The Future Of Education: Anil D Sahasrabudhe Gives A Glance Of Future Classrooms

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, at AIMA’s Regional Management Conclave 2022

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, at AIMA’s Regional Management Conclave 2022

Policymakers should work out innovative ways for future classrooms to function both physically and digitally, said Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) at AIMA’s Regional Management Conclave 2022.

The 2nd Plenary Session AIMA’s Regional Management Conclave 2022 on- ‘The Future Of Education’ was deliberated by Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

A scholar and professor of Mechanical Engineering, well versed in Education Policies and well acquainted with the Laws of Mechanical Engineering, an institution builder by transforming and facilitating growth, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe is also the transformer of Education, and he was very much qualified to deliberate the Session.

Education in India began as a private initiative but was regulated by the State. The compulsions and economic development and the involvement of politics have only changed the landscape of Education over the years. The disruptions in quick succession have only added more to shape Education.

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe started on a very delightful note by explaining the evolution of Education in India, where pupils used to go to a forest in order to receive Education from a teacher who resided there. And that scenario progressed to students getting admission to schools.

The next stage involved educating students with the help of projectors, moving on to also taking the help of computers. There is also a concept of Distance Education adhered to by many. Education can also be received from YouTube lectures. And now, education can be imparted through Zoom.

Besides, every state also has an Open University. Education has also been specialised over the years, one can enroll in a specialised course of any subject/category. Like any other aspect of life, Education has also undergone torments of the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) World and only emerged stronger.

The Covid pandemic, for that matter, was an eye-opener for the world to witness the power of education. The creation of vaccines and the innovation in businesses to adapt to the new environment was the outcome of the education received by the creators and innovators.

Education at that time went a complete overhaul but did not come to halt. Online Education bridged the gap in physical attendance for students but education continued and students still got educated. And it was the uncertainty of the pandemic that paved way for many innovations in education that have been included in the National Education Policy now.

The impact of technology on the dissemination of knowledge is the knowledge you need for education, which is freely available on the Internet. A huge amount of information and research is available on different platforms for students to take advantage of.

The teachers and students all got used to the Online Form of Education. However, Blended Learning or Hybrid Learning is also a part of the new Education Policy, with some parts of the education happening in the classroom and some online.

Many institutions are also adopting the Remote Control Experiment where some experiments are conducted with the remote technique. The Finance Minister has already announced for Digital Universities to be operational.

The new Education Policy allows you to mix and match courses from different universities and colleges. It also allows you the flexibility of choosing the duration of the Course of your choice, where you can opt-out of the Programme and again come back and complete the same, he said.

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe also spoke about the Faculty Development Programme as part of the Education Policy, where the teachers are being prepared for a new framework of education; to strengthen their skill set, get exposure to new educational techniques, and more.

Finally, he said that the process of learning never stops. One should become a lifelong learner, and that has to come from the teachers. If the teachers set an example, the students are prone to follow suit. The spirit of education should always prevail; inquisitiveness for innovations, awareness of worldly challenges, and making good use of technology.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxZ_dwBeh-M

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India’s IT Revolution: Kris Gopalakrishnan Narrates The Story

Kris Gopalakrishnan at AIMA’s 61st LeaderSpeak Session.

Kris Gopalakrishnan at AIMA’s 61st LeaderSpeak Session.

The IT Industry will always remain dedicated to nation-building, creating jobs, wealth creation and accelerating the economy, said Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan at AIMA’s 61st LeaderSpeak Session.

AIMA had organised its 61st LeaderSpeak Session on the theme- ‘India’s IT’s Revolution- A Marathon Well Run’. An integral part of the past, present and the future of Indian Technology Sector, a global business and technology thought leader who is well known for his role in growing the IT services industry worldwide, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman, Axilor Ventures and Former VC, Infosys rightly deliberated the Session.

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Reinventing Organisation For Automated Business: Shiv Shivakumar Tells All

Shiv Shivakumar at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Shiv Shivakumar at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Companies especially at this time, want to be lean, agile and scale up quickly so automating becomes imperative, said Mr. Shiv Shivakumar, Past President, AIMA & Group Executive President, Aditya Birla Group at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Having held the position of CEO for many brands, Mr. Shiv Shivakumar, Past President, AIMA & Group Executive President, Aditya Birla Group has helped build brands. A regular writer on leadership, innovation, business models, and digitisation, he was most qualified to deliberate AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session on- ‘Reinventing Organisation for Automated Business’.

The Covid pandemic has changed the structures of businesses including automating them for smooth function. The flip side, however, is that it could also replace manpower and in the process, with many giving up their jobs. So, what is the middle path that can be adopted when implementing automation?

Mr. Shiv Shivakumar started the Session by saying that the implementation of automaton in a Company needs the integration of processes and technology on all levels. To elaborate further, he said that the things that organisations strive for are- efficiency, productivity, accuracy, collaboration and flexibility.

