VARINDIA Organizes ICT in Education Summit 2013
[ The event witnessed the presence of Honorable Guest Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma- Joint Director- CIET- NCERT, Mr. Tarun Mallik, Microsoft India; Ritesh Chopra, Symantec Corporation; Rajan Verma, Net Axcess Communication; Saket Setu, C-Zentrix; Dr. Harold D’Costa, Intelligent Quotient Security; Sujit Panigrahi , Fitness 365; Sujit Bhattacharya, Indus World School; Vijay Shukla, Eduvisors; Sharad Agarwal, Fracton Technologies; Shamim Alam, India HP; D.K. Khanna, GOI; Sunil Gupta, GOI; N.K. Goel, CMAI; Mr. Manit Jain, Heritage School, New Delhi, Mr. R. C Sekhar, Gyan Bharati School, Saket, New Delhi, Dr. Anju Mehrotra, Kalka Public School, New Delhi, Ms. Anshu Sahi, Army Public school, New Delhi, Ms. Sonia Anil Verma, Salwan Public School, New Delhi, Ms. Seema Malhotra, New Delhi, Mr. Gaurav Tomar, Rabindranath World School and Dr. C.S.Arora, Govt. of India. ]
In yet another attempt to drive the technological revolution for the development of one of the most important factor of everyone’s being- Education, VARINDIA, India's frontline IT publication has organized ‘ICT in Education Summit- 2013’ on 8th February. The event attracted a huge number of academicians from across Delhi and NCR along with various corporate where the IT industry showcased various products and technologies. The invitees of the event include various IT honchos, VARs and senior officials from the Educational fraternity.
|Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma
Joint Director, CIET- NCERT
Director - Sales Net Axcess Communication
Business Solution Architect, India HP
Head Marketing & Alliances, Amtrak Info Systems Ltd
The event witnessed the presence of Honorable Guest Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma- Joint Director- CIET- NCERT. Other guests who graced the event were Tarun Malik, Director - Online Business & Competitive Strategy- Microsoft India; Ritesh Chopra, Country Sales Manager(Consumer Products & Solutions)-Symantec Corporation; Rajan Verma, Director - Sales – Net Axcess Communication; Saket Setu, CMO- C-Zentrix; Dr. Harold D’Costa , Director - Intelligent Quotient Security; Sujit Panigrahi , Co-founder and CEO – Fitness 365; Sujit Bhattacharya, CEO - Indus World School; Vijay Shukla, Managing Partner, Eduvisors; Sharad Agarwal, Director - Fracton Technologies; Shamim Alam, Business Solution Architect, India HP, Indigo and Inkjet Press Solutions APAC/ Japan; D.K. Khanna, DDG, Dept. of Telecom, GOI; Sunil Gupta, AGM & Head IT, JPC, GOI; N.K. Goel, Chairman, CMAI; Manit Jain, Director- Heritage School, New Delhi, R. C Sekhar, Director- Gyan Bharati School, Saket, New Delhi, Dr. Anju Mehrotra, Principal-Kalka Public School, New Delhi, Anshu Sahi, Principal, Army Public school, New Delhi, Sonia Anil Verma, Salwan Public School, New Delhi, Seema Malhotra, Educational consultant, New Delhi, Gaurav Tomar, Director, Rabindranath World School and Dr. C.S.Arora, Senior Consultant, Ministry of HRD, Department of Higher education, Govt. of India.
Addressing the audience, Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma- Joint Director- CIET- NCERT said that Education is more than just classrooms and textbook learning and children should be encouraged to adopt ICT in Education but its impact should be examined critically. He added that technology should not however have damaging effect on children but enhance the children’s creativity. He reiterated that India still lacks 12,000 teachers. 24:10
Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher, VARINDIA welcomed the esteemed guests and elucidated the intent of the forum which is to bring upon the up gradation of Education with the help of ICT as education is important at every level.
Country Sales Manager Symantec Corporation
Managing Partner, Eduvisors
||Dr. Harold D’Costa
Director, Intelligent Quotient Security
Ritesh Chopra, Country Sales Manager (Consumer Products & Solutions)-Symantec Corporation, opined that since technology is playing a vital role in education today, it is important to keep a tab on what a child is accessing. Thus, proper security is very important. He also delineated various solutions of Symantec which can address the security threats.
