WES 2012 - Higher Education Track: Innovation in Universities... - Dr Elizabeth Shirly

Dr Elizabeth Shirly, Director, IIITM, Kerala
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: ICT has led to the development of many impressive tools for improvement in the quality of education. The concept of e-learning is  already taking root, but it is not wholly successful. Our country’s educators and professors face a challenge in changing the mindset of  people towards ICT.
The curriculum has remained the same over the years, but the transformation has happened in the learning methods of education.  India is a developing country, but to develop into a superpower, we need to have a world class education system. To strengthen the education of our country we have to invest in research. The faculty has time only for examinations and evaluation of answer sheets, but no time is given to them for research. Educators and policy makers have to think out of the box and transform the conventional education system.
Our system of education must reach out to all the 700 billion people in India, both in urban and rural areas. ICT plays an important  role in this endeavour. There are a number of ICT tools and products, but their ultimate success rests on the simplicity of their design and also on the IT literacy of the students in rural and urban areas.
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