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Col. (Prof) Y. S. Siddegowda, Vice Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Govt. of Karnataka, Discusses Reforms and the New Normal in Higher Education

“We have incorporated all the necessary domains to prepare students for modern jobs,” says Col. (Prof) Y. S. Siddegowda, Vice Chairman, Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Govt. of Karnataka in an interview with Chandan Anand, CEO & Group Editor, ArdorComm Media Group at the ‘New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023’ #ELSABengaluru #ELSAKarnataka

What are the takeaways from today’s event?

Today’s event has been highly educative, both inside the hall and outside, the posters and other materials disseminate a wide variety of information. Participants and speakers are in a positive mood, eager to contribute their best, which is crucial for improving both primary and higher education. This will better prepare our students to face the challenges of our era.

You hold a senior position in the Higher Education Council. Any special reforms you’d like to highlight under your leadership?

Every day, we strive to remain relevant to the current context. We are planning and implementing reforms to prepare our students comprehensively. This includes knowledge domain, ability enhancement, skill development, value practice, and a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing STEM and liberal arts. Our focus is on making our students more contextually relevant.

What initiatives has the council taken to enhance entrepreneurship among students?

We believe in nurturing entrepreneurs rather than just creating executives. Our efforts aim to empower students to create employment opportunities. Recent startup developments in Bangalore and Karnataka are testament to our efforts.

Can you share some key highlights or reforms expected with the implementation of the State education policy?

We have incorporated all the necessary domains to prepare students for modern jobs. The education policy reforms are designed to ensure our students are well-equipped for the evolving job market.

How does skill development remain relevant in today’s era?

Skills, along with knowledge and values, are crucial. We are working towards shaping students’ overall personalities.

The theme of our event is “New Normal Karnataka”. What does the term “New Normal” signify to you?

The “New Normal” represents the stage where we redefine what is considered normal, abnormal, or subnormal based on contemporary society’s standards. It’s about adapting to change, understanding shifts, and aligning with the current context.

There’s a diverse audience here today, including education leaders, policy makers, and corporate representatives. Do you have a message for them?

My message is that it is the VUCA world, so in a constantly changing world, the ability to create certainty in uncertainty matters the most. Age is not a barrier. As John Milton once said, “The mind is its own place and, in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell or a Hell of Heaven.” We must empower our youth with the knowledge and skills to bring normalcy to society, addressing its challenges and taking our youth to the forefront of development.

Any message for ArdorComm Media Group on its 2nd anniversary?

Within just two years, you’ve achieved a lot. I’d like to express my gratitude to ArdorComm Media Group. Education, knowledge accumulation, creation, and dissemination are not easy tasks, especially in a country as vast and diverse as India. Your commitment, zeal, and interest in contributing to society are commendable. You are not alone in this endeavour, and your efforts go a long way in imparting the right knowledge to our youth. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to this noble cause.

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