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New Curriculum

With fresh industry demands and new age career options, a holistic academic approach is imperative to create futureready professionals. Education Timesreports
    With the world changing radically, classroom learning is also undergoing significant transformation. Gone are the days when a rigid disciplinary approach
    was the focus. Instead, education today is all about a wide range of choice, which has also consequently brought about a change in traditional career perceptions.
    As Sachin Pilot, minister of state, ministry of corporate affairs, pointed out, “Earlier, students could only think of a few career options, which included doctors, engineers or lawyers.” However, today, he added, the scenario has changed. Students are opting for offbeat careers and making the most of every opportunity. To cater to these needs, institutions and schools need to provide more study options and equip themselves to teach students from all walks of life.
    Pilot was talking at a conclave organised by The Times of India. Titled, Handshake ’12, the conclave, held in the Capital on November 27, aimed to discuss and deliberate upon issues related to changing trends in HR and the world of education. An interactive dialogue between academia and industry on issues of improving employability, the event saw the participation of academics, industry leaders and various other stakeholders.
    Understanding the Indian higher education landscape, transforming higher education in India, role of placement teams, using holistic education to create future-ready professionals and what could be the starting point of innovation were some of the issues that were explored during the day-long conference.
    Referring to the times, Arun Mohan Sherry, director, Institute of Management Technology Centre for Distance Learning (IMT CDL), Ghaziabad, said that a management institute nowadays is not expected to focus only on the basics of management, but also on new and different ways of communication. He added, “It is not only important that students learn to manage a team in a management institute, but also, considering the times we are living in, students should be prepared and taught in such a way that they manage teams across countries.”
    Several speakers at the conclave emphasised that academic institutions, corporates and professionals should work in tandem. In fact, they reiterated that academic institutions will have to deliver education that creates industry-ready professionals. On the other hand, industry needs to keep institutions informed of the skills it is looking for in potential employees. Finally, students, when they become part of the workforce, need to tell their alma mater what needs to be included in the curriculum.

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