India’s HEI Roadmap In New Reality: Ensuring Globally Relevant Talent, Employment Opportunities & Research
India has already taken a leap with the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP) which bats for globally relevant teaching and learning practices along with providing international exposure on home soil for top HEIs to set their base in India.
The ongoing pandemic and leapfrogging technology have unspooled a new global trend. The classic debate of quality versus quantity has been replaced with quality and quantity. Though multiple challenges and gaps still need to be addressed globally on digitization, it’s certain that teaching & learning practices and new skill sets will occupy a common platform globally. This also means it’s a great opportunity for India to tap, showcase and invest in its talent via education and industry.
Education is turning out to be the future of work and technology is underscoring this reality. While pedagogies and curriculums are being realigned to suit the learning needs during the pandemic, the industry is also making significant shifts in its hiring processes and organizational roles. According to quantitative research of EDHEC, Indians believe that their higher education system must transform continuously. This includes transformation of formats and learning tools, programs or the role of teachers. This report further adds that 70 per cent feel upgrading of teaching skills is important and 40 per cent agreed that teachers are indispensable.
Upskilling and innovative delivery, whether in classrooms or boardrooms, is a crucial transformer today. But merely being in front of mobile or webcam is not the beginning of that process. We must open our minds to not only infinite possibilities and also impossibilities. That process begins with an impactful leadership that is future-driven, willing to take risks and open to innovative and off-beat ideas. Unlike traditional leadership, this futuristic model is driven by multiple competencies wherein leaders are equally comfortable with empowering their teams, taking feedback, encouraging transparency and have a hands-on and hands-off approach when needed.
In today’s world degrees are steadily giving ways to multiple skill sets and life skills that are creating jobs that didn’t exist earlier. Communication, problem-solving skills and critical thinking, empathy, teamwork, initiative-taking abilities are more integral to all jobs than just technical know-how. This also explains why like its global peers, corporate India is valuing its employees and their mental well-being more than before. The pandemic has already ushered gig economy and WFH jobs that have created a new opportunity in an age of pink slips.
In fact, a joint industry report by KPMG, Pearl Academy, FICCI and FDCI has emphasized promoting, entrepreneurial abilities, innovation and global exposure. Technology-based jobs along with those focusing on customer experience and sustainability have also got a thumbs-up. The report further adds that on the upskilling front, many mainstream jobs will see a difference in the way they are executed owing to the impact of technology, data availability and changing consumer preference. It has also highlighted that business skills, soft skills, specialized industry skills, tech baseline and tech disruptive skills are the new mantra.
With rapid digitization sweeping our world, it’s the educational institutions that are the pillars of the future. They need to redesign approaches, mindsets and rejig what exists. As a part of this thought process, reformulating learning methodologies, the idea of an integrated Learning Management System’ (LMS) in educational institutions and organizations is more relevant now than ever before. It provides a more transparent, seamless and enriched working and learning experience.
Now for the big question - How should India ensure globally relevant talent, employment opportunities and research? India has already taken a leap with the introduction of the National Education Policy (NEP) which bats for globally relevant teaching and learning practices along with providing international exposure on home soil for top HEIs to set their base in India. This is also opening doors for international standard research and greater exposure to Indian talent. Undoubtedly this is a great beginning with school learning and HEIs debunking systems of rote and traditional learning over modern education. But how these changes are implemented and executed will define our future.
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