The concept of automation for companies earlier was typewriters, where a secretary was the hub of information. Also in the earlier days, with men going joining World War 2, women started to work hence the automation at home started with refrigerators, microwave ovens, dishwashers and washing machines in order for them to save household work time.

With age, the progress of automation led to the first E-mail being sent by Computer Programmer, Ray Tomlinson in 1971. The E-mail then became a standard feature in organisations by the 1990s. The first SMS through a mobile phone was also delivered in 1992.

The WiFi also came into being then after. The next big innovation was WhatsApp which came into use in 2009. The USP of this invention was the “double blue tick’ suggesting that the message had been read.

A lot of things of utility have undergone automation over the years. There has been automation in Sports as well. The Indian Premiere League (IPL)for example, has revolutionised the field, where everything is automated. The Indian Railways is a hallmark of how automation can make things smoother than anticipated. Right from Ticket Bookings, Meal Orders and more.

Mr. Shiv Shivakumar said that AI (Artificial Intelligence), ML (Meta Language) and IoT (Internet of Things) were on even before Covid. There are 1.5 Billion PCs and 3.5 Billion Smart Phones globally. As for robots, there are 2.4 million robots installed globally that will slowly replace manpower. China, Japan, Korea, USA and Germany are already dependent on robots for Company Operations. They will have a huge impact on the Transportation Sector, Auto Sector and Construction Sector. Besides, ChatBots are already replacing humans for Customer Queries.

He concluded by saying that companies especially at this time want to be lean, agile and scale up quickly so automating becomes imperative. Automation was there for a long time and the “the future of work will be automated with more inventions happening”.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdxc6NHZ4kc&t=625s

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Skilling For The Digital Future: Anant Maheshwari Shares The Know Hows

Anant Maheshwari at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Anant Maheshwari at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

Much can be talked about digital skilling, but “it starts with each one of us”. Each one of us has to think through what we need to do to be a part of the digital transformation. We need to have a growth mindset when embarking on a continuous learning journey, said Mr. Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd at AIMA’s LeaderSpeak Session.

While digital has become the preferred way to operate even after the opening of the economy post-pandemic. This makes it necessary for everyone to have the skills to do most of their work remotely. However, the bulk of the workforce has limited access to or knowledge of digital know-how, so there’s a pressing need for digital skilling.

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Leading With Purpose: Rishad Premji Tells How

Rishad Premji at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Rishad Premji at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Mr. Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited spoke about the factors leaders must identify to find a meaningful purpose to ensure business legitimacy and longevity. He also spoke about how companies should keep the “mental health of employees” foremost, besides stressing women having an equal representation in the workforce at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

The 9th Session of AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention focused on the factors leaders must identify to find a meaningful purpose to ensure business legitimacy and longevity. Mr. Rishad Premji, Executive Chairman, Wipro Limited was rightly qualified to deliberate the Session.

He began the Session by talking about his career path in Wipro after having worked overseas in a few companies. His journey and narrative itself became the subject of the Session- “Leading with Purpose”. He mentioned that he had a proper induction before starting his role as an Executive Chairman of the company. Explaining further about being involved with Wipro, he said that “it happened organically” and added further he said he was more active in the Company Operations.

He had a clear mandate and his goals were sorted. He was reviewed and got Appraisals too. However, his main objective as an Executive Chairman was to enable the CEO. Embarking on the path of leadership, Mr. Rishad Premji was mostly involved with three different things:

  • He spent a lot of time with customers
  • He spent a lot of time with the Board of Directors
  • He spent a lot of time with Wipro employees

From each group of people, he had a lot to learn and the takeaways only aided him to implement his future undertakings. That is what instigated him to play a pivotal role in restructuring the company’s culture. “Culture is the smell of the organisation”, he said. It is the driving factor for the company to operate on. While keeping the essence of the company, he made many changes in the culture.

The 5 things that he most advocated to be an effective leader-building culture, were-

  • Being respectful
  • Being responsive
  • Facilitating communication
  • Demonstrating stewardship
  • Building trust among the employees

Besides, the in-house Sessions on building culture were very helpful in building the company’s culture.

So, how on a scale of such diversity and mammoths, could a common culture be built? Mr. Rishad Premji’s strategy was also to connect with people and exchange stories. He also said that there should be a philanthropic side to a company. For example, in Wipro’s case, a good percent of the company’s capital goes to social causes and dedicated foundations. All these are recipes that can actually conjure up the identity of a company, which further helps in building its culture.

Mr. Rishad Premji stated that the personal effort of the company owner and the effort of the shareholders plays a vital role in building the company’s name. He said that people come from overseas for the cost but stay for the quality if the company can offer.  And all of these are a part of “leading with a purpose”. The idea is to become change-makers in society that others can take a cue from, to follow. He added that organizations are not just beings but living beings with a purpose and many responsibilities towards the community we live in.

