Dharmendra Pradhan launches 'Future Of Learning Collaborative' at Anant National University

The university through this collaboration aims to create networks of motivated professionals to look for, develop, evaluate and promote better education.

Dharmendra Pradhan at Anant National University (Image: Official Release)Dharmendra Pradhan at Anant National University (Image: Official Release)

Arpita Das | March 28, 2023 | 09:16 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the 'Future Of Learning Collaborative' at Anant National University today, March 28, 2023. Anant National University along with the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, USA, launched the 'Future Of Learning Collaborative' to address critical challenges and devise plausible solutions for high-quality education. The event will be held for a duration of three days, till March 30, 2023.

Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, UGC chairman and 28 delegates from five continents including Europe, South America, North America, the Middle East, and Asia were also present at the inaugural event.

Speaking on the occasion Dharmendra Pradhan said that the 21st century is the century of empowerment through knowledge. He said that people-centric solutions are the core of education for a sustainable future and holistic thinking is the pathway. The minister highlighted that the Indic way of living and knowledge traditions are based on the concept of ‘Samagra’.

"Modern-day holistic thinking is nothing but an expression of Indic traditions. Design thinking today gives us an opportunity to reinvent the Indic process for human welfare. With the implementation of NEP 2020, we are intertwining our centuries-old tradition of ‘Ideate, Create & Test’ to reform and reimagine our education and make it more practice-based and human-centric. We need to create a holistic, ‘Samagra’ darshan," he added.

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At the event, Dr Anunaya Chaubey, Provost, Anant National University said, “The purpose of the collaborative is to explore the role, purpose, reach and dissemination of education and learning in the context of a world that is changing fast for reasons such as climate change, geo-political conflicts and technical disparities and to recommend steps and ensure that the future of learning is relevant, equitable and inclusive, solution-oriented and impactful across contexts”, said

As per the official release, the Future of Learning Collaborative aims to create a foundation for reinforcing transnational collaborations that redefine learning and chart an innovative future. The central tenet of the collaborative is that the participants will challenge the outdated models and paradigms and develop scalable efforts that are transformative across the lifespan of education, from childhood to adulthood. Learning that not only realises the importance of local context but leverages it as foundational to the student experience.

"Today's youth are aspirational. They are lifelong learners, creative, innovative, problem solvers and leaders. They are risk-takers who learn from their failures and essentially want to become a good human being. The National Education Policy is designed to fulfil these aspirations. I am positive that the deliberations from the Future of Learning conference will touch upon these points for holistic development", said Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.

Anant University through this collaboration aims to create networks of motivated professionals to look for, develop, evaluate, and promote pathways to better education. The members attending the collaborative will form the ‘Ignite Group’ that will frame and structure meaningful conversations on the future of learning.

"The ‘Ignite Group’ will consist of diverse individuals working to advance educational-related innovations in their contexts across the globe. This design collaborative will issue a white paper with a set of plausible solutions for the challenges discussed. These solutions will be tried across the world, and their outcomes will be evaluated in the next collaborative in 2024. The overarching premise of the forum is to design better learning environments for future generations of learners", the official release further added.

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