Expansion, excellence & equity key to leverage higher education in Bengal
L to R: Rajendra C. M. ,MD, Talisma Corporation Pvt. Ltd; Gaurav Swarup, Chairman, FICCI West Bengal State Council; Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Presidency University; Vivek Kumar, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal; Dr. Bibek Banerjee, Director, IMT Ghaziabad and Manish Chopra, Senior VP & Business Leader, Financial Services Analytics, Genpact. FCouncil ICCI West Bengal State
organised a programme on 'Higher Education – Emerging Trends and Opportunities' in Kolkata on April 25, 2014. The objective was to bring together policymakers, industry, academia, employers, students, consultants and other stakeholders to discuss and deliberate on the recent trends and opportunities in the higher education sector with a special focus on West Bengal.
Gaurav Swarup, Chairman, FICCI WBSC, spoke on severe shortage of faculty and major challenges of
June 2014 quality in higher education. Nearly 30 per cent of the state's population is between 15-29 years of age, which re-emphasises the need for widening the ambit of higher education and to create enabling conditions to make the higher education system robust and engage the corporate sector to invest in existing institutions, set up new institutions, and develop new knowledge clusters.
In his keynote address, Vivek Kumar, Secretary, Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, elaborated on the three-pronged approach of the state towards higher education - expansion, excellence and equity. The state government has initiated 31 government colleges, 17 stateaided colleges and 3 private universities in the last two years. Online processes for admission of Under Graduates in State Colleges in 2014-15 and common entrance tests at the post graduate level have been taken up.
Prof. Malabika Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, Presidency University, in her special address, stressed on the need for fundamental research and innovation which is the bedrock for technology based advancement in higher education. Prof. Sarkar focused on the importance of incubation centres to foster industry-university partnerships.
Dr. Bibek Banerjee, Director, IMT Ghaziabad, mentioned that demand for trained analytics professionals has witnessed a massive growth in recent years. Therefore IMT has strategised their course offerings and introduced courses in business analytics, predictive modeling, treasury analytics, financial analytics and marketing analytics – and nearly all of them in partnership with industry partners.
Speaking on 'career in analytics',