National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai organised a webinar on Technology-enabled holistic education on 30th September 2020 to discuss ways to integrate technology in implementing National Education Policy-2020. This webinar emphasised the role of technology in improving education in rural settings. Five hundred thirty-two participants registered for the programme. The deliberations were made with evolving technology to improve academic settings in rural India.
Director, NITIE Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari delivered the welcome speech emphasising on NITIE coining an initiative regarding the new education policy implementation through technology to improve education in villages. While emphasising on different facets of technological developments Padma Bhushan Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande, Chairman BoG suggested the need of developing integrated curriculum such that along with scientific temperament, critical life skills are also learnt by all students. He reiterated the need to develop content on artificial intelligence, machine learning, system design, and as well as communication, empathy, moral, and to create Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Dr Madhav Sathe, social entrepreneur and Dr Upendra Kulkarni Head, Deendayal Research Institute, New Delhi presented the challenges related with ground realities, and how their teams have successfully designed programmes at taluka level and successfully integrated technological interventions to promote education in schools of rural India. Prof. Arvind Patil shared how NITIE could contribute to advancing technology-enabled holistic education through the Centre of Distance Learning. Prof. Vivekananda Khanapuri and Prof. Upasna A Agarwal invited suggestions and questions from registered participants. Participants brought several perspectives to the forum for discussion that includes the need for developing apps for student and teacher assessments, making videos on vocational and life skills, having post-graduate students work on live problems of rural education, among others. Prof. Nikhil K Mehta conducted the proceedings