Ex­pan­sion, ex­cel­lence & eq­uity key to lever­age higher ed­u­ca­tion in Ben­gal

FICCI Business Digest - - In The States -

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

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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',

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