Sanjay Oak

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Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (1)

We in the next 5 years need to move fast. Regulatory authorities need to change the age old requirements rules of ….. sq ft and Library with ……cupboards. A center for excellence of higher education is VITAL…VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION TO ACCENTUATE LEARNING AND in my mind it will use technology right prior to its entrance till the exit of its finished product in outside market , virtual reality, cyber route for books, journals and periodicals, will evolve question banks online, and will aim at Objective Structured Assessments in a periodic manner rather than end of year examination. Technology institutions and courses will aim at skills development and the laboratories will be upgraded every second year. Industry will be welcome with open arms and will have a lot of say in curricular designing. Every institute for higher learning should be in a constant mould of inspection, introspection, innovation and implementation. Courses on mobile apps, SMAC technologies , Business Analytics, Cloud technologies, cyber security, patency laws and intellectual property protection are a need of the hour and technology can truly help us in globalization of higher education that we have been dreaming about.Mechanized Campus cleanliness, solar energy use, recycling of waste and construction of green zones must be mandatory in each institute. Information desks to be replaced by kiosks , manned by students for help and visual display panels should replace the conventional notice boards.Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel happy and privileged to inform you that DY patil Univerisity at Navi Mumbai has adopted I pad based E leaning in medical school , has built a State of Art Medical Simulation Laboratory and has a virtual classroom with a sateelite link. Friends, Technology in my mind is a torch and Guru Shishya tradition is our auspicious lamp ..Samai… in front of GOD. Let us all pledge today that , while we hold the torch , we will be vigilant enough not to extinguish Samai.


Posted by on April 4, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ladies & Gentlemen,


It gives me immense pleasure to be amongst you today and address a forum which has policy makers, planners , educationists and media. We all are the torch bearers or may I say stakeholders of higher education. The most important focus has to be the student. I have been a teacher of Surgery for 26 years and played second innings of my career as health education planner for eight years and now as a Vice Chancellor of a busy , buzzling General Deemed University for the last three years. I have seen the transition in the mindset, the evolution of rather rebellious culture and the decline of Guru Shishya tradition in the last decade. It is therefore my obsession to combine tradition with technology.

We live in a Digital world, then we can’t and should not get stuck to chalk and talk teaching -learning era. Teaching Learning processes need to evolve. Every class room by 2020 should be converted in a virtual class room . Notebooks and notepads be replaced by I pads and notes be scribbled digitally. Demonstrations and dissections be virtual and soft skills of communication be second to none. It is a fact that more than 60% of university students have more than one device with them either in the form of I pad or a laptop which is their main source of gathering information and collecting data. More than 95% of university students use high quality android based mobile phones. Mobile telephony has become a symbol of Youth, they have their own language and facebook , whats up and twitter are not addictions but additions to their social existence.

Teaching faculty is slow to learn and slower to adapt to these changes. They resist and they fear that the will loose authority and control as teachers. Whenever and wherever administration tries to implement changes towards e media, teachers revolt . This revolt is more out of fear that they will get outdated and ousted in the times to come. Technology as a trailblazer needs to give assurance and confidence to teachers that it is there to assist them and not replace them.

Campus communication can be entirely digital and paperless , fiscal transactions of fees and other remittances can be online, application, forms and transcripts must be online . Students would be linked up to a Radio frequency enabled I D Card which will enable them to fulfill for every need of student life. E communication is faster, and ensures wider outreach. It does not deprive anyone and never becomes a repository of a select few. Costs involved are eventually less and the effectivity is visible. In my opinion, technology is making education cheaper, more convenient and more effective.

WHEN MASSIVE OPEN online courses (MOOCs) took off few years ago, there was much concern that they would destroy traditional universities. That isn’t happening. “We’re doing a better job of improving job skills than of transforming the university sector,” says Rick Levin, a former president of Yale, who runs Coursera, the biggest of the MOOCs.

In my opinion, technology is making education cheaper, more convenient and more effective. Derek Bok, the former Harvard president, has been optimistic that computers can make teaching more effective: “Technology is gradually causing a number of professors to re-examine the way they teach, away from a passive form of learning to a more interesting and active form.” Carnegie Mellon University developed an introductory statistics course in which professors teach for less than half the time they do in the traditional model, and students spend more than half their time on a computer programmed to help them when they get stuck. Only when a student has got the hang of that part of the course will he move on to the next. And studying their experiences I propose:-

1.use of social media like facebook to further contents of class room teaching. engagement of students by promoting questions and quizzes while the class is on.

3.Online feedback mechanisms established.

4. Move students presentations online in the class.

5. put the students in drivers seat and thereby reduce their passivity.

6. Use remind apps in online classroom.

7. show the learners visible signs that they are learning

8. use online motivational tools.


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