Workshop on MS Excel organized
PG Management Department of I.T.S Mohan Nagar Ghaziabad has organised a workshop on MS Excel on 29th may 2020.
Trainer for the session was Mr Avinash Jain, and renowned corporate trainer, he has taken training for WHO, RBI, Microsoft and many other companies. The session was organised with the motive of providing a basic and advanced platform to the students. The award show was organised for PGDM and MBA students of the institute. Mr Avinash make students aware about how to make formulas, dashboarding and other tools of MS Excel. Total 196 students in 5 faculty members have attended the workshop.
Mr Avinash also related the applications of MS Excel with all the disciplines of Management., , ,
Online Faculty Development Programme organized
The first ever Live Faculty Development Program at I.T.S Ghaziabad was held in the backdrop of the menacing pandemic on the 21st of May, 2020. The programme had received an overwhelming response from different parts of the country, and even beyond, with almost 200 outside participants were registered in addition to our regular in house faculty members.
The Session started in the evening of the 21st May,2020 at 6.30 PM and the Director (Management) Dr Vidya Sekhri welcomed all to the enlightening learning exercise. She referred to these difficult times as an opportunity not only for the education sector, but also for the other parts of the economy to rise to the occasion. She succinctly encapsulated the situation as the abnormal becoming the new normal. Lauding the government for its ground breaking revival package, she said that leaders from various sectors needed to deliberate threadbare on the issues involved. That was the avowed purpose of the online FDP programme.
Next the Honourable Vice Chairman- The I.T.S Group, Shri Arpit Chaddha Sir addressed the gathering. He described the faculty as the unsung warriors as they had to respond quickly to the unraveling situation arising from the unexpected lockdown at short notice. He pointed to the major life changing situations arising out of the Corona crisis and added that we need to be prepared for wholesale changes in the way we conduct our lives. He hoped that the FDP would provide a fertile ground for a fruitful exchange of ideas.
Our resource person of this FDP, Dr. Justin Paul, an internationally acclaimed management professor, University of Puerto Rico, Saun Juan, PR , USA, Editor in Chief International Journal of Consumer Studies and eminent author (International Marketing and Business Environment) started his deliberation on FDP theme with wide coverage of various dimensions in research paper writing for premier journals of different category and also discussed types, nature and characteristics of research papers (viz Emperical Paper, Behavioral Theory Paper, Conceptual Papers and Case Base Papers). He also shared generalized super findings that are particularly visualized by the experts while grading quality of research papers on the basis of Antecedents, Decision and Outcome (ADO).
Further session was continued with Bruce and Dartenco framework of Do’s and Don’ts and discussion revolved uninterruptedly around plagiarism, hypotheses, interview variety, research paper questions, robustness check, citations, writing conceptual papers based on prior studies, english proof reading and contrast of findings from other research papers etc and emphasized on highlighting Uniqueness, Novels and Abstracts out of research work to capture notice of reviewers.
He cautioned researchers not to avoid citations from local and regional journals, website materials and references and suggested for generalized title of research paper not limited to a particular area, state or country and advised for not spending much time on formatting of the text and not defending reviewers.
Dr. Justin Paul disclosed himself frequently asked questions (FAQ) and clarified doubts of researchers with respect to listing of journals, selection of journals, length of research papers, duration of publication, degree of plagiarism, features of abstracts (purpose, methodology, findings and originality), and avoidance of long sentences.
Ultimately this was a wonderful, mind blowing, interactive and enlightened session and participants were extremely delighted with the valued inputs that they gained during this FDP session. This is worth highlighting that the resource person answered all questions raised by the participants (more than 15 questions) judiciously.
More than 250 participants from different parts of the country were registered for this FDP. E- Certificate of participation was given to all participants, , ,
Webinar Session with Mr. Saurabh Jain, VP, Paytm
On the 21st of May, 2020, Mr. Saurabh Jain, VP, Paytm, spent some time in an hour long session with the students and faculty members of the ITS Group of institutions. The idea was to share his startup experiences as part of Paytm and also from his own entrepreneurial journey, as a means of guiding any budding entrepreneurs.
