Developing Learning Professionals in Indian Education

“…the wave of automation is changing the way we work. New jobs are replacing the ones which have existed for over a decade now and the need for skills and expertise that will be required for success in the emerging environment is keeping everyone on their toes”.  India Skills Report (ISR), 2019.

 

Rapid technological advancement (machine learning) and dynamic knowledge economies have made it essential for students to acquire skills that will help them adapt to 21st Century work environments; not only to grow as technical professionals, but have the capability to ‘undertake the responsibility of (the country’s) future growth and development’ – Bunty Chand CEO, Asia Society, India Centre. Currently, only about 47.38% of professionals in India have been deemed employable as per the ISR 2019.

 

Teachers play a critical role in helping students acquire and maintain these skills. Hence, it is necessary that educators continue to learn and develop as professionals, in order to impart them. This requires a systematic approach across mainstream education that allows teachers the flexibility to explore adaptive learning methods, innovate within the classroom and provide better support for individual student learning requirements.

Such an approach will help students acquire today’s in-demand skills such as critical inquiry, collaboration, and creativity; and will simultaneously allow the Indian education system to acquire a place on the global map at par with leaders such as Singapore, Japan, and Finland who have set international benchmarks for mainstream education, within their respective nationalities.

Muktangan’s Founder Mrs. Elizabeth Mehta (MBE) joined Ms. Ramya Venkataraman, Founder, and CEO of CENTA – Centre for Teacher Accreditation and Mr. Aditya Natraj, Founder of Kaivalya Education Foundation on a panel titled

“India: Why Teachers Need to Learn”. 

Organized by the Asia Society, Indian Centre, the third in its Education series, and moderated by Fiona Reynolds, Director of Teaching and Learning at American School of Bombay. The panel, conducted at the Nehru Centre, Worli on January, 12th  discussed relevant, practical systematic amendments aimed to improve…

Opportunities for Teacher Learning and Development through Government and CSR initiatives
Teaching best practices and collaboration
Quality assessment of teaching pedagogy
Audit of teaching systems in India.

The discussion drew inspiration from today’s professional and academic ecosystems and a need to streamline a flow between the two i.e. education received by students within the country’s classrooms and the talent in demand from professionals in the workforce.

To view the entire panel, we welcome you to follow the link below:

Elizabeth Mehta, Aditya Natraj, Ramya Venkataraman and Fiona Reynolds on teacher education in India

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