about but we have not been able to satisfactorily resolve it. However there has been a change from the earlier approach of vocational & skill education. Apart from the traditional manufacturing sector, there has been an emphasis on the service sector and short term courses. Creation of sector Skills Councils led by industry bodies is also a welcome step.

There is a recognition at the Political and policy level that a future jobs in India will not be in old style wage employment, but a lot of jobs will be created by self employment and entreprenuership. Emphasis is for an employment ecosystem which is very different from what it used to be in the past, he said.

            Dr Krishnan also spoke about the broad draft Vision 2020 which has strongly emphasised on the dual education system, strategic priority to catalyse demand for formal skills from small and informal entreprenuers and creating an enabling and inclusive skilling environment. There is a need to incorporate these in the new generation Skilling programs, he said.

            Delivering his special address at the Inaugural Session, Dr BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, CII- Education Council & Executive Chairman, CYIENT Ltd highlighted the need to appropiately leverage the demographic divdend of the country by educating and skilling them well and ensuring that they are gainfully employed.

            Prof Papi Reddy, Chairman, Telangana State Higher Education Council in his address highlighted the need to bridge the gap between Industry and Academia. He requested industry members to collaborate with universities and share the latest industry updates with the faculties.

            Vagish Dixit, Convenor, Education & Skills Panel, CII Telangana & Managing Director, ALPLA India in his theme address spoke on the need to connect skills with education and education with employability. Earlier In in Welcome Address,  D Raju, Chairman, CII Telangana & Managing Director, Kirby Building Systems & Structures India said that the education sytem needs to be more case study based. Prof V Venkata Ramana, Vice Chairman, Telangana State Higher Education Council, and B. Vinod Kumar, Vice Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board, also spoke.


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