Mr. Jain started by mentioning that entrepreneurs mostly take the road less travelled, and as such, solve those problems which are not taken up by others. He gave the example of companies like Microsoft and Apple which were founded during the recessionary market in the US, and yet went on to become strong players which defined an industry. He cautioned that it was not easy to be an entrepreneur, yet anybody can take up this vocation.
Clarifying that the startup culture is all about following a passion, he frequently gave the example of Mr. Vijay Shankar Sharma, the founder of Paytm, and the things that he himself had learnt from this long term association. He referred to how the small town background of Mr. Sharma had helped him grasp the needs of the common man in India, which ultimately contributed to the success of Paytm as it went about setting up its digital payment interface.
Mr. Jain mentioned how anxiety filled the work of an entrepreneur which is filled with uncertainties and risks at every corner. He interestingly classified startups into three groups – winner takes all, lifestyle and social, providing examples of each type. He also enlightened the students about the eight types of intelligence, clarifying that three of these viz., - inter, intra and naturalistic – were crucial for entrepreneurial risk.
The main part of Mr. Jain’s lecture concentrated on what he described as the Startup Canvas – the nine step guide to success in the entrepreneurial universe. He delineated these on the basis of three focus areas, i.e., - product, people and purchasing power – compared against the three organizational growth stages – search, build and scale. Interspersed amidst all this were critical elements like the product-market fit; the organization – comprising of the founders, the core team and the major functional areas; and the enabling processes and people, like bootstrapping, angel investors and venture capitalists. While the actual process was easier said than done, Mr. Jain’s lucid examples from his own knowledge and experience made the issue most approachable for all concerned.
The myriad examples offered by Mr. Jain had the effect of greatly inspiring the students, many of whom appeared intent on exploring the world of startups. The constant stream of questions from the youngsters almost right from the beginning demonstrated not just their excitement about the theme, but were also a proof of Mr. Jain’s hold on the topic as well as his convincing arguments. All in all, it was a very fruitful session for one and all., , ,
Department of Management organized Webinar on “Learn Beyond the Books”
To supplement learning, I.T.S Ghaziabad organized a webinar on “Learn Beyond Books” by Mr. Deepak Choudhary, CEO- Audi Delhi West & Audi Noida, a Motivational speaker and Life Coach on 17th May, 2020.
The session started with welcome of the guest and opening remarks by Shri Arpit Chadha, Vice Chairman of I.T.S The Education Group. He shared, the purpose of any educational institution as to prepare students for life beyond books. One of the accepted ways to help inculcate required skills among students is to incorporate learning experience through platforms where one can have an opportunity to interact with the experts who not only practice many of these skills in managing the business issues on daily basis but also have been able to mark their presence among success stories. Dr Vidya Sekhri, Director (Management) shared her words of wisdom with the participants.
In a very interactive session Mr Deepak Choudhary, CEO- Audi Delhi West & Audi Noida shared that Learning outside the classroom activities and books are often authentic, hands-on, interactive and build on theoretical foundation. He discussed many of his life experiences to explain some of the very important management lessons including Goal setting, Time management, Persistent efforts etc. Students and faculty members participated in webinar with great enthusiasm and asked several questions. It was a great learning for all the participants., , ,
Two Days e-Faculty Development Programme organized
The first ever e-FDP programme at ITS Ghaziabad was held in the backdrop of the menacing pandemic on the 16th of May, 2020. The programme had received an overwhelming response from different parts of the country, and even beyond, with 300 participants registering for the two-day session. However, 200 registration admitted for the same.
