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Conference Report on Quality Advancements in Teaching & Learning towards Academic Excellence

IQAC, SLC & NAAC
National Conference
Quality Advancements in Teaching & Learning towards Academic Excellence
2-3 August, 2019

SLC (University of Delhi), Shyam Lal College IQAC in collaboration with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)  organized two days’ National Conference on "Quality Advancements in Teaching & Learning towards Academic Excellence"on 2-3August, 2019 in the Conference Hall of the college.

The Conference spanning over two days comprised of the Inaugural session, 2 Plenary sessions, 1 Roundtable, 1 Students’ Panel, 5 technical sessions and Valedictory. Renowned academics graced the conference and contributed as resource persons. The resource persons included Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Vice Chancellor, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, WB Dr. Pratibha Singh, NAAC, Delhi, Prof. K. Suresh, NIEPA, Delhi, Prof. K.G. Suresh, former DG IIMC, Delhi , Prof. Anil Swain, Utkal University, Odisha, Prof. Anisur Rehman, Director, UGC-HRDC, JMI, Prof. Veera Gupta, NIEPA, Delhi, Mr. Sanjeev Singhal, Partner, EY Global, Delhi, Prof. Sidharth Mishra, VIPS, IP University, Delhi, Prof. V.K. Kaul, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, DU, Prof. Aswini K. Mohapatra, JNU, Prof. Vipin Agarwal, Principal Sri Aurbindo College, University of Delhi. More than 150 participants, paper presenters, research scholars and students participated in the conference and deliberated upon the theme of the conference.

The Conference was formally inaugurated on 2 August, 2019 with traditional lighting of lamp. Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Vice-Chancellor, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, WB was present in the function as Chief Guest. Dr. Pratibha Singh, NAAC, Delhi was Guest of Honor on the occasion. Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar, Principal, SLC (University of Delhi), Shyam Lal College and Dr. Kusha Tiwari, Convenor, IQAC welcomed the guests. The Inaugural session of the conference began with introduction of the theme by Dr. Kusha Tiwari. Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar delivered the welcome address.

As Chief Guest of the inaugural session Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty emphasized that education and society are dialectically connected. Therefore, he emphasized that education should inculcate social concern in the teachers and students both. He further noted that the educational system that still has McCauley led strategy in India is responsible for moral decadence of individuals. The Indianness of education is necessary by breaking the linguistic barriers so that the learners’ fear of language in pedagogy is done away with. The Guest of Honor of the inaugural session Dr. Pratibha Singh noted that themes such as the one of the conference will prove beneficial for the students, teachers and society as a whole. Such initiatives should also aim at giving valuable suggestions to the government, educationist and policy makers. She further informed the participants about the new NAAC and NIRF parameters to assess the institutions and rank them as per their performance. She also gave a presentation of the new format of assessment and accreditation under NAAC. She also talked about how the new system involved students in the process to bring in the transparency and objectivity while assessing the educational institutions.


The next Plenary session of the conference on Value Addition & Advancements in Higher Education was convened after the tea break in which Prof. K. Suresh, NIEPA, Delhi, Prof. K G Suresh, Former DG of IIMC and Prof. Anil Swain, Utkal University, Odisha deliberated in the plenary session. The session was chaired by Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar, Principal, SLC. Prof. K Suresh maintained that though blind imitation of the western pedagogy and techniques should be avoided, the age of globalization mandates the teachers and other stakeholders to keep abreast of the changes the world of education is witnessing in the current situation. Since students are more adept of using technological gadgets, they are prone to verify the information that’s being delivered to them in the class. Therefore it has become incumbent on the teachers to be technology friendly and adopt innovative methods of classroom delivery. He further noted that regulatory mechanisms have also witnessed changes as the initial collegial regulation is compounded with state and market regulation in the current scenario. Therefore introduction of the market oriented courses has become necessity to enable students employability to keep the classroom teaching relevant. The dynamic leadership in the educational institutions will prove crucial in ensuring innovation and effectiveness of the teaching and learning processes. He further informed the participants that the educational institutions can no longer remain reliant on state funding alone and that they will be compelled to raise their own resources in the days to come.  Prof. Swain, in his address, invoked the teaching and learning system of gurukul of our past and emphasized the need to indigenize our pedagogy. Then only, he said, we will be able to create our coming generations who are nationalist and humanitarian in their blood and spirit. Prof. Kar, as chair of the session, summed up the observations while maintaining that new challenges in educational system will require newer solutions. He focused his remarks on the usage of ICT skills in classrooms along with sincerity in grasping and adapting to generational change of students.

After the lunch break, the two parallel sessions in the seminar hall and the board room of SLC were held. In the seminar hall students' panel discussion on Education beyond Conventional Classrooms: From just in case to just in time" was held. This session was moderated by Miss Gauri Malhotra, a third year student of SLC, DU. Vrinda Saxena of Ramjas College, Miss Shreeya Upadhyay, Alumna & Advertising and PR professional, and Mr. Angad Anand, Alumnus, SLC, DU took part in this student panel discussion. These students based on their experience of classroom learning as well as their stints with the job market, set the tone of their expectations from the educational system.

