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on Mapping for Excellence: Challenges Ahead (Higher Education: Shaping Future Managers)

Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies, Indore organised 13th National Conference on ‘Mapping for Excellence-Challenges Ahead: Higher Education-Shaping Future Managers’, on 16th February 2012. The Institute invited persons with considerable experience in higher education, those who are holding a senior level position-mostly as Directors, Principals, Vice Chancellors and Ex-Vice Chancellors and eminent people from Media. The Conference Advisors were Dr. P.N. Mishra, Dr. P. K. Jain, Dr. Pawan Patni, and Dr. V. K. Jain. The Conference Chairman was CA Prashant Jain, Conference Secretary was Dr. Mona Tawar and the Joint Secretary was Prof. Aditi Naidu.

The Inaugural Ceremony comprised of eminent dignitaries like Honourable Dr. Rajkamal, V.C., DAVV, Indore, and the Chief Guest of the Conference; Dr. Anil Gorani, Director, Gorani Industries, Indore, and Guest of Honour for the Conference; CA R. K Khandelwal, Practising Chartered Accountant & the Guest of Honour for the Conference; Shri P. C. Jain, Patron Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies, CA Dr. P. K. Jain, Principal, Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies, Dr. Pawan Patni, Director (MBA), Pioneer Institute, Dr. V. K. Jain, Director (MCA), Pioneer Institute, Indore and CA Prashant Jain, Executive Director Pioneer Institute and the Conference Chairman. CA Prashant Jain welcomed all in Inaugural Session by Welcome Address. 

Dr. Rajkamal shared his past educational experience. He shared his experiences in Sweden. He shared various experiences and gave various tools to measure quality and said still it is difficult to measure quality. He stressed on the needs of Library, Internet connectivity, Computers. It is important for students that they should spend their time in a planned way. DAVV is such a university that started the course in mobile computing. We should be proud of our university. Every individual should be fond of doing something new every time. 

Dr. Narendra Dhakad appreciated the efforts of Pioneer Institute. He said excellence cannot be achieved in few hours or years. It is a consistent effort to map for excellence, then facing the challenges. For this, it is imperative to survey the market and then slowly proceed towards excellence.  He explained the significance of individual and autonomous body. 

Dr. Anil Gorani said that the degree is losing its value in today’s scenario and it is because of the education system. It is important to give proper training to faculty and to reduce the faculty turnover. The feedback mechanism should be continuous. There is no limit to improve oneself and to attain knowledge. It becomes necessary to work upon field work, training, workshops and to improve upon the facilities.   

CA R. K. Khandelwal said that the syllabus of higher education should be framed according to the needs of the Industry requirements.  He also gave clues on how to improvise on the quality of students as well as teachers. The students should be well aware about the current issues so as to update them and to secure their future. 

The Second Session was Panel Discussion of two hours (from 11 am to 1 pm). The Panel members discussed the current status and future of higher education in India. The proceedings of the panel discussion shall be presented as a White paper to the Ministry of Higher Education of State. The event was covered by the local press, in an endeavour to highlight issues related to higher education in the country and the state. 

 

The following respected panel members were present in panel discussion:

 