The Inaugural Session started in the morning of the 16th as the Director (Management) Dr. Vidya Sekhri welcomed all to the enlightening learning exercise. She referred to these difficult times as an opportunity not only for the education sector, but also for the other parts of the economy to rise to the occasion. She succinctly encapsulated the situation as the abnormal becoming the new normal. Lauding the government for its ground breaking revival package, she said that leaders from various sectors needed to deliberate threadbare on the issues involved. That was the avowed purpose of the online FDP programme.
Next the Honourable Vice Chancellor Shri Arpit Chaddha ji addressed the gathering. He described the faculty as the unsung warriors as they had to respond quickly to the unraveling situation arising from the unexpected lockdown at short notice. He pointed to the major life changing situations arising out of the Corona crisis and added that we need to prepared for wholesale changes in the way we conduct our lives. He hoped that the FDP over two days would provide a fertile ground for a fruitful exchange of ideas.
In the session, there were two speakers. The session was coordinated by Prof Yacchnna Malhotra.
Speaker-1: Then it was the turn of the first resource person of the day Prof. Parimal H. Vyas, Vice Chancellor, The M S University of Baroda, Vadodara to start the FDP programme. Prof. Vyas quickly got down to the task of analysing the prevailing economic situation, both within the country and outside. He spoke about the decreasing growth rate of the real GDP and massive demand shock. However, he also insisted that we need to be pragmatic in that the pandemic could provide an opportunity for India to make its presence felt in the global economy. In this context he referred to the yeoman’s service rendered by Indian companies through the export of much needed medicines, PPEs and ventilators at this critical juncture to the countries that need them badly. He spoke of the need to bolster manufacturing, which would raise demend, in turn attracting FDI. Other solutions suggested included sector specific regulations, infrastructure development, restoration of supply chains, maintenance of liquidity and government support for vulnerable sectors. Finally he summed it all up by saying that we may be good at management, but not necessarily at solutions.
At the conclusion of the speech, the Director (Management) thanked Prof. Vyas on behalf of the participants for his comprehensive yet insightful discourse.
Speaker-2: The other speaker for the session-1 was Shri Gopal Krishna Agarwal, National Spokesperson for Economic Affairs, Bharatiya Janata Party. He started by saying that economy is in a challenging position right now. He referred to the lockdown in India as a strategy for creating an atmosphere where health infrastructure can be adequately multiplied for dealing with the crisis. He mentioned the increased production of medicines, PPEs and ventilators, which was so much greater than that at the outset that India is now in a position to export the same.
Describing the emergence of India gradually as a global economic power, Mr Agarwal referred to the five pillars of the Indian economy, as elucidated by the Prime Minister. Firstly we need to be strong in manufacturing. Certain sectors need to be a more specifically identified. Thirdly technology needs to be harnessed more effectively – something that has been brilliantly demonstrated during the present crisis. The fourth element is demography, another component that needs to be grasped fully in the Indian extent. The fifth pillar is demand; without effective demand creation, there can be no gainful investment. Then Mr Agarwal proceeded to the factors of production, again something that the PM threw light upon. These were law, labour, liquidity, and compliance.
The Director Management thanked Mr Agarwal for the informative session, saying that it was the responsibility of the faculty to select the young talent judiciously. Supply having been taken care of, it was the demand that was the issue. She thanked Mr Agarwal, inviting him to come to the institute. Dr Vinay K. Srivastava, Convener of the e-FDP, also thanked Mr Agarwal for making time despite his busy schedule.
Session 2, Day I
After a thought-provoking Inaugural Session, the e-FDP on the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis resumed with three interesting speakers lined up for the second session of the first day. The session was coordinated by Prof Shikha Arora
Speaker-3: The first speaker in this session was Prof. N. D. Mathur from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Manipal University, Jaipur. Prof. Mathur began by referring to the oft repeated conundrum about Economics – that it is not an ideal science, but more of a decision science. After going through the major proponents of Economics as a subject, he focused on the situation in India in the post-liberalisation era. Speaking of the prevailing conditions, he began with the migrant labour crisis. He opined that it was unlikely that the lakhs who had been forced to leave the cities would return even if the problem is resolved. The net result would be that rural income is likely to come down.
