International Conference 2012-13

UGC Sponsored International Conference

"Redefining Education: Expanding Horizons"

Our college has organized a number of UGC sponsored National Level conferences.The three-day UGC sponsored International Conference on the theme “Redefining Education: Expanding Horizons” was held from 10thto 12th January, 2013.

The 8 sub-themes of the conference were:

•   Reinventing Instructional Design

•   Renewing Educational Research

•   Renovating Educational Spaces

•   Realigning Educational Systems

•   Reawakening Education Professionals

•   Rediscovering Aesthetics in Education

•   Reinforcing Values in Education

•   Rethinking Global Perspectives in Education

Inaugural Session   

Dr. (Mrs.) MintuSinha, Principal of Bombay Teachers' Training College has been the guiding light behind the conference.  In her welcome address Dr. MintuSinha expressed her delight at the fulfillment of the dream of hosting an international conference.

TheHonourable Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr. RajanWelukar inaugurated the Conference.  In his inaugural address, the Hon'bleVice Chancellor remarked on the speed with which the landscape of higher education has changed.He also spoke of the four e-storms that the education sector has faced over the last two decades; that is emerging technologies, enormous learner demand, enhanced pedagogy and erased budgets. 

The Honourable Chief Secretary of the Govt. of Maharashtra   Shri J K Banthia was the chief Guest for the inaugural function.  In his keynote address,ShriBanthia spoke of the fundamental aims of education as preparing the young for the real world.  He emphasized the importance of public private partnership in education and the importance of soft skills and skills development among the youth. 

Dr. P R Gaikwad, Honorable Director, Higher Education Govt. of Maharashtra was the guest of honor. He emphasized the changing roles of those who teach and the importance of mentorship which was lacking in the education system.

Mr. KishuMansukhani, President of the H S N C Board expressed that 21st century demanded a new set of skills, and application of knowledge was one of them.

We had four expert speakers for Day One of the proceedings. 

Dr. MuaviaGallie, Educational Consultant from South Africa was invited to speak on the main theme.  He spoke on the "Transformation of Education – one school at a time".  Dr. Gallie’s claim was that the educational system that developing countries like India and South Africa have inherited from their former colonial masters was 'designed' to fail.  The time has come to change the game and create a system that is relevant for individuals which centres on goals which are chosen by the person himself.  The key was also to focus on the 'invisibles' in education. 

Prof. Micheal Van Wyk, Department of Teacher Education, University of South Africa spoke on "Redefining Teacher Education globally:reimagining teaching locally at a teacher training college."  He used the metaphor of the phoenix rising from the ashes to anew and glorious cycle.  He believes that we should be committed to regenerative thinking and open to multiple possibilities.

Mrs. RevathiSrinivasan, Director Education and Principal,Singhania International school Thane, Spoke on the sub-theme “Reinforcing values in education” She focused on personal, cultural and universal values and cited examples of how these can be achieved in an institution. She believedthatvalues should be student centered .

Dr. Arbind Kumar Jha, Dean,Central University, Himachal Pradesh spoke on "Reinventing Instructional Design: a constructivist perspective".According to this every reality is a mentally constructed reality which depends on the perception of the individual.Instruction tends to be designed and executed in this new understanding of reality.

We had four expert speakers for Day Two of the proceedings. 

Dr. CoomiVevaina, Professor & HOD of English Dept., University of Mumbai spoke on the sub-theme "Re-discovering Aesthetics in Education".  She asserted that Arts fosters Serial, Associated and Unitive Thinking as a result of which the IQ, EQ, SoQ and SQ all get enhanced. She advised to move progressively from step-I (Self Vs. Others) to Step-2 (Self & Others) and ultimately to Step-3 (All is Self). This would lead to generating "Critical Mass" or "Collective Unconsciousness" resulting into action and celebration of differences. 

Dr. M. S. Shyamasunder, Deputy Adviser, National Assessment & Accreditation Council, Bangalore spoke on the main theme "Redefining Education: Expanding Horizons". He elucidated the 7 steps of QUALITY – an acronym for:Quest for Excellence, Understanding the Concepts, Action Orientation, Learner Centric Approach, Innovation for Challenge, Training to build Competencies &Year-round activities.

Dr. VidyaNaik, Professor Business Environment and Strategy, Chairperson – Research &Ph.d. Committee, Mumbai spoke on the sub-theme "Renewing Educational Research". She highlighted the mis-match between educational research methodologies and their relevance to policy and practice.She pointed out the pit falls in Educational Research, such as Weak Logic, Confusion between Moderating and Mediating Variables, Lack of epistemological and ontological considerations, among others.

Mrs. Swati Popat Vats, President, Podar Educational Network, Mumbai, spoke on the sub-theme "Renovating Educational Spaces":She said that brain is the most important organ controlling both the head and the heart, hence we need to fold away the 'box' that we call 'classrooms' & devise the 'new age classrooms' that are brain-friendly environment & in turn nurture the brain.Thus, we should design brain-compatible educational spaces & do away with brain antagonistic ones. 

There were three expert speakers on Day three of the conference.

Prof. R.G Kothari, Dean, Education and Psychology, The M.S.University, Vadodara spoke on the sub-theme "Renewing Educational Research".He stated that there is no single yardstick for assessing the quality of research in all disciplines.Over a period of time the quality of PhD researches has been deteriorating.It comes down to the commitment of the researchers, the guide and the authority evaluating the thesis.

Dr. LathaPillai, Advisor NAAC and the former Vice chancellor, IGNOU spoke on the sub-theme Re-aligning educational systems.According to Dr.Pillai there is a need to undertake research, revive the Infrastructure, Learning resources, and introduce E-learning and cloud competing into education. Sheexpressed the need of change initiated by educational institutions and not the policy makers.

Mr. Anil Harish, Immediate past president of HSNC Board spoke on "Rethinking Global Perspective in Education".He believes globalization is linked to economics.IfChina is the factory of the world, then India should be the University of the World. Global perspectives of education in India should be of high quality, high quantity and at a reasonable cost.

Parallel technical sessions were held on all the three days during which paper presentations were done. In all there were 95 papers presented in 8 technical sessions. There were about 130 delegates, and 97 student teacher participants. Of the 130 delegates, 7 were international delegates, 26 were from other states, 83 were from different parts of Maharashtra and Mumbai and 14 teacher educators from the host college.

 

The following are the brief outcomes of the sessions:

•  Education for the Invisibles ( Disadvantaged Groups)

•  Exchange programmes for teachers and students at university level and schools.

•  Semesterization should be a systemic process.

•  Public-private partnership in Education.

•  Consult learners in their learning.

•  Application of "Choice Theory".

•  Inclusion of all Multiple Intelligences at all levels.

•  Special short courses on soft-skills.

•  Removing mismatch between skill and employment.

•  Freedom of selection of subjects from other streams.

•  Collaborative research should be promoted across borders.

•  Trans-disciplinary research should be undertaken

•  PhD degree holders should work on major research projects identified by universities.

•  Problems having practical perspectives should be taken up.