Webinar on “The Digital University: Making World-Class Higher Education Accessible to All”

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The 2022 Union budget announcements for the education and skills sector focus on widening the scope, improving the quality of education, building capacity and strengthening the digital education ecosystem. To reflect and discuss ways to effectively implement the initiatives announced in the Union Budget 2022, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) along with other ministries held a webinar on Atmanirbharta through the Amrit mantra of digital education and dynamic skills. . As part of the webinar, a session on “The Digital University: Making World-Class Higher Education Accessible to All” was held on February 21, 2022.

The webinar was opened by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and brought together academicians, government officials and industry experts. The session on “The Digital University: Making World-Class Higher Education Accessible to All” was chaired by Shri. K. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Higher Education with Shri. K. Rajaraman, secretary, DoT being co-chairman. The panelists for the session were Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice President of Piramal Group, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras and Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, President of UGC. The session was moderated by Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe, President of AICTE.

Broader aspects of creating a digital university, including building a comprehensive EduTech ecosystem in PPP mode, digital platform, content creation, effective digital pedagogy, concurrent and robust faculty training , virtual laboratories and the evaluation of digital teaching-learning were discussed.

Panelists highlighted the need for a multilingual and accessible learning management system, creating engaging and immersive learning experiences, connecting peer learners to create strong learning communities and a synchronized experiential learning by blending online education with physical mode (phy-igital).

This university can fill gaps in faculty development, SEDG enrollment, employability skills, quality learning materials in regional languages, formal and non-formal (recognition of prior learning), etc

The University Grants Commission will function as a facilitator and not a watchdog with accountability provisions in reinventing the futuristic learning process of teaching versus digital education.

The opportunities in the current educational landscape of India with the boom of EduTech are truly exciting with the digital university ecosystem, the integration of various GoI initiatives such as BharatNet, National Digital Library, National Academic Repository, the Academic Credit Bank, SWAYAM, NEAT & Internships, the National Digital Education Architecture and National Education Technology Forum to create an inclusive digital teaching-learning ecosystem.

A detailed roadmap and implementation plan for the digital university such as regulatory framework, identification of Hub and Spoke HEIs, academic leadership orientation and faculty training will be developed in due time. to come.

(With GDP entries)

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