On a larger scale the unemployment situation could get exacerbated. Support needs to provided either through government schemes like NREGA or via interest free loans. The agriculture sector has always been a victim of neglect. While the service sector has contributed as much as 80% of the GDP, it does not provide employment support. This is where agriculture plays the role of savior. While agricultural prices have hardly gone up by 15 to 17%, salary has gone up more than 10 times. Raising of support prices and other associated measures are the need of the hour.
Prof. Mathur also suggested the need for growth in manufacturing, technological shift, changes in wages, structural changes in the economy, modifications in work culture, rise of the gig economy, changes in the realty sector, liquidity infusion, etc. Painting a brighter picture amidst the gloom, he referred to the opportunities arising out of all the problems, viz., the happiness of spending time with family members, reduction in pollution levels, increase in empathy, reduction in consumption of luxury items, changes in eating habits leading to better health, greater dignity for household work, decrease in crime, etc.
Speaker-4: The next session involved Prof. Seema Gupta, Associate Professor in Digital Marketing at IIM Bangalore. She started by quoting Charles Darwin, saying that who survive are not necessarily the strongest or most intelligent, but the most adaptable. Speaking of the economic impact of the crisis, she referred to how its effect could be likened to that of a wrecking ball. She applauded the government on visionary steps like the decision to stop FDI from the neighbouring countries. Even with a reduced GDP of 1.9% p.a., India could end up with the highest GDP among the G20 nations.
Creating a portrait of life after the crisis, Prof. Gupta said the widening demand supply gap could lead to the collapse of several companies. Further, considering the time taken to get a vaccine commercially available, and the state of the healthcare system in India, the problem itself may take a long time to be resolved. Coming to consumption patterns, there would be less tendency for consumers to have out-of-home experiences, which could result in the growth of e-commerce and home delivery segments. Work wise job content was likely to change, and job seekers would have to become more versatile and adaptive in terms of skills. A siginificant percentage of the workforce may have to work permanently from home. Students would have to actively create and nurture networks for job seeking purposes, while becoming specialised in a bouquet of job skills.
Speaker-5: The last speaker of the day was Mr Rahul Kumar, Managing Director, Lactalis India and ex-MD, Amul. Coming from the dairy sector, Mr Kumar preferred to confine his lecture to the food sector and agriculture at large. He started by saying that while the Corona crisis undoubtedly represented a major challenge, one of the bright spots was that food was abundantly available, thanks to a bumper harvest. However, while food was available, it needed to be managed and distributed properly.
Food was one of the rare sectors where losses had been minimum amidst all the economic gloom. Poultry, fish and meat were the only segments that recorded significant losses due to the changing food habits. Coming to milk and milk products, Mr Kumar provided a variety of statistics to demonstrate the burgeoning growth since the days of Operation Flood. In a largely vegetarian society, milk functions as a de facto source of protein. While dairy products were easily available, they are not affordable for all. Finally, Mr Kumar rounded off the interaction with a snapshot the activities of his current company Lactalis.
All three speakers received a vote of thanks from Director Management Dr Vidya Sekhri and Convener of the e-FDP Dr Vinay K. Srivastava. It marked out an intellectually profitable first day of the learning programme.
Session 3, Day II
The second and final day of the e-FDP on the fallout of the Covid-19 had only one session from the outset. Two speakers had been earmarked for this session. The session was coordinated by Prof Surendra Tiwari.
Speaker-6: The first speaker of the day was Mr Ashish Patel, Managing Direcctor, Morgan Franklin Consulting, Virginia-USA, linking up all the way from the USA. He chose to speak on the topic “Impact of the Pandemic on Education – Recalibrating for the New Normal”. Mr Patel started with a historical reference, going back to the Spanish Flu of 1920. Then there was the Swine Flu of more recent times. Due to globalisation and increased movement of people across the world pandemics have the potential of becoming a global phenomenon.
