“Digitalization is here to stay, but we are aiming for a hybrid model that combines online and offline teaching,” says Dr. L. Mahesh Kumar, Registrar of St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research in an interview with Pratik Ghosh, Content Writer, ArdorComm Media Group at the ‘New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023’ #ELSAChennai #ELSATamilNadu
How are you feeling about witnessing The New Normal Education Leadership Summit and Awards in Chennai?
I’ve been here since morning, and it’s been great. I’ve been experiencing both the panels here as well as the upstairs events, and they have all been very good. The event is well planned and neatly organized.
What does innovation in education stand for according to you?
In my opinion, innovation in education is a constant necessity. Throughout my 35 years of working in the field, I have witnessed continuous innovation, and especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, innovation has made a significant difference. Teaching itself has become completely innovative, and the way we think, conduct exams, and hold classes has changed. Innovation is here to stay and will continue to happen in the future.
How are you implementing technology in your institutions?
Thanks to COVID-19, Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become a vital function for all institutions, not just ours. Every student now understands the importance of LMS. However, there are some drawbacks. During online exams, we faced issues where some students were unable to upload their answer papers due to connectivity problems. These issues will gradually improve as we work on resolving them. Digitalization is here to stay, but we are aiming for a hybrid model that combines online and offline teaching. We use online classes for teaching, assignments, and tests, which has made certain aspects easier.
As we can see, in forums like this, education leaders, corporates, and government representatives come together. How does this kind of forum benefit the education sector at large?
Such forums are essential for anyone involved in the education sector. Interacting with industry professionals and government representatives allows us to understand their perspectives and the directions they are heading in. If we stay confined within our institutions, we may miss out on what is happening outside. These programs provide fruitful experiences where we can meet old friends and make new connections. Conferences like these are important for keeping up with the latest developments.
Lastly, do you have any message you would like to give to the ArdorComm Media Group?
I am very happy with the way you have conducted this event. Now, it is important to think about how you can utilize the network you have created for the benefit of the education community. Take note of the discussions, decisions, and ideas that have been shared here. Find ways for ArdorComm Media Group to address some of the issues and challenges discussed. This is the next level you should strive for.Top of Form