Imphal: Manipur education minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam has suggested that the focus for subjects offered in the Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) of the state should have relevance in the modern times and should be productive in the future.
The minister attended the inauguration session of a two-day panel discussion on “Emerging Disciplines and Their Prospects and Challenges in Manipur” held at Ghanapriya Women’s College, Imphal, sponsored by the State Project Directorate of Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan, Manipur.
“We must ensure that the subjects and disciplines provided in the colleges and HEIs syllabus are upgraded with the changing times,” Radheshyam said.
The effectiveness of the subjects or courses offered, need to be analysed in the context of the market demand and their purpose in the development of the society, the minister added.
Before introducing a new discipline or subject, one must keep in mind the interest of the students and future of the society. Employability is only one of the aspects of education, he said.
He expressed his hope that the aim of the panel discussion will help in addressing the key issues to improve the quality of higher education.
Radheshyam acknowledging the shortage of teachers in the state stated that unlike other departments, appointing a teacher is not a casual task. After a series of meetings with the officials concerned of the department of higher and technical education, a plan to conduct a survey and audit for the various subjects and disciplines, students – teachers’ ratio and other related infrastructural features of the HEIs was suggested, he added.
He opined that depending on the feasibility, a centrally located institution may be allocated to provide classes on subjects where there is a lesser number of students to address the issue of teacher shortage for some extent. He urged the teachers to collaborate and communicate to work as a team to improve and bring advancement in the education sector of the state.
Commissioner, higher and technical education, M. Harekrishna said there is a need to discuss the necessary steps being taken up in the higher education sector of the state. The global scientific and technological advancement have questioned and challenged every existing facet related to education. Emerging necessities and demands accelerated evolution of new subjects. There has been a paradigm shift in the higher education sector creating a gap. He added that it is therefore important that the younger generations are directed to a knowledge-based society where knowledge attained is used to bring development and advancement in the society, he added.
The two day panel discussion will have four technical sessions on the themes – The Gap between Present Curriculum and Present Employability Crisis to be chaired by Prof. W. Nabakumar Singh and Necessity of Pedagogical Approach in Academic Institutions for Developing Originality of Learners – Innovations, Creativity, Problems Solving, etc to be chaired by Prof. Joykumar Meitei Laishram on the first day.
On the second day of the session the discussions will be held on the theme – Need of Overhauling Curriculum Challenges to be chaired by Dr R. K. Nimai Singh and Examination Reforms for Quality and Learner Friendly to be chaired by Prof. W. Nabakumar Singh.
The main aim of this panel discussion is to address the selected themes and invite the experts from industries, academic and societal bases to discuss the key issues to improve the quality of higher education. This discussion will provide a chance of sharing experience and expertise between different stakeholders for mutual benefits, integrating inputs on teaching learning processes for developing the state and nation as a whole, a DIPR press release said.
The progamme was attended by director, university and higher education department, Khumanthem Diana Devi, subject experts, teachers, officials concerned and students.