The Economic Growth of a country majorly depends on its education system. The rise of a generation can be predicted easily with the quality of education and how it prepares its young minds for the future. While India’s higher education system is known to be the third-largest in the world, just next to the US and China, it can be said that there is a lot that the country can lend from its frontrunners in terms of growing up to be a Knowledge Economy.
With an abundance of resources and being the largest pool of scientific and knowledge workers, India is emerging to be a hub of Higher and Technical Education. As per The National Education Policy, 2020, every education institution must encourage its students to foster creativity and critical thinking to develop logical decision-making and innovation.
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Let’s take a look at How Innovation is helping the Higher Education Sector:
Reforms in Course and Curriculum in Higher Education
There was an absolute need for the reformation of course and curriculums of the Higher Education Institutions. The changing times have ruled off the theories of the past and thus The National Education Policy 2020 focuses on more modern learning that is Student-centric. Student Centric Learning is well defined as educational programs, instructional approaches, learning experiences, and academic strategies that address the distinct learning needs, aspirations, interests and values cultural backgrounds of each student or a group of students. This creates a space for the students to be matured learners. The higher education system must include the availability of flexible curricula models and educational policies that emphasizes open-ended systems, inter-generational, open-ended systems and inter-professional relationships and sustainability.
Creating Digital Knowledge Transfusion Infrastructure
The Pandemic has cleared every cloud that we had on investing in Digital Infrastructure for Higher and Technical Education Institutions. The corridor for development in making the Digital Learning Space safe and secure for its students still exists and the government has emphasized on the vertical by creating a National Repository Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA). This is a great initiative that would be beneficial for both teachers and students. We need to boost our e-governance infrastructures so it incorporates Management Information Systems within our inclusive teaching-learning process as well as provide a direction in the governance of higher education institutions.
Request to add Emerging Technology in the existing curriculum
Adding Emerging Technology to the syllabus can be proved as a great addition to make the students future-ready. These once futuristic concepts that students used to learn post their education, should be introduced to have a better grasp of these advanced innovations and technologies. The Government of India has previously expressed the need to implement skill-based education for all, and even then, only a few universities had included Emerging Technologies as a subject. However, 2020’s digital revolution is one that is making the academia adopt subjects like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics and Blockchain.
Setting up of Innovation and Incubation Centres
There is a staggering need to advance science and technology innovation and its application in our universities and thus create favourable conditions for growth and forming of an environment for innovations to occur. Higher Education Institutions and Universities must build Innovation as well as Incubation centres that aim at promoting the economic development of various regions. These incubation centres are great for students as well as research professionals to utilize their creativity and help solve the complex societal problems. These Innovation Platforms should be encouraged to facilitate multi-disciplinary research projects in dynamic areas of science and technology such as IoT, robotics, big data analysis, cybersecurity, ethical hacking, forensic etc.
So, the Indian Higher Education System is trying to transform its framework right from the foundation and adapt to changes needed to impart high-quality education. The level of excellence in higher education will be a key factor in determining the role that India will play globally. Thus, Innovation in Higher Education is the absolute pathway that will lead India to become a knowledge hub among other countries and these factors like skills to create, innovate, crisis management, problem-solve, design thinking, critically think, cognitive recognition and teamwork are taken into account to leverage the growth of economy and society as a whole.