13th National Summit on Quality in Education

‘Quality education should not result in mere delivery of knowledge but also in the development of skill sets’ Dr Kakodkar

Knowledge multiplies when open and shared seems to have become an old adage with the enactment of Intellectual Property Law, says Dr. Anil Kakodkar former Chairman of the Atomic Commission of India at the National summit on Quality in education in Mumbai on 22- 23 October, 2010. This summit was organized in partnership with the Department of School Education and the Department of Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra with the theme ‘Quality Education: Innovations for Inclusiveness’. Delivering his keynote address he also emphasized that good, Quality education should not result in mere delivery of knowledge but also in the development of skill sets. It is very important to prepare the students for putting their knowledge gained in classrooms for facing challenges in life. He also called for increased investment in the field of education.

Praising the School Cluster movement initiated by CII-IQ in various states wherein member schools meet to share best practices and learn from each other, he also suggested a similar clustering where students from neighboring schools could get together and practice and share skill sets. He called for the support of NGOs and other corporate organisations in the promotion of this venture. This he believes will certainly improve employability. Dr Kakodkar’s address also focused on the power of ICT in learning. This according to him will lead to The enrichment of students as well as the teaching community.

India has always had a rich cultural legacy for inclusive education and has always been and is still today an inclusive society in the sense that a very wide variety of cultural and religious beliefs exist side by side said Mr. K N Shenoy Chairman CII Institute of Quality delivering the Welcome address. Even today, small rural schools provide education for all children under one roof, little realizing that they are following a system of education newly rediscovered in the West termed “Inclusive Education”.


From left : Dr Sarita Nagpal, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr Balwant Seth,Vice - President & Trustee, Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal,
Mr K N Shenoy, Chairman, CII Institute of Quality,
Dr Anil Kakodkar ,Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, at the lamp lighting ceremony
In the session on Inclusiveness in Education: yesterday today and tomorrow, Prof. Anita Rampal said that assessment of children should be about progress. The best research shows that the competitive assessment measures social advantage, and not the learning. She said we need to change the architecture of classroom for inclusiveness which includes seating arrangements teaching methodologies, learning styles, alone.
They should sit in to promote interactions and do away with words like slow learners, tracking and streaming students. She advocated
mix abilities groups in schools. According to Prof. H A Ranganath Director, NAAC, quality and inclusiveness is not mere compliance but beyond, which could be termed excellence and is intrinsic in nature at individual and institutional level.
Mr. K N Shenoy, Chairman,CII Institute of Quality addressing. To his left Dr. Sarita Nagpal, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry, Dr Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, Mr. Balwant Seth,Vice - President & Trustee,Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal at the inaugural ceremony

Interesting insights into how Bharati foundation has managed to reach the rural masses with excellence infrastructure to impart quality education, Rev Dr G Pushparaj’s efforts to reach the tribals in the interiors of Tamilnadu and the model adopted by Silveroaks school Hyderabad to provide international curriculum at Rs 36000 per annum school, broadened the spectrum of knowledge with respect to inclusiveness models tried by them.
 
How technology can be leveraged to reach every student in the classroom and and every nook & corner of the country through V Sat virtual classroom, were shared by Mr Tarun J Mathur Vice President, NIIT Ltd and Mr. Rajiv Kumar from Everonn Education Ltd respectively.

Sitting left to right: Dr Sarita Nagpal,Deputy Director General,CII,
Mr K N Shenoy, Chairman,CII Institute of Quality,
Dr Anil Kakodkar,Former Chairman,Atomic Energy Commission of India, Mr Balwant Seth,Vice - President & Trustee, Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal at the inaugural ceremony

In the session learning from other sectors Corporate giant Tata Steel shared their journey for inclusiveness in all areas of society and their commitment towards the upliftment of the marginalized sectors, whereas the NGO Pardada Pardadi Educational society shared their model of inclusiveness to educate the girl child.

Dr Fawziya, Director- Special Education, Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman shared her country’s initiative and experiences with the audience through examples.
Prof. Lata Pillai, Pro Vice Chancellor Indira Gandhi National Open University presentation highlighted how formalization of delivery of non formal education has resulted in increased literacy rate in the country. IGNOU is also ‘The People’s University’ in the truest sense of the word, by identifying the requirements and designing  & offering programmes for every aspect of life which can add value to the community. The Government, alumni as well the staff of any institution is stakeholders therein. The presentation by Mr V Munian was unique in the sense that it showcased the efforts and initiatives of the Corporation of Chennai to bring about a change in its schools as well the benefits of the clustering of these schools. Learning from one another’s experiences and best practices is key in the journey towards excellence. This journey was conceived and delivered by CII-IQ, with the Kuruvila Jacob Memorial educational Trust.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'educate one man, you educate one person, but educate a woman and you educate a whole civilisation'. A University which believes in this maxim i.e. Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women showcased their initiatives in empowering today’s women spearheaded by a strong and resilient woman. Why shouldn’t children with disability be able to play in public parks and use the facilities like other normal children? This burning question is what made a parent create awareness and a movement which has garnered enough support from other volunteers to create disabled friendly parks. Breaking barriers through play and becoming truly inclusive is the aim of this Kilikili Trust, Bangalore.

Dr Anil Kakodkar,Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India delivering the inaugural address.
To his left Dr Sarita Nagpal, Deputy Director General, CII, Mr K N Shenoy, Chairman, CII Institute of Quality at National Summit on Quality in Education, Mumbai 2010
 

The grand finale came from Mr. Anand Kumar from Bihar who runs the Super 30 Institute for IIT aspirants which specializes in coaching students from the economically weaker sections and achieved 100% admission for all the 30 students for 3 consecutive years. In his presentation he also emphasized on the need to improve the quality of primary education which is the key to producing better citizens of tomorrow. His presentation reflected that the economically marginalized community is also capable of producing engineers of high caliber- this was what propelled this man from Bihar to come up with an institution which has trained/ mentored without charging any fee and sent all its 30 students into IIT through the IIT-JEE Social inclusion at its best.

Over 200 delegates across country participated in this summit. The two day summit emphasized the need and innovations for inclusiveness when the education sector is growing rapidly. The learning has been that ‘Inclusion is not a single movement; it is made up of many strong currents of belief, many different local struggles and myriad forms. Marginalization in education is the product of a toxic mixture of inherited disadvantage, deeply ingrained social processes, unfair economic arrangements and bad policies. There is no single formula or blueprint for overcoming marginalization in education. This summit was an attempt to get the models/ frameworks innovated by various stakeholders to share and learn from each other and adapt it their respective environment.’

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