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Skilling for India’s future: All skilling an up-skilling initiatives must be industry-led

Published on July 20, 2018 - Financial Express

A lack of regular industry-academia interactions is leading to outdated curricula, resulting in unemployment. The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has been re-modeled to carry out financing of skilling initiatives.



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Eight Reasons To Become An Apprentice

Published on July 3, 2018 - Business World

Higher education is no longer the sole step in the ladder to have a professional career. Today’s jobs need skills more than the qualification. Not everyone is good in academics, and not everybody can afford a higher education due to socioeconomic circumstances. But it should not devoid them to have a formal job and an opportunity to earn decent wages. Apprenticeships are the best available options to the youth to start a career, but the social stigma attached to it makes it not a preferred option. kids in the Western world prefer Apprenticeship as it has its sets of merits to make and even fast-track careers.



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Online-based learning is transforming the Indian education system

Published on June 28, 2018 - Business World

There was a time when the state of the Indian education system was significantly dismal and bleak. Multiple issues ranging from obsolete syllabus, lack of practical learning, shortage of quality educators, and other issues formed the crux of the problem. However, in the past couple of years, one could undoubtedly observe educational efficacy evolve with the support of digital means.



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Let's Make Our Students Employable

Published on May 30, 2018 - Business World

The continued focus on primary and secondary education which is mostly dominated by classroom education is critical but the government should also stress on ‘employability’. As per a recent report, India will have 245 million surplus workers by 2030. However, around 80% of the talent who have completed higher of them lack the required skills that would help them get a formal job calling for a re-look at the way education strategies are developed and executed.

Apprenticeships should be made a part of the curriculum to gives hands on exposure to the students for their holistic development. Learning by doing is the best form of acquiring capabilities, helps in applications of the knowledge in dealing with daily activities.



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Corporate University 2.0 will deliver learning On-Campus, On-Site, On-the-Job, and Online

Published on May 30, 2018 - Livemint

Nurturing human capital continues to be the most important driver of value, productivity and resilience for a modern corporation. If strategy is defined as the art of creating an unfair advantage, the only sustainable advantage is a culture of learning. Corporate Universities 1.0 involved setting up in-house physical learning centres—the highest profile being GE’s at Crotonville, the largest being Infosys at Mysuru, and the most effective being Oberoi Hotels in Delhi. But there are challenges; many companies but cannot afford the investments or costs in physical centres, most do not have the size for them, many do not want to do it in-house, and many find them fiscally unsustainable.

The new UGC online regulation combines Apprentice Act reforms and technological progress to enable Corporate University 2.0.



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UGC has approved Online Courses Regulations, 2018 as landmark reform in the field of Higher Education

Published on May 24, 2018 - Press Information Bureau

In a landmark reform in the field of Higher Education, University Grants Commission has approved UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018 in its meeting held on 24th May, 2018. Higher Educational Institutions can offer Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programmes in full-fledged online mode in only those disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar Programmes /Courses at graduation level in regular mode (of classroom teaching) or in Open and Distance Learning mode and from which at least one batch has been graduated and approved by the statutory councils, as applicable.

These regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19. This initiative is a big step towards attaining the targeted GER of 30% by the year 2020.



Machine Learning can Transform Education

Published on Mar 26, 2018 - Livemint

Many educators agree online learning can transform education, but they don’t know how. Textbook and PowerPoint repackaged e-learning—the digital equivalent of paving the cow path rather than building a highway—mean that, so far, online offerings have not been able to blunt the obvious downsides of physical classrooms. We believe that the massification of machine learning could be the missing ingredient—enabling personalization, flip classrooms, rethinking assessments, enabling non-conventional credentialing, etc. Personalization via intelligent tutor systems that track “mental steps” and modify feedback, exercises, explanations and intervention to promote self-regulation, self-monitoring and self-explanation would revolutionize engagement.