Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women organised a panel discussion on ‘Draft National Educational Policy 2019’ in the college premises on 8th August 2019. The Chief Guest Dr. Nilofer Kafeel, Minister of Labour, and Employment, Government of Tamil Nadu and Dr. Jothi Venkateswaran, Director (FAC), Department of Higher Education, and Government of Tamil Nadu graced the occasion with the esteemed presence. Secretary Shri S. Abhaya Srisrimal Jain, Associate Secretary Shri. R. Ashok Kumar Mehta, Principal Dr. S. Padmavathi and Advisory committee members were also present for the inaugural session. Principal welcomed the gathering and introduced the guests for the day. The Chief Guest Dr. Nilofer Kafeel expressed her gratitude to the management for the invite and addressed the audience on how the State Government caters to the work force requirements through funds. She emphasized on the need to have a balance of employment skills and holistic approach in the current pedagogical structure in order to meet the evolving dynamics of the global world. Dr. Kafeel made a point to have more training centres of ten thousand IT graduates.
The purpose of such an open discourse is to make us aware of the new modifications that the government has included in the primary, secondary, and higher educational sectors and to discuss the latest pedagogical structure of education that is more relevant to our current societal framework. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Jothi Venkateswaran, appreciated the college for taking the initiative to conduct the panel discussion on NEP 2019. Quoting the statistics of funds allocated for higher education in Tamil Nadu, he stated that the state is the pioneer in taking efforts for encouraging women’s education. The inaugural session was followed by the panel discussion. The panelist Dr. S Venkatraman, senior consultant (UNESCO), gave a broad spectrum and his insights on NEP 2019. He praised the document saying that it a vision and it should be implemented with maximum effectiveness. He highlighted that the three areas the policy looks into the journey so far, discussing about the emerging issues and the future course of actions.
The next panelist Dr. G. Geetha, Controller of Examination, D. G. Vaishnav College, threw light on the importance of researches being timely, relevant, and diverse. She accented the fact that language is not just words but a cultural signifier. Dr. L Jagannathan, Professor, School of Computing Science and Engineering, VIT University, shared his thoughts that the purpose of education is to trigger one’s thinking. Dr. P.R. Ramakrishnan, Dean of Commerce, Vels University, opened his speech sharing the staggeringly low statistics of the accessibility of higher education in India. Dr. S. Hosimin Thilagar, Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Anna University spoke about the different committees and recommendations mentioned in the draft. Shri. P.G Subramaniam, Principal, Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidhyashram, Chennai emphasized the importance of strengthening the individuals at their grass root level.
Lack of communication skills on the edge of globalization was his serious concern and he hoped to equip the future citizens of the country with the cognitive capacity to participate at the global level. Dr. P. R. Ramakrishnan summarized the points covered by the panelists and gave a few recommendations to be included in the draft NEP 2019 like role of centre in the dispersal of funds, India’s participation in International Student Assessment and to build on cognitive capabilities to participate in global level. He also mentioned that the teachers should be fully informed, aware, and ready to share knowledge with their students. The program concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. S. Rukmani, Vice Principal, Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun jain College for Women.