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AICTE Chairman attends CEGR Third Summit on Vision 2047 in Education

I am very glad to be a part of this summit organized by CEGR to discuss the vision of 2047 in Education. By 2047, India envisions a holistic and agile Education system that produces globally competitive skilled professionals who contribute to innovation & research, and promote commitment to lifelong learning and ethical inclusive education to shape our nation as the top leader of global education.

The first step to achieving India’s HEI goals by 2047 is redesigning the higher education institution's (HEI) architecture for a resilient and student-centric ecosystem. The introduction of new policies that can bridge the gap between education and the average Indian, who no longer wants to be tied to traditional time-bound degrees.

By focusing on the strengths of its higher education system and acknowledging areas that need to be reformed, India can meet its own students’ needs and attract students from around the world. No doubt, India has the immense potential to become the most developed nation of the world by 2047.

The National Education Policy 2020 is the major contributor in the Amrit Kaal to take higher education to the next level. With the multidisciplinary approach towards the teaching-learning process and its steady implementation across Higher Education Institutions(HEIs), India is on its way to become the “knowledge capital” of the world.

To boost the growth of Indian higher education, it is necessary to deliver education in regional languages so as to enhance accessibility, citing initiatives such as publishing educational materials in local languages and reforming examination patterns. Apart from this, the integration of skill development into the educational framework is another important aspect that plays a key role. The practical skills have a pivotal role in fostering the nation's progress, advocating for a harmonious blend of theoretical knowledge and applied skills within the educational system.

How will India benefit from its higher education leadership role to the most developed nation?
  • Elevated Global Standing: India’s robust higher education system will enhance the quality of professionals and researchers produced in the country, contributing to a skilled workforce. This, in turn, will attract international collaborations, research partnerships, and global talent, boosting India's reputation as a hub for academic excellence.
  • Economic Growth and Innovation: By focusing on higher education, India can nurture a generation of skilled professionals equipped to address complex challenges and contribute to technological advancements. This, in turn, will foster a culture of innovation, boost productivity, and attract investments in research and development.
  • Global Competitiveness: By producing graduates with diverse skill sets and cutting-edge knowledge, India can compete effectively in the global job market. Additionally, a strong emphasis on research and development within higher education institutions enables India to stay at the forefront of emerging technologies and industries. This not only attracts multinational companies seeking a skilled workforce but also encourages the growth of indigenous industries, ultimately boosting the nation's global competitiveness.

Do you know?
  • India has one of the world's largest higher education systems, ranking second in terms of higher education networks. (Source: Study in India portal)
  • The Indian higher education system is the world's third largest, providing education and training in almost every discipline. (Source: IBEF)

Pillars of Higher Education by 2047:
The future of Indian higher education in 2047 will be equitable, inclusive and accessible with world-class standards. The ecosystem will be more of a student-centric approach that encourages lifelong learning and harnesses the vast human resource potential of India and the world. To achieve the goals of Vision 2047, the strategic reforms and infrastructural development are necessary across five key areas of the Indian higher education landscape, namely –
  • student centricity,
  • research and innovation,
  • faculty,
  • international mobility and digital learning.

There are several key initiatives that can be undertaken to implement the vision of 2047 in Education:
  • Enhancing the quality and accessibility of technical institutions.
  • Promoting industry-academia collaborations to provide practical training to students.
  • Developing a flexible and adaptive learning environment that leverages technology.
  • Developing the curriculum and course content in line with industry requirements by involving relevant domain industry experts by giving equal emphasis to theory and practice.
  • Creating a learning mode culture based on applied and practical based experiential learning.
  • Promoting research and development in emerging areas of technology.
  • Developing partnerships with international institutions to provide a diverse and inclusive education to students.
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion in technical education by formulating adaptive learning environments.
  • Encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem among students
  • Providing opportunities for continuous professional development and upskilling.
  • Fostering a culture of research and innovation.
  • Developing sustainable models for Technical Education in India.

India’s Demographic advantage is important to note:
India is said to be experiencing what is called a ‘Youth Bulge’, meaning 65 percent of our total population comprises children and people below the age of 35. This population, coupled with rising aspirations to study abroad, indicate a great potential in India to build a robust talent pipeline. With a large pool of young, ambitious individuals eager to pursue higher education globally, India can contribute not only to its own workforce but also supply skilled professionals to meet the needs of global economies. Moreover, with the advent of emerging-technologies such as GenAI, there is a vast global skills gap that needs to be bridged.

Overall, the future of education in 2047 will be shaped by technological advancements, globalization, and shifting societal priorities, with a focus on personalized, immersive, and lifelong learning experiences that prepare students for success in a rapidly evolving world.
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