1. Dr. Bharat Chaparwal Ex-Vice Chancellor, DAVV, Indore

2. Dr. N. K. Dhakad AD, Higher Education Govt. of MP

3. Dr. D. P. Mishra Advisor,  Shri Vaishanav  Vidyapith, Indore

4. Dr. P. N. Mishra Professor, IMS, DAVV, Indore

5. Dr. Ramesh Mangal Principal, Shri Vaishanav Commerce College

6. Dr. Rajendra Jain Director, PIM Dewas

7. Dr. Anand Nighojkar Principal, MRSC, Indore

8. Mr Manish Joshi Scientific Mesh Techniques, Pvt. Ltd.

9. Dr. S.S. Bhadoriya Director, SGSITS, Indore

10. Dr. N. P. Jain Ex Ambassdor, Govt of India

11. Mr. Sundeep Gupta MD, Gupta Tutorial

12. Dr. Rajendra Singh Director, IMS, DAVV, Indore

13. Dr. V. Tokekar Prof essor, IET, DAVV, Indore

14. Mr. Sandeep Atre CHIMC, Indore

15. Dr. MPS Chawla Professor, SGSITS, Indore

16. Dr. Anil Gorani Director, Gorani Industries, Indore

17. CA R. K Khandelwal Practising Chartered Accountant

18. CA Dr. P. K. Jain Principal, Pioneer Institute, Indore

19. Dr. Pawan Patni Director (MBA), Pioneer Institute

20. Dr. V. K. Jain Director (MCA), Pioneer Institute, Indore

21. Mr. Jaideep Karnik Naidunia

22. CA Sanjay Gupta Atharva Business Solutions, Indore

23. Mr. Aditya Singh Parmar DNA Times

24. Prof. Amiya Pahare Director Swami Vivekanand Career Guidance Scheme, Govt. of M.P.

25. CA Prashant Jain Executive Director, Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies

 

The proceedings of the 13th National Conference are as under:

1. Dr Mona Tawar invited Prof. Amiya Pahare to appraise the audience about the panel discussion. Prof. Amiya Pahare requested Dr. P.K. Jain to appraise the panel about the issue faced in education sector to the audience. Dr. P.K. Jain shared with the audience what inspired him to start an education system. He said about the training he gave during his professional CA tenure. 

2. Further, Dr. P.K. Jain raised the following issues and challenges related to Higher Education:

Questions Flagged by CA Dr. P.K. Jain:

1. Inspite of the fact that there has been a tremendous updation in the field of higher education, there but still persists a huge gap between the actual scenario and the expected scenario? What could be the possible reason for the same?

2. Even though the place of the teacher has always occupied the most respectable status in our society since ancient time but then, also the generation next parents do not want their children to be the teachers of tomorrow. A doctor sees a future doctor in his son/daughter and an engineer would want his son to be in an engineer. Why is it so?

3. It is well said that sometimes even human rights prove to be inquiries to human. A living example can be seen in our education system today where even the slightest remark for the betterment of the student is taken as an insult by the respective student and his/her parents. Rare teachers are dragged to courts and judicially reprimanded for the same. Value system is towards the verge of Extinction. Who is responsible?

4. Even though in this time of cut-throat competition where admission should be based on competitive examinations, then also we find that to achieve the desired targets of seats fulfillment. Students are admitted 

a. Without Examination

b. No cut off

So, what is the significance of conducting the examination?

5. The relief which is provided in the form of ATKT i.e. letting the students to appear for exams “N” number of times till its clearance has made the process of regular updation of the syllabus very difficult. What could be the possible solution as regular updation of course is the need of the hour?

6. Due to technological, economic and cultural advancements there is always a need of to start new and innovative courses. But implementation of the same is an expensive and lengthy affair. So, what could be done to live up to this expectation?

7. Classroom knowledge and real world appear to be extreme which can never meet. Students usually complain of a vast difference between a   Institutional knowledge and industries expectation? Why industry is based syllabus not framed?

8. As English language is the medium of communication for the subject. We find that language is the biggest barrier even for the teachers. So, how could this problem be solved and the desired cause be justified?

9. What does quality higher education mean?

10. Higher education faces an acute shortage of faculty as well as quality faculty. What can be done to address this issue?

11. In a report of top 500 universities of the world, India features only 2 universities and that too low at low ranks. Even the IIMS and IITs have not made it to this league. Why does the Indian education system lag so far behind International Education?

12. As per the University name only teachers appointed under respective course of university can teach and evaluate the examination copies however in case of need on subject specific visiting faculty who is expert in particular subject to teach but is not permitted to examine the copies, then it is possible that the copies of those subjects which are evaluated by the teachers not knowing the subject will do proper justice?

13. Now days higher educational Institutions have become more or less like placement agencies (consultancies). The efficacy of an institute is assessed by the number of placements that particular institute has given. The core objective has shifted from imparting education to giving placements. “Every College/Institute wants to lead in this. – Rat Race” To what extent is it justified?

14. There are no systems of funding the education institutes. As the education is neither treated as an industry nor business it is not covered in the scheme of any banking system. Then, how is it possible that a good institution with good infrastructure will pop-up? At present indirect way of funding.

