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Dr. Prakash S, Sr. Vice President, East Point Group of Institutions, Emphasizes on Importance of Skill Development

“What we should be able to do is identify the talent DNA of a particular child at an early stage and embed the right skills for that talent,” says Dr. Prakash S, Sr. Vice President, East Point Group of Institutions, 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?

It’s a great experience here, completely packed sessions, nice to listen from Col. (Prof) Y. S. Siddegowda, Higher Education Council’s Vice Chairman, had a lot of insights, and there are many good speakers you have picked for the sessions. The themes are very good, and there’s good networking quite naturally. It’s always getting people moving to get connected. What I feel is that now the technology is going to take the education sector, and a lot of transformation is happening in the education sector post-COVID. This is where all educators, industry, and academic people come to converge at one point. I feel happy that you people have created a great platform for this convergence and where interaction will happen, so it adds a lot of value to all the stakeholders here.

The theme of our event is New Normal Karnataka, and Karnataka is an education hub. What’s your take on this?

Karnataka, more specifically Bangalore, is a Silicon City where a lot of IT happens. Since the education sector is at the verge of transformation and the National Education Policy (NEP) is in place now, what I see is that the way we deliver education services is going to take a paradigm shift. This is one platform where we have LinkedIn, and people from LinkedIn have participated. LinkedIn is a great platform for learning today, a lot of people know about Anthology, Blackboard, and other companies. So, understanding the technology and how we can integrate it into our teaching and learning process, building it out, is where teachers can understand how to facilitate the teaching-learning process and enhance the productivity for the student and all the stakeholders.

What’s your take on skill development? How can the young generation in this 21st century hone skill development for employability?

I always tell this, I’ve been speaking at different platforms on this. We have talent on one side and there are skills, competency, and capability. If I want to connect all the four dots, if I go back and see my complete education system, probably in my times, our talent DNA was something different, and we had different skills. What we should be able to do is identify the talent DNA of a particular child at an early stage and embed the right skills for that talent. Then the student will excel in whatever profession they aspire to. Today, it’s all about the skills. LinkedIn, for instance, added around 33 million skill sets onto their platform. It’s not about the degree; the degree has taken a backseat. Now, if you have skills, you are deployable from day one. The focus is shifting towards skilling, and it’s the new norm.

ArdorComm Media Group has recently completed 2 years of its existence, any message or wishes for us?

It’s a nice initiative, and you are very young. I just came to know that you are just 2 years old. I wish you all the best. You’re doing a great job, especially towards the education sector. You need to continue this and do it at a bigger, larger scale for the next time. I’ll be happy to participate in the next coming events.

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