The parallel technical session held in the board room was based on the theme of " Ethics and Values in Higher Education"and was chaired by Dr. Arkaja Goswami, Department of Chemistry, SLC. In this session Mr. Gulnaz Ameer, Research Scholar, Aligarh Muslim University on "Ethical Values in Education & Dr. Aeshna Nigam, Shivaji College, University of Delhi on Importance of Ethics in Education, Dr. M. Kalimullah of Aligarh Muslim University on "Ethics and Values in Education System" Ms. Shweta Tewari & Dr. Dhanajay Joshi, of USE, GGSIPU on "Understanding free will, Agency and Autonomy and the Role of Education in their Right Exercise for a Democratic Outlook" presented their papers.


The next two parallel sessions were convened from 3.15pm – 4.30pm respectively in the Conference Hall and the Board Room of SLC. The one held in the Conference Hall was based on the theme “Learning through Culture in the Age of Quality Assessment”. At this session Prof. R. K. Singh and Ms. Priya Chaudhary of the Department of Commerce of Delhi University presented a paper on “Quality Assessment through the Lens of Culture and Learning”. Ms. Auditi Pramanik of Jawaharlal Nehru University on “Realization of Unity in Diversity: Rabindranath Tagore’s Idea of Experiential Learning for the Manifestation of Creativity”, Dr. Sahil Thakur of Sharda University on “Language & Culture Barriers for Foreign/Non-Local Medical and Dental Students: The Need for Inclusion of Local Language Classes in the Curriculum”, Ms. Shailla Draboo of Jamia Milia Islamia on “Embracing the Future of Higher Education with Information Communication Technology: Challenges and Issues”, Ms. Mridula Sharma of University of Delhi on “English Medium: Challenges in the Contemporary Educational System presented their papers. The Technical Session that was held in the Board Room of the SLC on “Expanding Pedagogy through Innovation and Technology was chaired by Dr. Samrendra Kumar, Department of Hindi, SLC. In this session, Dr. Yash Deep Singh of Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun on Higher Education System in 21st Century India: Challenges, Solutions and Innovative Pedagogies for Transformation in Learning and Teaching Dr. Gurmeet Singh of SLC, University of Delhi on “Teacher as a Role Model in Higher Education Segment”, Dr. Kuldeep Dhankar of Sharda University on Importance of Life Skills Teaching at School and College Level: A Survey Based Study”, Dr. Kavita Arora of SLC, University of Delhi on Education and Rehabilitation of Differently Abled Children in India” and Dr. Niramala Rajput & Ms. Chanchal of Shri Aurobindo College, University of Delhi on Education of Sustainable Development: A Theoretical Model Sustainable Education in India presented their papers.


The Plenary session of the second day of the National Conference on Quality Changes in Higher Education was convened in the Seminar Hall of SLC. The session started with the formal introduction of the guests by Dr. Ashu Gupta, Department of Chemistry, SLC. Dr. Anil Swain, Prof. Utkal University chaired the session. While expressing his views on “Quality Enhancements, Quality Changes and Opportunity and Challenges”, Dr. Anisur Rahman said the efforts towards improving higher education in India are quite slow. Referring to initiatives such as First Education Policy (1948), The Kothari Committee Report (1968), The Second Education Policy of 1986, the Upcoming New Education Policy took 35 years to come. Apart from that, he maintained, there are serious issues with the budget allocation to education and that the recommendations in the documents and reports referred above are not kept up. Then Prof. Rahman reflected on the Draft New Education Policy and explained its salient features such it aims at improving the GER (Gross Enrollment Ratio), increasing number of educational institutions while maintaining their standards, establishment new regulatory bodies, to establish National Research Foundation etc. Prof. Veera Gupta, NIEPA, Delhi, in this plenary session, presented her views on “Quality in Higher Education”. The focus of her presentation was on how to measure and enforce quality in higher education from the regulatory perspective. She maintained that UGC, through various parameters as mentioned in the Academic Performance Index (API) and NAAC, measures the quality of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). Explaining the binding and the recommending aspects of act and framework respectively she said, reports and recommendations made by various committees from time to time have not been implemented because of they were recommendations. She further noted out that in order to improve the higher educational system we must charge up system and teachers through the means of various schemes and regulations to support those schemes. Mr. Sanjeev Singhal, Partner, EY Global, Delhi while expressing the expectations from the corporate world, set the tone for students and their preparedness to take up jobs in private sectors. He also took stock of the present day condition of our conventional teaching and learning system in the conventional set and said it was not up to the needs of job market. Despite being the third largest educational system in the world, we haven’t been able to figure out among the best institutions of the world. He further said that there was need to orient our students to professional attitude. The pedagogy has to be lifted from rotten learning and needed to update to suit to the modern day requirements inculcating latest developments of the subject matter. He also emphasized on the need of educational institutes tying up with industry and making our research a quality based affair. The session was concluded with question answers session on the presentation made.


