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Union MoE Ramesh Pokhriyal Inaugurated Virtual International Akhand Conference ‘EDUCON-2020’

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Union Education Minister inaugurates two-day Virtual International Akhand

On January 7-8 2021, the two-day Virtual International Akhand Conference ‘EDUCON 2020’ held which was inaugurated by Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Ministry of Education (MoE). The Chief Guest of Valedictory Ceremony was Prof Dhirendra Pal Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi.

  • This 31-hour long marathon International Conference was the first of its kind conference in India where global scholars continuously explored the possibilities of use of ICT (Information and communications technology) in the higher education to promote quality education in India.

Theme:

Envisioning Education for Transforming Youth to Restore Global Peace

Organizers:

Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) in collaboration with the Global Educational Research Association (GERA) under the patronage of Prof. (Dr.) Raghavendra P. Tiwari, Vice Chancellor, CUPB & Padma Shri Dr. Mahendra Sodha (Patron, GERA).

Focus:

Global perspectives on various paradigms of National Education Policy (NEP)-2020

Key Points:

–The conference intended to transform the India’s learning system to meet world standard by empowering youth with the global competencies.

–It also helpe the prospective teachers to become familiar with different technologies.

— Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ gave the mantra of ‘Perform, Reform and Transform’ for successfully implementing all new imperatives of NEP-2020.

-Eminent educationists shared their views on important topics like the Relevance of Ancient Education System in 21st Century, Skill training programmes for future graduates etc, and at the same time will discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities for education of a future generation.

–It also provided a platform for discussions on emerging trends in education viz., likely scenario of higher education and school education by 2050, developing disruptive technologies for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Education, training youth for strategic future jobs in Universities, skill training programme for future graduates and relevance of ancient education system in 21st century.

Participants: Scholars from the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, Thailand, USA, Australia, Bhutan and India

Recent Related News:

i.On December 16, 2020, During the bilateral meeting between Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom (UK) Dominic Raab, in New Delhi stated that India

and the UK agreed to set up a joint task force consisting of designated higher education organisations from both the countries to work towards mutual recognition of academic qualifications over the next year.

ii.On the occasion of 89th birth anniversary of former President and Scientist Late Dr. APJ (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen) Abdul Kalam i.e. on October 15, 2020, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, virtually launched the ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for Intellectual Property (IP) Literacy and Awareness campaign.

About Ministry of Education (MoE):

The Ministry of Education was formerly known as the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

Minister of State (MoS)– Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre