Estrade Media conducted ‘Estrade Education Conclave 2017’, on March 25 at Sofitel, Bandra Kurla Complex. Through this conclave, the individuals, organisations, institutes from various parts of the country, came together and shared their view points in this networking platform of Education. ‘Today’s students are tomorrow’s industry leaders,’ is in the mind behind creating such a platform. Education as a whole was conceptualised, studied, criticized and understood here along with recognising some of the best with awards.
Dr. Zuleika Homavazir
Head of Department of Management Studies, Wilson College, Mumbai
Talking to The Afternoon D&C, Homavazir shared about how the youths of today should focus on many areas instead of dwelling in just one field. "A person should not be stuck in the ideology of not exploring some field because he or she don't like it," she said, who is the head of the department of Management studies in Wilson College, Mumbai. She continued, "They should try out different field, projects to find out their likings and comforts." July 8, 2008 was her first day in Wilson college as a lecturer and since then there is no look back for Homavazir, who is also alumni of Wilson college. Talking about teaching, she said, politics is worst in the teaching fraternity. "Staying away from bureaucracy and politics is one of the best way any teacher can do to avoid troubles." She feels a teacher should focus on her/his students and not in any kind of politics. Homavazir got the award of Female Educationist of the Year.
Dr. Bhaskaran Muthusamy,
"Unlike in a conventional education system, the main focus of our Open University is to reaching the unreachable and providing education as a life long procedure," said Muthusamy, who is the Vice Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Open University. The main object of this university is to fulfill the socially oppressed, underprivileged and women rural folk's aspirations who want to achieve great things in life but cannot because of the circumstances. This university provides opportunity to young educated women to undertake higher education on a skillful level. In India, we have around 15 oepn universities. "Tamil Nadu Open University stands out of these 15 universities because we are fulfilling the dreams of the people who are concerned of academic evaluators like UGC," he said. Talking about the progress made by this university, he said, "We have around 150 programmes and around three lakh students. From a class eight drop out to a 70-year-old person who is interested in learning and exploring this field are joining the university without any problems and restrictions." Tamil Nadu Open University got the award for Innovative Use of ICT in Distance Education.
Dr Nripen Kumar Dutta,
Educational Entrepreneur of the Year, Guwahati
Dutta is a highly ambitious local eduprener from North eastern India. After completing his masters from Delhi University, he came back to his native place and started his career as an educator set-up the first full fledged exclusive boarding school named 'Miles Bronson Residential School'. 'I feel very humbled and encouraging getting this award as I feel through such awards your work is recognised," Dutta said. Guwahati in early 90s had no schools because of which they had to travel very far for education. Taking this in mind, Dutta, planned and struggled to bring such first school cum boarding school in Guwahati. "There was a serious need of bringing quality education and my school was established to meet that need of the public," he concluded. Dutta got the Educational Entrepreneur of the Year award.