15. Though there are some accreditations agencies like NAAC, NBA etc for regulating and monitoring the quality of education, still we find efficiency that due to large size of regulation is deteriorating.  What should be the possible solution?

16. As far as one have efficiency and professionalism is concerned are countrymen have always been giving some excuses about population explosion. But countries like China have always used their population as strength to prosperous & develop. So, don’t you think that it is only cause of the mentality what we are lagging behind?

17. It is a surprise that as you become senior you are away from teaching & start taking administrative jobs. So, how will the juniors faculty members benefit from the golden experiences of the seniors.

18. Do you think the system of reservation is fair? If so why? As sometimes many meritorious students loss their rights due to the quota system of admission?

19. Money is being given more preferences than anything else by the students of today. Till what extent is it right?

20. It is observed that more than 50% of IITs graduates are joining as a software professional irrespective of their subject competencies like civil, mechanical etc. There should be some kind of career counseling on planning in the beginning of higher education to avoid brain drain.

21. In India, Institutions are like IITs, IIMs, NIITs, ICAI, ISCI, ICWA etc are producing world class professionals because of complete autonomy and there legal status under individual enactment which mean that we are capable of imparting good education and producing good world class professionals, then why this system cannot be transferred to other educational institutions?

22. Present evaluation system is basically focus on learning, mugging and reproducing. It is in no way of assisting the knowledge and wisdom. There is a need of some changes in evaluation system which should include continuous evaluation system like CBSE has already introduced the system of evaluation.

23. It is surprise that as you become seniors you are away from teaching and start taking administrative jobs. The results how juniors will learn from the experience of the senior.

24. Relaxation in percentage to specific reserved categories should not be allowed rather they should be allowed with some financial assistance.

25. In present education the aim is to prepare the student as successful professional not as a successful responsible citizen having high value system? Is it correct?

After this brain storming session by CA Dr. P. K. Jain, the discussion among the members started, where eminent personalities proved to be an eye opener.

 

The distinguished panel members gave their views as under:

 

Dr. Bharat Chaparwal, Ex-Vice Chancellor, DAVV, Indore:

Discussed about the statistics of teachers and students in the country and discussed about the AICTE statistics of the colleges, students, faculties, etc in the country. He spoke about the current scenario and situation in India. He said that Institutions are divided in government, private and semi-private. The private institution had motto “service and sacrifice” but now they have “service and prosper”.  He also discussed about social responsibility.  Dr. N. K. Dhakad, Additional Director, Higher Education Govt. of MP 

He shared the statistics given by Dr. Chaparwal and raised concerned about these statistics are the major concern in quality education. The infrastructure is big problem faced by the government. Also the staff needs to be increased and the salary given by government as per VI pay commission, the examination system, semester system needs to be improved, reservation policy needs to be thought upon, and it is important to get linked with all types of industries.

Dr. D. P. Mishra,  Advisor,  Shri Vaishanav  Vidyapith, Indore 

He said that the courses of 2 years are being completed in 3 years and evaluation is not being done, copies are not getting evaluated. Enrollments have increased in university, colleges are increased, courses have increased, and semester system has been introduced. These things resulted in increase in operational aspects and put pressure on examination system.  He suggested about making committees so that examination system can be improved, evaluation panels can be increased. Autonomous colleges can be made universities and new universities to be opened. This will result in decrease of load in universities. He also praised about retention of teachers at Pioneer. 

Dr. Ramesh Mangal, Principal, Shri Vaishanav Commerce College

He said that UGC has published 12th Guidelines and book on education scenario. The students have increased drastically in Indore. Around 86% students are studying in affiliated colleges. There are less number of professors in colleges than in university. 42% students in arts, science 19.3%, management 17.8%, and medicine 3.48%; engineering 10.3% are studying. Universities are only confined now in taking examination and how to finish the evaluation. University load should be decreased by taking unified examination. This would lead to timely result and examination.  Now the situation is so messed that we cannot say which examination is to be taken. The semester system introduction has lead to lot of pressure. The system should have been implemented at college level not on mass level. Research has to be motivated at all levels. 

