C20 EDT Summit: Panel Discussion on SDG 4 (Quality Education) and Research in Education
A panel discussion on SDG 4 (Quality Education) and Research in Education was organized as part of the Civil 20 Summit on Education and Digital Transformation. Various challenges related to quality education, research relevance, and technology’s role in education were discussed. The distinguished panelists, leaders in their respective fields, shared their thoughts on creating multiple pathways leading to a transformative impact on communities while putting forward their policy recommendations.
The panel was moderated by Dr. Maneesha Ramesh, Provost, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The panelists included Padma Shri Dr. Chamu Krishna Shastry, Chairman of the Committee for Promotion of Indian Languages, Prof. Judith Hollenweger Haskell, Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland, Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, National Research Professor, AYUSH, Savitribai Phule University, and Shri. Ritesh Kumar Singh IAS, Principal Secretary, School Education, Karnataka.
Dr. Chamu Krishna Shastry emphasised that mother tongue-based education can create an inclusive environment for students to learn in their native language. However, challenges of colonial influences and multilingual societies require overcoming. Addressing the shortage of qualified teachers proficient in multiple languages is vital for successful implementation of NEP. He added that technology can bridge linguistic gaps by facilitating the production of materials in diverse languages.
A crucial point raised is that the education system should give more emphasis on ethical values. Bridging the research-education gap and adapting methodologies to local contexts is essential. Integrating traditional knowledge systems (IKS) enhances research quality. Moreover, Vasudeva Kutumbakam promotes unity and embraces diversity, stressing the importance of cultural exchanges, empathy, and global citizenship to foster responsible global citizens.
Prof. Judith Hollenweger Haskell commented that teacher education faces challenges in addressing youth and domestic violence. Research is needed to develop effective strategies and prevent violence. Inclusivity and empowering narratives are crucial, with teachers fostering growth mindsets, adapting materials, and fostering creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to shift from resource dependency to resourcefulness.
Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan said it is vital to address language diversity and recognize its significance as it is crucial for transforming knowledge systems. Teachers’ roles should evolve to more becoming mentors and guides. Education should encompass parents, society, and study-abroad programs. Addressing challenges like predatory publication and academic integrity promotes a collaborative environment, while study abroad programs promote global outlook. Teachers must adapt to the expanding information landscape, prioritizing critical thinking and analytical skills in students.
Shri. Ritesh Kumar Singh shared his views on introducing sustainable improvements in government schools and addressing constraints like resource scarcity, fragmentation, and small student populations. Some of the challenges outlined include a lack of strategic planning, effective governance, adequate funding, capacity building of teachers, and community engagement compounded by resistance from stakeholders that need to be prioritized.
Panelists concurred that teacher upskilling in education is critical to ensure they have the latest pedagogical techniques, subject knowledge, and technological skills. Continuous professional development programs can improve instructional practices, providing quality education and student success.
Moderator: Dr. Maneesha Ramesh, Provost, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Dr. Chamu Krishna Shastry, Chairman of the Committee for Promotion of Indian Languages
Prof. Judith Hollenweger Haskell, Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland
Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, National Research Professor, AYUSH, Savitribai Phule University
Shri. Ritesh Kumar Singh IAS, Principal Secretary, School Education, Karnataka.