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Dr. A. M. Surendra Kumar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Presidency University, Shares Insights on Skill Development

“We incorporate skill development courses into the curriculum, including life skills and soft skills,” says Dr. A. M. Surendra Kumar, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Presidency University, in an interview with Pratik Ghosh, Content Writer, ArdorComm Media at the ‘New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023’ #ELSABengaluru #ELSAKarnataka

How are you feeling to witness the New Normal Education Leadership Summit and Awards in Bengaluru?

I frequently attend this type of education summit, especially in Bangalore, which is an education hub. There are a lot of opportunities, and these events help in understanding the concept of education. They provide a platform to discuss how we can move forward and address concerns with other educators. I’m coming from an emerging University especially in Bangalore where we have more than 16,000 students are there are lot of opportunities which we can discuss with. So, you are making a platform to take care about all our concerns, to discuss with the other educators, so you are doing a wonderful job.

As you know, the theme of our event is “New Normal Karnataka.” What’s your take on this?

Since Karnataka is an education hub, especially in Bangalore, there are many opportunities. The government has recently allowed five private universities, which adds to the opportunities. This platform provides a great idea about the education landscape, especially in the Karnataka region.

How are you implementing new-age technologies in your university?

We have incorporated technology-enabled platforms, especially in engineering and computer science. Emerging technology programs like AI, machine learning, and others are already part of our curriculum. We are continuously updating the curriculum to stay current with new age technologies.

What’s your take on skill development, and how should students emphasize on skill development?

We emphasize skill development from the beginning of our programs. We incorporate skill development courses into the curriculum, including life skills and soft skills. In today’s competitive environment, industry looks beyond just CGPA and values other qualities. So, we mould our students from the beginning to be well-prepared for placements.

In forums like this, where we bring together education leaders, EdTech players, and government representatives, how do you think they benefit the education sector?

Such forums are beneficial as they incorporate industry and technology trends. I’ve seen discussions on ERP systems, which can introduce us to new features that can be incorporated into our education systems for the benefit of both students and the education community.

Any message for ArdorComm Media on its 2nd Anniversary?

You are providing a great platform for educators to come together and conduct such events. Your efforts, along with the presenters, are helpful in advancing the field of education, especially in higher education and to meet several good educators also.

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Dr. Surendra Kumar
Dr. Surendra Kumar
6 months ago

Good to thought