Dr. Rajendra Jain, Director, PIM Dewas

He discussed about several departments joining together in government to frame policies.   He said that we cannot cope up with scenario and the changes being brought. In every Institution we should frame Corporate Advisory Board who should look into the matters that what exactly is desired, what industry needs, tailor made courses to be introduced, case based learning system to be introduced. This board will advice further that where the Institution is going ahead. We cannot change our external environment which is not controllable like UGC, AICTE, etc. We can however control our internal environment. What students are doing, where they are going, and what curriculum is needed, etc issues to be addressed by Corporate Advisory Board. Students, Faculty Members, Directors, etc should participate with Corporate Advisory Board. 

Dr. Anand Nighojkar, Principal, MRSC, Indore

He largely discussed about placements and said that the hypes created regarding placements are actually not true. We should understand the problems faced in placements. He discussed about the gimmicks in placement figures and how averages are calculated. How many placements are being done? How is the placement? These figures are being asked by students at the time of admission.  There is lot of demand but the mental blocks are present in students. They expect more than what is deserved and therefore they are left unplaced. Mental blocks between parents, students and companies need to be removed. Increased usage of internet is observed today. Job portals, linkedin, etc are offering great platforms. He discussed about placement assistance charges involved. Concept of pool campus is also coming up and issues about loss of data, data confidentiality, etc. Only few students are selected amongst the large number by companies. Suggested attitude and motivation training should be given to students and parents that UG students are being more placed. He suggested that courses and tie up with industries should be done. Courses should be designed in tie up with industries and the training to be given accordingly. 

Mr Manish Joshi, Scientific Mesh Techniques, Pvt. Ltd.

He defined students and how they are getting knowledge. He said having knowledge and delivering knowledge are different. Students should give stress on delivery and PD aspects to transfer and deliver knowledge and should give time in laboratory, assignments, projects, vocational training, etc. Students are largely interested to get certificates only. Parents are doing projects for the students who are in small classes in school. Students who are senior inculcate rapport with teachers to the juniors. 

Dr. S.S. Bhadoriya, Director, SGSITS, Indore

He said that students are lucky to get born in today’s world. We could not get so much of resources and opportunities at our time. Today there are many opportunities. There are so many options after 12th. There is no such thing that if admission is not taken in IIT, world will end. There are multiple opportunities in front of students. We are weak in management and system of education.  The problems are there in society too. Sense of pride was there in professionals. It used to give clarity that we need to study in these fields and achieve excellence in this field only. He discussed about ethical values in profession. He said that the purpose of holding the post should be clear. Professional ethics is missing these days. Privatization in education is welcome step in today’s world.  He also said that financial viability is must in education and should be long term. He discussed about mentorship and the importance of training under the professional. Professional education is different than of regular education and the problem is not of the infrastructure but in policy making. 

Dr. N. P. Jain, Ex Ambassdor, Govt of India

He congratulated students of Pioneer for wonderful patience hearing. He also discussed about syllabus. He said that syllabus is the base of education especially professional education. Syllabus should be carefully designed at colleges and universities. Updating of syllabus is very essential. Students should not only focus on placements during course tenure. They should have a learning spirit and develop all round development. In syllabus framing economist, industrialist should be invited and should look forward for changes in syllabus. Syllabus for ICAI and paper pattern has been revised completely. We must give priority to syllabus updation so that students become eager learner rather than running after jobs. One should remain student all your life. Students should develop an un-official syllabus and should give time to their hobbies. Faculties in IIMs are sometimes less qualified than in autonomous institutes. How many students are reading articles? How many are actually taking library seriously? How many are using computer labs effectively?

Sandeep Gupta, MD, Gupta Tutorial

He discussed about virtual classroom and the need of virtual classroom. We should develop virtual classroom environment. Dr. APJ Kalam has also emphasized on making learning an experience of joy and use of technology. Virtual classrooms are five times more effective than conventional technologies. It helps in better understanding of the subject, enhances long term memory and also helps to cover syllabus in limited time span. The use of colorful moving pictures makes presentation interesting. 

