The edumate.tv conducted a discussion in collaboration with the Indian Management System (IMS), Ghaziabad. The founder of the edumate.tv discussed how students and teachers gain experience from the past and learn the ability to renovate in the future. The past experiences help in shaping up the future, we can learn from past experiences. The teachers and students must learn to understand their prospects in the future and this will enable them to be everlasting in the modern industries. The future of the industries lies in the hands of the students and teachers help in building skills. The discussion was conducted between the founder of the edumate.tv, host, Chetan Sharma and Prof. Alok Pandey of IMS, Ghaziabad. The pandemic has made a new life, we are locked within the four walls, yet we travel, we explore the world through the internet. Even in the lockdown, the work resumed online. The management needs strong connectivity and breaks down the complexity of the system.
The discussion started with an opening remark of Mr Chetan Sharma, “we learn to live and live to learn and what it turned out to be an unprecedented situation, an unprecedented pandemic, with history being written across the geography of mother earth and in the mind of eyes has created a major catastrophe making every one of us rewind, we think, we boot, we strategize, we structure, we format before we build a new normal, a new life.”
The pandemic has made a new normal. We must think about us and establish our lifestyles and thoughts.
Prof. Alok Pandey of IMS, Ghaziabad strategizes a wonderful concept before lockdown. The strong management system is needed that helps the organization to work on strong grounds, strong ethics. Amid lockdown, classes are on and the management is not disrupted as all the students are well equipped and do have a strong internet connection. Some of the major challenges were left to overcome such as examination system and the pattern of questions to put up with. In the middle of the lockdown, the sudden closure of schools, colleges and the educational institutions had left an emptiness amongst the students.
With the help of colleagues, Prof Alok Pandey resolved the issue. The institution adopted ‘hybrid learning’. The concept of ‘hybrid learning’ was made before lockdown. The respective idea created a long-lasting impact in the pandemic as the students were able to cope up with the new study techniques and the very idea established a strong focus amongst them. The learning management system along with the online mode of examination and good connectivity in the residence set up and turned out to favour the system. The students were able to develop the final research projects that enabled them to re-establish their foundation. The entire library was converted into the online system and the students were able to take advantage out of it. The library was equipped with the software system, updated database and online journals. The students were able to take exams in April. The students were promoted without any difficulty. They carried on the summer internship projects with the help of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The internship projects were based online that help the students to gain knowledge and experiences.
The institutions carried on Faculty Development Programs (FDP) to train the teachers. The institutions conducted 40 webinars. The Faculty Development Programs (FDP) trained around 1000 teachers across the institutions during the pandemic. The institution was able to carve out the ‘best out of adverse situation’. The certain turn of events helps institutions to convert into an advantage and the social media presence added value in the difficult times.
The respective founder of the edumate.tv, Chetan Sharma asked the level of uncertainty during such vigorous change as the hard-hit issues needed final solutions. The teachers training program carried out during the pandemic with a strong systematic digital structure would help the training sessions. The well built digital system paves a way to powerful and smooth program.
As per Mr Pandey, the teachers do not often need training programs since they possess higher education. Most of the teachers have qualified degrees of MBA and PhD. The regulatory framework is much needed along with the digital structure. He said, “What we lack in this country is infrastructure.” The strong infrastructure helps the management to regenerate, reestablish and recreate a good system. The powerful digital structure helps to build a systematic form and doesn’t prevent the work from happening. Also, he cited another problem in the education sector. He said, “In education structure, the problem is the policymaking is very, very myopic.” The shortsightedness in the system put a stop to administrative work. The policymakers try to achieve a long goal in a short period of time, almost next to impossible. The rat race during the pandemic and the sense of achievement is an illusion. The policymakers decide unrealistic goals to achieve within a short time. This rebound the achievements of the policies. Similarly, looking into the matter of the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, he said, “National Education Policy (NEP) is formulated without keeping teachers as a part of the committee.” Since teachers are the role makers in the lives of the students, a teacher knows the students at its best and its worst. It is important to formulate a policy where, teachers must be the focal point for the growth of the students and at the same time, the students and the teachers must grow together to achieve a goal. We all know that the students’ centric education system is much needed but we do not forget that the teachers are the foundation of the students. Indicating such, he said, “You need to understand what goes behind a teaching system, what goes behind a higher education system.” The students pursuing the technical courses have complained of the missing industrial skills in the future.
In the USA or the American education system, professors have industrial skills and that helps the students to learn the managerial skills in the industry. The professors can impart the correct knowledge of the basic skills required in the industry. This strong enabling framework from the side of the government allows the seamless flow of connectivity with the industry. Students need to learn managerial skills and techniques in the industry. Strong technical skills help the students to rebuild their future in the coming era. The problem of unemployment can be solved with the help of strong technical skills. The education model in the present circumstances is an input mode. The structure of ‘input mode’ is not proved to be a productive one as; the industries look for the employees with a better vision that can serve their organizations. This output mode of structure helps the students to get employed, to get a job. The industries prefer skills to degrees, one must be smart enough to realize that. In the problem in the Indian education system is the ‘governance, regulatory structure/ regulator body, policy-making’, these three crucial problems reinforces other problems, eventually leading to the failure of the management of an institution and whole of the structure. He added that the vice-chancellors are much disconnected with the classrooms and they are not being able to understand the core of the issues. The bureaucrats don’t understand the complications of the education system. They are not being able to satisfy the thirst of the teacher. The unfulfilled requirements make unsatisfied results.
The policy is far realistic and comes under good books. The implementation is the key. The policies need ‘good implementation’. In the post-independence, he said,” we need good systems to excel.” The Britishers left India disrupted economically, financially and mentally. The social deprivation made Indians pity. The problem of inequality persisted and the post-1990s, it rose to a great extent. Till today, we see people with income equality, even after many years. The class differentiation, class distinctions have made the managerial structure, a big failure. Even if, at the foundation level, the system does well, but as an individual grows up, the state and the policies take over and thus, the requirement of a good implementation of a policy is an essential key for success. The curriculum is free and there needs to be a strong sense of freedom of choices amongst the students. This brings out the best of the management.
Lastly, certain things need to be changed in the educational structure of India. The four-year degree is a bit ticklish as the students may spend time-wasting. The policy must be reconsidered as the examination structure in India is at fault. The students are encouraged to look for the guidebooks for solutions. The labs are vacant; sometimes the labs have an insufficient number of students. It is a matter of utmost importance that before the conversion of all the 4- year programs, the students must be provided more chances to enhance their skills.
Similarly, allowing foreign universities to open up their ways to India will help them to capture the Indian market. The foreign universities will preserve the places of Indian elites. It may damage the conscience of the students. The foreign universities will establish a new class system in India. The loss of students in the state universities and the Indian University campuses will be huge.
The discussion concluded with the advice being provided to the vice-chancellors, teachers, students and parents. The vice-chancellors are advised to attend the classrooms that will help them to understand the gist of the problem. The teachers are the silent corona warriors as they continue building a strong foundation amongst the students. During the pandemic, they allowed the smooth evaluation of the question paper and the open book system. It is important to learn the technical skills and understand their domain-related skills. The students are advised to read a lot to get some perspectives. They must understand the threats of cybercrime, learn to secure themselves online and understand the business along with learning the history of the business. The parents must allow their children to attend classes and motivate to learn hybrid learning. Lastly, Chetan Sharma said that the dynamic personality must be frank, flexible and futuristic.