Lastly, he said that earlier, diversity and inclusivity used to be the last clauses in companies. However, now these are sorted out first for the company to be operated on. He spoke about how companies should also keep the “mental health of employees” foremost while strategising for their growth. He also stressed the workforce being diverse with women having equal representation.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r68lQ44l4Lw

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Road to Transformation: Nitin Gadkari On Building a Fast and Green Economy

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

The government is facilitating green technology for India to be a responsible leader for a safe environment in the global community. E-Highways, electric buses and E-scooters are already operational in a bid to transition into a “green India” said Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Nitin Gadkari, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India delivered the Keynote Address in the 3rd Session of AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention on the theme- ‘Road to Transformation: Building a Fast and Green Economy’ and here are some of the valuable things he had to say.

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Leading Women: Vanitha Narayanan Tells How To Take Gender Out Of The Game

Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak

Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak

The whole concept of a woman taking up official/leadership roles should not be overhyped, but there should be a neutral approach to gender equality, said Ms. Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader at AIMA Aspire’s WomenSpeak.

AIMA Aspire had organised its 2nd WomenSpeak Session on the theme- ‘Leading Women: Taking Gender Out of The Game’. Former Chairperson of IBM India, who played a critical role in enabling the company’s global missions and evangelising its brand and solutions, a pioneer of many causes having worked with a male bastion of the Tech Industry and yet invariably standing out, Ms. Vanitha Narayanan, Senior Global Executive & Board Leader rightly qualified to deliberate the Session on- ‘Leading Women: Taking Gender Out of The Game’.

Ms. Vanitha Narayanan firstly chronicled her professional journey. She said that having taken Liberal Arts as her subject of specialisation, to be in the Tech Industry was something she had not anticipated. However, when she did take on the role, it occurred to her that leadership should be “gender agnostic and not gender-specific”. Like any other professional, she had her share of challenges as a woman, but she devised a way to not only come out of them but learn something to take it forward in her career life.

Ms. Vanitha Narayanan also said that when a woman joins an organisation in a leading role, she should not be referred to as a “woman leader” but just as a leader, besides adding that “you’re either a good leader or a bad leader”, leadership has nothing to do with being a male or female.

The theme of the Session was made more meaningful when she shared an analogy about the criteria for a monarch. The attributes in the list criteria included; authentic, resilient, committed, loyal, flexible and more. And none of these attributes are “gender specific” she further mentioned. At the time of the coronation of the Late Queen Elizabeth II, “gender was totally overlooked” and the focus was on the role’s adaptability and essaying the role. And that is what the approach of the companies should be, she said.

Also broaching the subject of reservation or quotas, she was of the view that the whole system of quotas is an unfair setup, as in the process talents could be lost. It could also indirectly be setting up someone for failing to perform if they are appointed through a quota and not through an official process of hiring. Companies should specifically hire resources on the basis of talent and skill, she affirmed.

Lastly, she said that “where you come from doesn’t define where you end up” emphasising the importance of hard work. Reiterating the point that she had started her deliberation on, she said that roles/leadership should be “gender agnostic”. The whole concept of a woman taking up official roles should not be overhyped as “she is being appointed on the basis of talent and not because she is a woman”. A neutral approach to gender is what she advocated.

Watch the full Session- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY3iXfGGHZU

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Ease of governance will optimise the business ecosystem: Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar

Hon’ble Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

Hon’ble Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon’ble Vice President of India assured industry leaders that he would help deliver Ease of Governance to enable a growth-oriented ecosystem that would allow the Indian industry to grow geometrically at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention was opened with the Inaugural Address by Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Hon’ble Vice President of India, and this is how his Address went.

Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar started by saying that it is “soothing” to note that business leaders, academicians and administrators are playing a critical role in shaping India’s incremental trajectory in all facets, in very challenging times.

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India Thriving in the New World Order: Jyotiraditya M Scindia tells how

Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

India is unfazed by the global challenges and progressing tremendously on its own accord, in the New World Order, said Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Steel Government of India at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

With the reordering of the international and national landscape underway, India needs to figure out ways to adapt to the circumstance. While India’s leadership is realigning its attitudes and actions now, India is emerging as a sought-after destination with its; good governance, high-quality infrastructure and strong regulatory framework. Hon’ble Minister, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation; Steel Government of India spoke about what India is doing to adapt to the changing world at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

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India’s Changing Role in G20: Amitabh Kant Explains

Amitabh Kant at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

Amitabh Kant  addressing at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention

India has to push the narrative of the growth model during its presidency as it will be challenging leading G20 next year due to the geopolitical wrangling, Russia-Ukraine war, weakened economics and post-pandemic effects, said Mr. Amitabh Kant, India’s Sherpa for the G20 explained what role can India assume in a fractious G20at AIMA’s 49th National Management Convention.

While India has been a key member of the G20 elite group since the trans-Atlantic financial crisis, India’s importance to global order has never been felt more strongly than during the recent crises of covid and the US-Russia standoff over Ukraine. Given India’s geographic and economic heft, the scope, direction and effectiveness of G20 (Group of Twenty) rely on India’s consent and leadership.

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