Mr Patel continued with the economic effects of the Pandemic, talking about job losses and/or reduction in income and the need for students to focus on areas other than the widely chosen marketing. Work from home and lifestyle changes are another part of this reality. The question is how many people have the skill sets to adapt to the changed circumstances.
From the digital perspective, Mr Patel spoke about escalation in the use of e-commerce, the rise of distance economy, the spread of the geographical supply chain, the increasing learning curve and legacy education. Cautioning that technology can only be an enabler, he said that businesses needed to restrategise. The same applies to the education sector. He gave the example of several schools and colleges in India which made the successful transition from traditional to online education in the matter of weeks.
Mr Patel went on to touch on topics like female participation bolstering the digital economy; initiatives of the Government of India like Digital India, Startup India and Skill India riding on digitilasiation; and value added systems based on attributes like innovation, lateral thinking, digital transformation, change management, cyber security and disruption. He concluded by saying that innovation would be the key for India, and that as a country the crisis could turn out to be a key opportunity. It was a highly informative session which was widely appreciated by all present.
Speaker-7: The next and final speaker was Prof. Arun Kumar from MONIRBA University, Allahabad. His topic was “Post Covid-19: Governance for Independence”. He initiated the session by saying that lockdown translated for the general population in terms of aspects like shutdown of activity, cash flow shortage, paycuts, retrenchment, loss of demand and economic standstill. He demonstrated how the different sectors of the economy had been severely affected as a result of the crisis.
Coming to the question of independence, Prof. Kumar interpreted it in terms of political, economic, social and cultural independence. He stressed on the fact that he was focusing more on economic independence, rather than the political one, though both were interdependent, as the former had become very relevant after the Prime Minister emphasising on Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Prof. Kumar broke down the current issues into pressing problems; crises; planning and prevention; production capability; recognising new opportunities; relationship building; renewal and recreation. He took time to explain each element. Lastly he discussed areas like the organic components of business; various stages of business (survival, maturity and sustainability); and the five variables of business (entrepreneur, finance community, educational institutes, research and development institutes and government).
Once again it was a very comprehensive discussion of the topic at hand which was enlightening for one and all.
Both speakers were thanked by Director Management Dr Vidya Sekhri. Finally, Dr Vinay K. Srivastava delivered the Vote of Thanks before the Director Madam brought the programme to a close with her parting remarks and observations.
The two-day e-FDP turned out to be very successful as all participants and faculty members marveled at the variety of learnings obtained across three sessions with highly knowledgeable resource persons. It was hoped there would be more such sessions in future enabling all to build on the knowledge gained., , ,
Faculty Attended Webinar
Prof. Shikha Aggarwal, faculty of Department of Management, attended webinar on “Joint display analysis using mixed methods research” on May 14, 2020
organized by Sage Publishing. The panelists for the webinar are Michael Fetters, MethodSpace's May Mentor in Residence, author of The Mixed Methods Research Workbook, and editor of SAGE's Journal of Mixed Methods Research; and Tashane Haynes- Brown, president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association-Caribbean Chapter (MMIRA-CC).
The session was based on mixed method research and how it is displayed using advanced tools. Mixed methods refers to research that uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to collect and analyze data. But how do you handle all the great -- but very different -- data that both these traditions provide? The two experts in multi- modal methodology explained how to present the resulting data in ways that help create inferences, interpret data and analyze findings. They shared some great insights and beautiful pictures and models from their own research. Seven step model or framework of mixed method data analysis was also elaborated by the experts.
The panelists also included in their discussion the impacts of COVID-19 on research and how mixed methods approaches are showing extra value in this moment. The session was full of much learning, experiences and inspiring insights., , ,
Faculty and PGDM students attended MHRD Leadership Talk
Students and faculty of ITS College, Ghaziabad participated in the MHRD leadership talk on 16th of May.
