You have a vast span of experience in the field of education and academics. How do you see the changes which have taken place in the higher education sector?
The higher education sector has undergone significant changes in recent years, driven by various factors. One notable change is the increased emphasis on quality. Stakeholders in education, including students and parents, have become more discerning and focused on obtaining a high-quality education that prepares them for the demands of the modern world. Moreover, the scope of higher education has expanded, with a greater recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary studies and practical skills development. This shift has also resulted in a learner-centric approach to teaching, where educators utilize technology and innovative methodologies to engage and empower students. The integration of modern technologies into classrooms has been a game-changer, enabling interactive and immersive learning experiences. From online resources and virtual simulations to digital assessments and collaborative platforms, technology has revolutionized education and opened up new avenues for knowledge acquisition. This transformation has also prompted educators to adapt their teaching methods and stay updated with the latest advancements in educational technology.
What are the reasons for lack of quality in Indian education?
The pivotal reason for lack of quality that the Indian education system is facing is an outdated curriculum and redundant teaching methods that are not aligned with the needs of the modern world. The curriculum often lacks practical and industry-relevant components, hindering students’ ability to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for real-world applications. This mismatch between education and industry requirements creates a gap in employability and hampers the overall quality of education. Another contributing factor is the shortage of skilled educators. The education system faces challenges in recruiting and retaining competent teachers who possess both subject expertise and effective pedagogical skills. Additionally, inadequate infrastructure and resource allocation pose obstacles to quality education. Many educational institutions lack essential facilities, such as well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and technology infrastructure.
Please recommend steps to incorporate quality in higher education system
In order to incorporate quality in higher education, it is important to focus on various aspects such as curriculum enhancement, faculty development, technology integration, infrastructure and resources, quality assurance mechanisms, industry collaboration, and student support services. Updating the curriculum to align with industry standards and incorporating practical elements prepares students for real-world challenges. Providing faculty members with opportunities for professional development enhances their teaching skills and keeps them up-to-date with the latest educational practices. Ensuring the availability of modern infrastructure and resources creates a conducive learning environment. Implementing quality assurance mechanisms and fostering collaboration with industries ensure continuous improvement and relevance. By considering these factors, higher education institutions can strive for excellence and provide a high-quality education experience.
Tell us about KL Deemed to be University. How do you plan to build on the success of KL’s long presence?
Over the years, KL Deemed to be University has come a long way, evolving and adapting to meet the changing needs of the education landscape. The university embarks on a journey of innovation and knowledge at our state-of-the-art campuses in Vijayawada and Hyderabad. Since its establishment in 1980 as the KL College of Engineering in Vaddeswaram, the Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation (KLEF) has made significant progress. In 2017, we embarked on a new chapter as we expanded our presence to Hyderabad, a thriving hub for economics and business on a global scale. At our Aziz Nagar campus in Hyderabad, we are at the forefront of the technological revolution. We proudly offer new-generation courses such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), where students delve into the fascinating realm of intelligent systems and data analysis. At our KLH Global Business School campus in Kondapur, Hyderabad, we go beyond traditional business programs and offer revolutionary courses like MBA-Fintech, Global MBA where finance and technology converge and aid our students in discovering the transformative power of financial technology and teach them how to navigate through the dynamic landscape of the global financial industry. As we expand our educational offerings, we proudly present the upcoming Bowrampet campus in Hyderabad. This campus will offer an array of multi-disciplinary courses designed to prepare students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world
What are vital strengths of KL?
The University stands out with its vital strengths that make an impactful difference in education. Our unwavering commitment to excellence drives us to offer a diverse range of courses that shape the leaders and professionals of tomorrow. We go beyond traditional boundaries, empowering students to master cutting-edge technologies and explore the convergence of multiple fields. Through a spirit of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, we nurture their potential, preparing them to pioneer groundbreaking research and boldly shape the future with their ideas. At KL Deemed to be University, we believe in equipping students with the skills, global certifications and knowledge to make a lasting impact and emerge as catalysts of change in the world.
What are the opportunities for KL Deemed to be University on national and international level?
KL Deemed to be University possesses a range of opportunities on both national and international levels. Through twinning programs, semester abroad programs, international internship opportunities, international faculty visits, international placements, and student and faculty exchange programs, the university offers students the chance to gain a global perspective and experience world-class education. The University has established strategic partnerships with 80+ renowned foreign universities and industries, including Indiana State University, Devry University, University of Massachusetts, Latrobe University, Plymouth University, The Robert Gordon University, National College of Ireland, and University West and many more. These collaborations enable faculty and student exchanges, research projects, consultancy, and exploration of placement options abroad. Additionally, the university has formed alliances with industry giants like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and CISCO, providing students with access to the latest technologies and specialized training. With these opportunities, the University aims to equip students with a competitive edge and prepare them for success in a globalized world. Additionally, the university’s strong emphasis on innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship provides students with a platform to develop innovative solutions to national as well as global challenges.