Adani University, ahead of the 2022-23 academic year, is hosting the World Education Forum – a platform for sharing ideas and initiatives. Its theme was education transformation and global sustainability.
The forum brought together renowned national and international academics and industry experts from various fields to deliberate on education for transformation and transformation for sustainability.
The forum was opened by Dr. Priti G. Adani, President of Adani University, with Distinguished Speaker Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. Victoria Galan-Muros, Head of Research and Analytics, Institute International Fellowship for Higher Education in America and the Caribbean, Dr. Arun Sharma (Vice-Chancellor, Adani University) and Professor Dr. M. Muruganant (Provost, Adani University) in the presence of other speakers and panelists eminent people, academics, industry and students.
In his keynote address, Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Anil Kakodkar said, “The development of new technologies depends on the new knowledge created. So research & development is the main driver of the knowledge age. Knowledge in action, knowledge that delivers.
He said: “When we think of the sustainable goal, it is the university that must play an important role in strengthening human values to eliminate the exploitation that must go hand in hand with technological empowerment. We should try to provide quality higher education accessible to all and this is the key to eliminating disparities.
During her presidential address, Dr. Priti G. Adani (President of Adani University) said, “For India to become a manufacturing hub at the intersection of global supply chains, very much in the lineage of the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Make for the World’ – the most important requirement will be the ability to educate and extend its human capital to a new breed of professionals. Resilient, enterprising professionals ready to thrive in a volatile and uncertain world. We firmly believe that the most important task of nation-building is the development of human capital, and the establishment of Adani University provides us with a unique opportunity to do so.
As part of the forum, separate roundtables were held, Education for Transformation and Transformation for Sustainability, where prominent speakers from academia and industry shared their insights. These discussions highlighted the essential parameters that are needed for this transformation from industry-based education modules to sustainability-oriented education modules, transformation within the system through training, re-qualification of teachers and innovative education system.
Human values were also discussed as part of a journey of transformation on how we must first be sustainable from ourselves. He also highlighted why the seed of sustainability must be nurtured at the cognitive level from early childhood development. The forum’s deliberations concluded that creating a sustainable world hinges on the degree of synchronization between education, energy and the environment.
Dignitaries from government agencies, institutions and industry were present as panelists – Professor Bharat Dahiya, Director of the Research Center for Sustainable Development and Innovation, Global Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand, Dr. Shahshank Shah, Director of Higher Education, NITI Ayog, and Dr. Gopi Chandran, Professor, NTPC School of Business, Dr. Ruma Bhargava, Project Manager, India, Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health World Education Forum, Prof. Amit Garg, IIM-Ahmedabad, Dr. Pradyumna Vyas, Board Member, World Design Organization), Mahesh Ramanujam, Outgoing President and CEO, US Green Building Council Washington, Atul Bagai, Head of Country Office, UNEP) and the Dr. Victoria Galan-Muros, Head of Research and Analysis, UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in the Americas and the Caribbean presented their main message on environmental education and universities in as drivers of a more sustainable future.
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