Lamp lighting ceremony VARIndia IT Forum 2011: (From Left to Right) Prof. K. SUBRAMANIAN-Professor & Director, Advanced Center for Informatics & Innovative Learning, IGNOU, S. Mohini Ratna, Editor, VARIndia, Tobias Grote-Beverborg, M.A, Distribution Executive, South Aisa, Deutsche Welle, Germany, Deepak Kr. Sahu, Publisher, VARIndia, Ashok Ganguly, Former Chairman, CBSE, Prof. Kailash Nath, Ph.D (Yale), Interfinit Technologies. Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor & Chairman, Distance Education Council, IGNOU Prof. B. C. Tripathy, FNA, School of Life
The 9th IT Forum began with the lighting of the ceremoniallamp by the hon'ble Chief guest, Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan TPillai, Vice-Chancellor & Chairman, Distance Education Council, IGNOU, and distinguished guests of honour - Mr Ashok Ganguly, Former Chairman, CBSE; Prof. Kailash Nath, Ph.D. (Yale), Interfinit Technologies, USA; and Prof. B. C. Tripathy, FNA, School of Life Sciences, JNU. Mr Tobias Grote- Beverborg, M.A., Distribution Executive, South Asia, Deutsche Welle, Germany, was the special guest of the session.
The Education Summit, an all-new initiative, from KDMPL witnessed attendance from more than 180 Principals from Delhi & NCR that included MCD schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas and public schools, besides reputed educational institutions and governing bodies.
The Education Summit comprised of speeches from educationists on the current education system, its “Drawbacks”, “Challenges” and “What it should be like”. While the educationists brought to light the current challenges, the corporate representatives from Canon, HP, Epson and NComputing informed the audience about the various IT solutions which can be used to enhance the current education system. IT companies showcased their products and technologies available for educational institutions and students.
|During the Panel discussion, the panelist agreed that still ICT is just a subject to be taught and not used as a tool to impart education. Moderator concluded that ICT should be used a means to make our kids future-ready.|
There was also a panel discussion on the role of “ICT in Education” moderated by Mr Bikas K. Singh, Head - Corporate Affairs, Lenovo India. The panel discussed and highlighted a major problem of teachers' preparedness to use the newer forms of education. The panellists included Prof. K. Subramanian, Professor & Director, Advanced Centre for Informatics & Innovative Learning, IGNOU; Prof. B. C. Tripathy, FNA, School of Life Sciences, JNU; Puneet Sabharwal, Assistant Director, Canon India; Mohammad Danish, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft India; Amit Khanna, Director - Business Development, Ncomputing; Ritu Ghosh, Government Affairs Specialist, HP India; and Satyajeet Satapathy, Deputy General Manager - North & East, EPSON India. This was followed by the valedictory address delivered by Ashok Ganguly, Former Chairman, CBSE.
|Prof. Kailash Nath Ph.D (Yale), Interfinit Technologies while addressing the audience talked about the need to prepare today's kid to face tomorrow.||Ashok Ganguly, Former Chairman, CBSE, emphasising on the need of schools to evolve from being "Center of Curriculum delivery" at present to "Center of Excellence delivery"1||Prof. V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai, VC, IGNOU, sharing views on how open education excites and helps large number of dropouts to get education once again.|
|J R Kaim, Dy. Director Education, MCD, Delhi, emphasised on the change of education system where students would also get chance to speak (Need for interactive teaching ambience)||Puneet Sabharwal, Assistant Director, Canon India how ICT would take education from one orbit to the next.||Satyajeet Satapathy, Deputy GM - North & East, Epson India talking about various Epson solutions meeting the various big & small needs of teachers and students while making Study - a fun!|
|Appadurai A, Country Manager Indigo & Inkjet solutions, HP India informed the audience about their recent initiative "Lab in the box”||Tobias Grote-Beverborg, M.A, Distribution Executive, South Aisa, Deutsche Welle, Germany explaining the role of digital media in spreading education in the absence of either the schools or the teachers. ||Amit Khanna, Director- Business Development - N Computing educated the audience about the concept of virtualisation and its importance in the education sector. |