The next session was a Roundtable discussions on the theme “Challenges & Transformations in Learning and Teaching” convened in the boardroom of SLC. The session was chaired by Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar, Principal, SLC and Prof. Sidharth Mishra, VIPS, IP University Delhi, Prof. V. K. Kaul, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delhi University, Prof. Vipin Agarwal, Principal Sri Aurbindo College, University of Delhi shared their views in the session. Setting the tone of his presentation Prof. Kaul noted out that India glorious past in terms of education and culture but the external aggressions and imperialist exploitation pushed into era of darkness. He said that there is need to reclaim the past glory and education is a means to do that. The topic of the conference was pertinent, he said, as it will prove to be platform to discuss the New Education Policy draft and may also make some meaningful suggestions. He further observed that education is a tool to enhance once cognitive and social skills, emotional and spiritual intelligence, and environmental sensitivity and so on. He further informed the participants that technology is affecting our personal, social and professional lives positively and negatively in every possible way. Running away from it would not help us. Making friends with it for better was the only choice. As educators, he said, we are expected to use technology friendly methodologies to cater and to appeal to the expectations new generation of students. Prof. Sidharth Mishra in his presentation pointed out to the dynamics of new age generation, the demand from them on the market front and career choice that students and parents make for their pupils. In the current scenario, the older pedagogical practices would not enjoy much relevance and there is need to orient it towards professional courses in terms of demands that market forces make. For that, even teachers’ training programmes such as faculty developments programmes have to be modified and made realistic rather than making them conventional and ritualistic. He observed that the government institutions are somewhat lagging behind in such efforts and are under a threat to be replaced by the private educational institutions in terms of attracting not only learners but also teachers who want to enhance their careers. Prof. Anil Swain, in his address, laid the emphasis on moral education and invoking Indian culture in our educational system. Deviating a bit from the emphasis laid on the infrastructure of the educational institutions and need to tailor courses and students to meet the requirement markets alone, Prof. Vipin Agarwal sought the need for conventional as well as modern techniques and methods in his observations. He further mentioned that teachers and students are the backbone of educational system rather than infrastructure of the institutes alone. At the same, he cautioned the teachers to keep themselves updated of the latest trends in education by working hard to know more and updated knowledge of their subject of teaching. He underscored the need of teachers connecting emotionally to students to ensure smooth delivery of knowledge in the classrooms. Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar, as a Chair, concluded the session with some of his own reflections on the theme. He said while we must adapt to changing needs the field of education is witnessing, we must also not forget the age old wisdom that our ancient institutions of educations (e.g. Gurukul System) enunciated. He further noted that it’s not practically always possible to take the class to the field therefore teachers will have to be imaginative and innovative enough to bring the field in the classrooms.


The next two sessions of the conference were held parallel from 1.45-3.00 pm after the lunch break. Dr. Sitaram Kumbhar, SLC, University of Delhi chaired the session based on the theme “Learning Beyond Classroom: The Road Ahead” which hosted student presenters from SLC and other colleges of Delhi University. Mr. Bhuvan Israni, Research Sholar on “Combining Artificial Intelligence with Special Education”, Mr. Namit K Srivastava & Mr. H. K. Tiwari, Research Scholar, Delhi University on “Critical Analysis of e-learning in India with Special Reference to Access to Higher Education”, Ms. Divya Mathur, SLC on “Green Chemistry Education from Classroom to Industries” and Dr. Swati Sharma, Sharda University on “Teaching Innovation in the Dental Curriculum: Student Feedback and Future Aspects” presented their papers.  Another session on the theme “Learning Goals and Evaluative Outcome” was convened at the boardroom of SLC. Dr. Arkja Goswami, SLC, University of Delhi chaired the session. Dr. Alankrita Chaudhary, Sharda University on “Blended Learning- Perception of Students and Faculty: A Comparative Study”, Ms. Anita Sikandar, SLC, University of Delhi on “Learning Outcomes-based Curriculum Framework for Undergraduate Education: A Roadmap Ahead”, Ms. Masi Narang, Student, Bachelor of Management Studies, Shiv Nadar University on “Exploring the Entrepreneurial University Orientation in India: A Study through the Intellectual Property Lens” and Dr. Gunjit Kaur, Department of Economics, University of Delhi on “The Importance of Financial Literacy in the Development of Education System and the Society” presented their papers.


Dr. Kusha Tiwari, Co-Coordinator of IQAC, SLC proposed vote of thanks to the dignitaries and the resource persons at the conference for their valuable time, inputs and knowledge at the valedictory session of the conference. She also thanked IQAC members and non-teaching staff of the SLC for their untiring work at the conference for two days. The session was concluded with the distribution of certificates of participation and mementos to the participants and organizing members of the conference by the Principal, Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar, SLC.


 

Dr. Kusha Tiwari                                                                              Prof. Rabi Narayan Kar
Coordinator, IQAC                                                                            Principal. IQAC



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