Dr. Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer of MHRD Innovation Cell introduced the guest Dr. Pramod Chaudhuri, Chairman Praj Industries Limited as the India’s leader in biofuel industry who has been listed in the top 100 global leaders. He coined the term biomobility. Dr. Chaudhuri stated that the concept of bioenergy is often ignored. The thrust through biomobility is to bring it to the forefront. It can serve as an important carbon neutral energy source for transport ranging from two wheelers to aircrafts. To the issue of being financial viable, he responded that the viability of biogas as second generation biofuel and aviation biofuel is improving day by day. India has huge potential for its application with inputs from farming community. When seen holistically it addresses the issue of climate change damages of untimely floods, droughts, seasonal fluctuations all of which cause burden on government coffers. Biofuel will become more competitive in times to come and the current zero dollar oil barrel prices are not of long term nature. Import of oil involves foreign exchanges. When oil is cheap you will drive more and generate more carbon dioxide. He reiterated that the government’s approach for biofuel is fairly pragmatic. A sustainable policy in terms of pricing, demand etc. will further boost the biofuel economy. The government’s initiative of declaring a biofuel policy in 2018 has increased the confidence of producers.
Dr. Jere asked Dr. Chaudhuri to throw light on his journey with biofuel when he begin in 1983 when the idea had not caught the governments attention, when there were no talks on climate change. Dr. Chaudhuri shared information about his beginning when agriwaste molasses was converted into ethanol through continuous fermentation and it was only then he had realized that biofuel was the only solution to address fuel needs of future. His was the first engineering company that began blending additional fuels with fossil fuel following global success stories with counties like Brazil. A five percent blending with petrol on a pilot basis gradually received the attention of government and bureaucracy. It was as early as 1983, he could acknowledge that biofuel was the long term permanent solution for self sufficiency with home grown material, biomass waste and home grown technology. There would be no need of foreign batteries or burning coal. Biowaste conversion to ethanol by farming communities can be blended with oil companies. It can also be answer to the stalk burning behavior of farmers in winters especially in North India. Second generation technology is now available to convert stubble into value added biofuel.
Dr. Pramod Chaudhuri also shared his inspirational path of ups and downs. Dr. Chaudhuri emphasized that vehicles in agromachinery, mining machinery benefit in terms of carbon footprint with bio fuel. To the issue of benefit to farmers he informed that farmers were gaining a calculated extra earning of Rs.2000/- per acre every year. Further it was facilitating rural employment and small entrepreneurship. On the question of types of work that could be undertaken by startups in the area, he suggested that startups could contribute in the process of developing biomass or generation of biocrude right at the field level. He ended the illuminating talk with his company’s achievements in terms of global footprint of reaching 75 countries world over. 8 percent production of world’s energy is contributed by our biofuel technology. Renewable chemicals and metals, bioplastics are the new ventures holding potential. As per prediction of 100 dollar global economy by 2024, 25 to 30% is to come from bioeconomy.
Apart from the joy of learning this enlightening knowledge, our students gained additional joy in the form of participation certificates issued immediately after the talk.,
MARKETING CLUB- MARRECUS organized “Sabse Badi Yodha- Maa” an online activity on 15 May, 2020 for PGDM students.
The event was based on Mother’s Day. The aim was to invoke the emotion of students who in midst of their busy schedule forget to value the hardships and unconditional love of their mothers. Marrecus wanted to provide a chance to the students to be grateful & thanksgiving to their mothers.
The activity was to post a brief story, an unforgettable moment or a write up through a picture collage or video. The students were asked to showcase their love in this form to their mothers who despite all odds never ceases to love her children.
The activity was open for 24 hours i.e. from 15 May 2020 to 16 May 2020.The students were supposed to share their write up on Marrecus’ FaceBook page, and the winners were decided on the basis of likes and comments which they would receive on their post.
