This month, Dr Kavita Laghate, Director – Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, guides Knowledge according to her vision.
The world has evolved in many ways; the simplest meaning that can be taken would be Darwin’s theory of evolution. But in the 21st century when the world is advancing at jet speed, knowledge is the path that would take human beings forward. I believe that to move ahead, we need knowledge, but along with that knowledge we need our systems to evolve with the times. And for the systems to evolve, we need our minds to evolve too!
A computer may be the symbol of evolving technology, but would it be enough to merely have computers? No. We need to put them to good use. That’s where the role of technology shapes up. Whether we like it or not, technology has a great part to play in the way the world runs today, and yet, in our education system, it has not got its due. The role of technology cannot be emphasised enough, and we as a community need to take cognizance of that fact.
When speaking of technology, one cannot but think about computers and the internet, and the way it represents knowledge, which could not have ever been thought of earlier – say two decades ago. Today, knowledge is everywhere. In fact, the education circles in which where such knowledge is rampant, are faced with many challenges that need to be overcome. Challenges of assessment, when it becomes so easy for students to present others’ work as their own, and many others.
At such a time the role of the educator becomes much more important, from stepping down from the podium as the ‘traditional teacher’ and stepping up to become a facilitator and more importantly, a great motivator. A motivator who can help the motors of the mid to run smoothly and produce compelling ideas. Ideas that need to be paid attention to, and acted upon.
When such ideas will be crystallised, we shall have a whole generation of students who match the industry requirements and expectations, who will be able to deliver on the job from the time they are absorbed. That represents another aspect of evolving with the times. Increasingly, the demarcation of knowledge between education institutions and the industry is blurring. There is some interaction between the two facets, and there should be more. This interatction may bring about some positive changes in proactive institutions, but it is still not producing the desired results, when we look at the country as a whole. Interaction does not end at a talk or a seminar. It needs to be seamless. And that’s when the evolution will bring positive results.
Dr Kavita Laghate, Mumbai
Today, Knowledge looks at at every aspect that Dr Lagathe mentions, in detail, on this page and page 4. For more ideas, see page 4. Knowledge is extremely grateful to Dr Lagathe for guiding us for this issue and showing us some ways to move with the times. That is a personal victory for the paper, since it is what FPJ Knowledge is all about. Send your comments and views to firstname.lastname@example.org