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Prof. (Dr.) Arun Garg, Vice Chancellor, MVN University, Palwal, Highlights the Importance of Industry-Academia Outreach

“There are a lot of industry-university interactions which are taking place in the learning process,” says Prof. (Dr.) Arun Garg, Vice Chancellor, MVN University, Palwal in an Interview with Pratik Ghosh, Content Writer, ArdorComm Media Group at the ‘New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023’ #ELSANewDelhi #ELSAGurugram

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

It’s a very wonderful program which you have conducted and it’s all wonderful learning from different panellists and different speakers on how we can improve upon higher education, how we can adopt new technology, how we can interact or collaborate. These are the things which the new normal is about, and which are the different new skills. How we can upskill our teachers as well as upskill our students, and how we can make our students industry-oriented or globally placed professionals.

What’s your take on the industry and academia outreaches which are taking place in your university? Any such initiative which is being taken in your university?

Yeah, there are a lot of industry-university interactions which are taking place in the learning process. We have Bansal Classes who are themselves coming up and teaching the students with the updated skills which are required by IBM and Samsung. Then we have a few other industries, pharmaceutical industries. Recently, today only, we had an initial talk with Amrita Hospital for our physiotherapy and pharmacy classes. So, the thing which is very new to this area of pharmaceutical science is how to reduce the cost of medication to the patient and how to be more effective. There are a lot of medication errors and a lot of other things. So, we are going to work together with Amrita Hospital, which is going to be one of the biggest hospitals coming up in Faridabad.

How important is skill development for students in this present situation?

It is very important to have the skills in your respective domain, which is very important. Especially in case of computer science, the skills are being updated every five years or maybe three years. But in all other health sciences and other professions, you need to be updated with computer science, communication, and also the various platforms which are available for upskilling yourself. LinkedIn has several courses, Coursera has several courses. These courses are to be taken up by the students or maybe by working professionals for getting upskilled.

As you can see in these kinds of forums where we bring in the education leaders, the ed-tech leaders, as well as the government, how does this kind of forum benefit the education sector?

When we interact with all these learning platforms and other education players, we learn from each other. That’s what we discussed in this platform, Interactive learning. So, it’s a great platform for us to interact with the big players as well as with the small and come to know what is happening in this particular feature in the education industry here. So, it’s a great learning from this education summit.

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