Dr. Rajendra Singh, Director, IMS, DAVV, Indore

He congratulated students that there thinking is changing. He said that we can see that professors are not after money rather they look for peaceful and quality education. There is no Model to earn money and no such system developed. The education system has changed a lot. He also discussed about the Reservation quota issue.  He asked Is money solution to all problems? Had this been true money would have become medicine to all problems? We should understand that money is not the solution to all problems in education. This is why no model of money making is framed in education. 

Dr. V. Tokekar, Professor, IET, DAVV, Indore

She discussed about higher education at Global Level, various regulatory bodies and bills, about accreditations and the changes brought in recent regulations etc. she said that there should be less interference of politics in education. Government is providing lot of automation to the colleges. It is the responsibility of State Government to create and develop good education institutes and should be given more autonomy. This will enable them to compete in global world. 

Mr. Sandeep Atre, CHIMC, Indore

He discussed about Personality, the way students choose friends, way they live decide their personality. He shared a short story to the students. Most people realize that what they want / they desire they don’t get. Rather they get what they deserve. He said if you deserve, the success will come to you. Success does not come on our own will. In job we focus “what” and in career we focus on “why”. A degree cannot be wrong the people who are pursuing may be wrong. A personality is how others are doing in your presence, rather than what you are doing. A Manager is one who is interested in others success not on his own. 

Dr. MPS Chawla, Professor, SGSITS, Indore

He said that the topics are innovative for discussion in the conference. There should be never ending literature survey. The result processing is difficult and lot of failures can be seen. He  shared about different aspects of education system. 

Dr. Anil Gorani, Director, Gorani Industries, Indore; CA R. K Khandelwal, Practising Chartered Accountant; CA Dr. P. K. Jain, Principal, Pioneer Institute, Indore; Dr. Pawan Patni, Director (MBA), Pioneer Institute, Indore; Dr. V. K. Jain, Director (MCA), Pioneer Institute, Indore:-

The management of the college and the dignitaries from industries discussed at length in the Inaugural Session. Further, they were raising questions for discussion and were involved in overall co-ordination and smooth conduct of the National Seminar. CA Prashant Jain, Executive Director, recorded all minute by minute proceedings of the seminar. 

Mr. Jaideep Karnik, Naidunia

He appreciated the concept of education problems raised by conference at Pioneer Institute. He mentioned that at least an initiative has been taken and discussion has started. Problems will definitely get solved if discussion is raised. He mentioned that lot of good positions in media is vacant and there are lots of colleges opened for media in Indore. But still we are not able to find good candidates who can become good media representative. He said that good students are formed by good education and mentioned about TCS, Wipro to be arriving in Indore but still we are worried about infrastructure in Indore. There are no good roads, water and other infrastructure available. How will these companies come and survive? He talked about IIT, IIM and education hub at Indore – atleast 60% students should get placed and reach to the top else what is the use of being so big hub? The students are aware about songs but not about the recent updates. Priorities need to be fixed by the students. They must realize that just by paying good fee they won’t become good professionals. Parents are complaining that they are paying so many amount of money and still their children are not getting placed. The thinking that paying fee will result in placement is wrong. Fundamental strength needs to be inculcated in the student. Students don’t know about the VC, Mayor, etc at Indore i.e. the current updates. 

 

CA Sanjay Gupta, Atharva Business Solutions, Indore

Discussed at Inaugural Session by Welcome Address

 

Mr. Aditya Singh Parmar, DNA Times

He said that we work from a view point of a common man. He also raised important issues and said that education is becoming a business; education should not become an industry. He asked are we really preparing students to become managers. We need to stress on aspect of quality education. School education is not up to the standards. Students are retained by offering free meals. Students want only degree or knowledge – is a question. Three points observed by him are:-

Higher education in India lacks practicality. In west, always practical aspects are touched. In India we touch upon only on theory and we ignore practical aspects. 

 

Universities in west are concerned about social problems, real life research, etc. Research is not happening in India. 

 

Inter disciplinary committee is not happening. Students remained confined in one area. Students must strive to reach satisfaction level and not on saturation level. 

 

Prof. Amiya Pahare, Director Swami Vivekanand Career Guidance Scheme, Govt. of M.P. 

He convened the panel discussion. He was the Moderator of the Panel discussion.

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