ET Edge recently organized ‘The Economic Times Best School Brands’, a grand gathering of major schools from all over India at Shah Jahan Ball Room, The Taj Palace, New Delhi. The Conclave was attended by educational leaders from all over India and world.
The objective of the symposium was to provide a platform for discussion of trends and innovation, introducing practical strategies, better ways for students to learn, and to felicitate schools with excellence awards for their extraordinary contribution in the field of education. The Coffee Table Book by Economic Times for Best School Brands in the country was also unveiled at the event.
The program began with a mystical performance on drums by 13 year old Anurag Saha from Furtados. He did every possible stunt on the drums and left the audience in awe.
Mr Hrushikesh, Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training, began the formal event with his wonderful speech piercing the ears of every individual sitting in the ballroom with knowledge and a clear message of necessary and urgent change in education. He talked about the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in school education, the need to make children active contributors, and inculcation of creativity and innovation as necessary attributes in students in K-12 education. He said, “We need to change ‘Knowledge Construction’ as the thought process behind school education with ‘Knowledge Acquisition’.” He also mentioned the need for teachers to realize that students know more about technology and its use than they earlier thought they knew. Mr Hrushikesh also talked about the debatable topic of student assessment and said, “We need to integrate ICT with assessments, and introduce new schemes such as Self Assessment, Peer Assessment and more. We need to make sure no student ever suicides because of study pressure.”
After the articulate and declamatory speech of the chief guest, another guest of the evening, Mr. N K Sahu, Economic Adviser to Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, gave a brilliant Keynote Address about the policies and programs of the incumbent government to support schools throughout the country. He explained programs run by government such as epathshala.co.in, Shaala Darpan, Saransh, and GIS Mapping. He also shared a surprising fact with the attendees from the educated world, that only 26% schools in the country have computers, and only 60% schools have electricity. These facts left all educators flabbergasted and ensured a debate later on the same.
Later Ms. Divya Lal, COO, Educomp Solutions gave an enriching presentation on the use of animation in teaching important lessons in schools, and Ms. Chhaya Shastri, Director, MT Educare Ltd Robomate, talked about Robomate, a curriculum based interactive mobile application for students.
Soon after, the most awaited Coffee Table Book by The Economic Times was unveiled by the Chief Guest of the evening, Mr. Hrushikesh.
A Panel Discussion between 7 esteemed dignitaries from different sectors of society, but mostly reputed educators leading the best schools in India to heights, was scheduled right after. The matter of discussion was ‘Digitization of K-12 Education: Trends and Innovation.”
One after another, all leading Principals and Directors enthused the attendees with their logic and arguments on why digitization of K-12 education is either happening or will definitely happen in future. They all seemed to stand together in saying that digitization of education is the future and the early we accept it, the better it is for all of us. The integration of ICT in modern education was reiterated in the Panel Discussion.
The time had finally come to felicitate the Best School Brand Excellence Award to different schools of India by honorable guests of the evening. Proudly, Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad was one of the few schools recognized by The Economic Times for their excellent contribution to society and education. Ms. Geeta Varshneya, Education Director at Khaitan Public School and Ms. Preeti Gupta, Parent-Child Relations Head at Khaitan Public School, received the award on the behalf of the entire Khaitan community.
The grand evening receded with fine dinner for all invited educators and congratulatory words echoing in the ballroom.
We also congratulate the entire Khaitan community, students, teachers, and parents for contributing in the success of Khaitan Public School. We promise we will keep serving the society by producing the future leaders of the world as the tagline of our logo rightly says, “Leaders For Life.”