Rajan Verma, Director - Sales – Net Axcess Communication gave his companies perspectives and shared information on the usefulness of wireless solutions. He has thrown light on several technological dimensions which can uplift the present day educational scenario. He further shared information on the trends of ICT in education which includes mobile learning, which means learning can be done on mobile devices; cloud computing; digital classrooms; one to one computing and smart portfolio assessment.
Shamim Alam, Business Solution Architect, India HP Indigo & Inkjet Press Solutions APAC/ Japan, elaborated on the skills like Team Work Collaboration, Critical Thinking, IT Application, Creativity etc which are not generally imparted in educational institutions but are significantly looked for by the employers. He explained how technology can help in enhanci
ng these skills as IT is the catalyst in the teaching and learning process and that technology driven classrooms are more beneficial than lecture driven classrooms.
Ankita Saikia, Head Marketing & Alliances, Amtrak Info Systems Ltd. talked upon the penetration of education in India like never before. She also spoke about the usefulness of tablet PCs for students. She informed that Amtrak tablets are designed keeping the students in mind. Most of the schools want a digital environment but that budget is a constraint. Amtrak aims at developing digital classroom with the help of the software industry and early adopters in the education segment.
Saket Setu, CMO- C-Zentrix said that an interactive, communicative way of education has much more to give to the children than mere textbook education which happens all the way in India. It is important that today’s generation of teachers should try to connect to today’s generation of students with the level of technological understanding as they have. Thus, ICT in education is important in all senses, whether the communication is happening inside or outside the classroom. He added that educational institutions should build seamless communication platforms using technology for enhanced results.
Dr. Harold D’Costa, Director - Intelligent Quotient Security stressed upon the cyber threats that are looming large incase proper security measures are not taken. He has thrown some live examples which explain the threats one can fall prey of sans proper security.
Vijay Shukla, Managing Partner, Eduvisors opined that are over 120 million schools that’s absolutely the largest in the world. However, over 99 percent of schools in India are extremely poor in quality. He emphasised that education is imperative and that with the coming of technical advancement the education landscape is definitely going to see new horizons.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mohini Ratna, Editor, VARINDIA as she thanked the august audience for their valued views and suggestions. The event however, left the audience with the food for thought that today there are innumerable technologies which are being made available for enhancement of education. It is now for us to give it a concrete shape and act upon them wisely.
Best Practices For Simplifying Technology For Schools
[ L to R :- C.S. Arora, Senior Consultant, Ministry of HRD, Department of Higher education, Govt. of India; Sharad Agarwal, Director - Fracton Technologies; Tarun Mallik, Director - Online Business & Competitive Strategy - Microsoft India; Vijay Shukla, Managing Partner, Eduvisors; Dr. Harold D’Costa , Director - Intelligent Quotient Security; Sujit Panigrahi , Co-founder and CEO - Fitness 365 ]
The event comprised of an interesting and interactive panel discussion. The theme of the panel discussion was ‘ICT in Education and its Benefits’. The session was extremely informative and highly appreciated by the audience. The panel discussion was moderated by Deepak Kumar Sahu, Publisher, VARINDIA. The take away point from the moderator of the session was that the uses of ICT is making major differences in the way students are learning and the approach of the teachers. Regardless of all the limitations discussed, ICT benefits the education systems to provide quality education in alignment with constructivism, which is a contemporary paradigm of learning. Sharad Agarwal of Fracton Technologies, said, “Technology is available and the consumer is interested, but the price factor becomes an issue.” C.S.Arora, Senior Consultant, Ministry of HRD, Department of Higher education, Govt. of India, opined, “Teachers should be more techno savvy than students. But the actual scenario is the opposite as of now. Thus, there is a gap in e-literacy.” Tarun Malik of Microsoft, pointed out, “It is important to understand what technology should is important to reach to the masses. Sujit Panigrahi of Fitness 365, said, “Changing the mindset is very important. It is important to make the educational institutions the importance of technology in education.” Vijay Shukla of Eduvisors, opined, “Radio is a very important means of communication, it has the ability to reach out at extremely low cost. It is extremely beneficial for adult education.”Harold D’Costa of Intelligent Quotient Security, said, “The beauty of technology is when making the right use at the right time and at the right place.