For every 1 like = 1 point
For every 1 comment = 2points
The count for likes and comments ended by 9pm on 16 May 2020.
The top three winners were as follows:-
1st- Shivagi Mishra, Sec-C
2nd – Deepankar Dixit, Sec-A
3rd- Ayushri Gupta, Sec-C
This activity was taken very enthusiastically by the students and attracted participation by most of the students. The winners were awarded e-certificates.
Webinar Attended by Faculty
Prof. Shikha Aggarwal, faculty of Department of Management, attended webinar on “Meet the Editor –Art of Writing Literature Review Articles” on May 14, 2020
organized by Ganpat University, Gujarat. The resource person for the session was Prof. Justin Paul, currently serves as Editor-in-chief of International Journal of Consumer studies (IJCS), a 45 year old, global academic journal ranked as “A” grade by Australian Business Deans Council. .A former faculty member with the University of Washington, he is a full professor of PhD & MBA programs, University of Puerto Rico, USA and a 'Distinguished Scholar' with IIM- K, India's premier business school. He is known as an author/co-author of books such as Business Environment (4th ed), International Marketing, Services Marketing, Export-Import Management (2nd edition) by McGraw-Hill & Oxford University Press respectively. Dr. Paul serves as Managing Guest Editor with the International Business Review, Journal of Business research & European Business Review. He serves as Associate Editor with European Management Journal, Services Industries Journal & Journal of Strategic Marketing. He has edited special issues for Journal of Retailing & Consumer Services, Small Bus Economics and Journal of Promotion Management. He was senior editor for International Journal of Emerging Markets and European Journal of International Management for 3 years.
Prof. Justin began the session by sharing his journey and life experiences and the learning he had derived over his career span. It was really invigorating and inspiring. Further into the session, he shared a ton of information upon choosing the right journal or database for collecting sample, the scope of choosing ABDC, Scopus and Web of Science/ SSCI databases, how to find topics for the articles and many more aspects of writing a worthy literature review based article. He indeed provided some great insights and the session as really fruitful., , ,
Management Faculty attended Leadership Talk
Faculty members and students of I.T.S College participated in the MHRD series leadership talk on the 9th of May’2020 at 11:00 a.m on the issue of examination and academics in current covid-19 crisis. The guest for the session was Prof. D.P Singh, Chairman UGC and the moderator being Dr. Abhay Jere, the Chief Innovation Officer at MHRD IIC.
The discussion focused on UGC plans for conducting exams, guidelines for admission, academic calendar, functioning of laboratories among other things for the covid period. Dr. Singh stated that the UGC had constituted a committee on these issues that had come up with its recommendations to be shared with institutions and universities. The examination part concerned with open book questions, open book choice etc. Dr. Jere enquired about the preparedness of professors for setting such question papers and the challenge posed by the online examination system. Dr. Singh throwing light on the issue emphasized that the prime force behind adoption of the pattern for the time being was health and safety of students in view of the required curb on mobility. He stressed that the guidelines were flexible. He also talked about other available alternate initiatives to contact mode of education like 32 DTH channels, Swayam Prabha, Akashvani etc. He informed that teachers had been asked to help students through all possible modes. With the alternate model UGC should prove to be more successful in granting credit to Swayam education. The proposed online examination system according to Dr. Singh was more student friendly allowing students the facility of improvement exams, provide for reappear exams etc. He outlined the UGC’s timeline plans of all educational activity and assessment including next academic session, results and summer vacations that will closely follow the developments in the covid scene. Dr. Jere questioned if the guidelines were time bound and confined to covid period. The listeners were informed that a UGC Task Force of senior officers had been formed to handle grievances of students and a helpline too was in force. Dr. Singh summed up the discussion with the assertion that the new system was stakeholder friendly, institution friendly and easy to implement.
The talk was informative for both students and teachers. The best part of the talk for students of course was the e certificates generated on filling the feedback form soon after the broadcast.