Pune: The ‘International Conference on Transforming Engineering Education’ (ICTEE 2017) hosted by MIT Academy of Engineering (MIT AOE) was inaugurated at MIT WPU Kothrud Campus, Pune. The 3-day conference ( 14-16 Dec ) willprovide a forum for individuals from academia and industry to share and discuss their views on the present educational system and collaboratively transform Engineering education. Experts opined that while there have been good innovations with engineering and science , it is necessary to bring about a change in Engineering education for the betterment of the society.
Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi , Prof. (Dr.) Vishwanath Karad , Founder, Executive President & Managing trustee, MIT Group of Institutions, Dr Sunil Karad Executive Director MIT Group of Institutions , Dr. Rajendra Shende, Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre, India and France ; Prof.P .B. Joshi,Joint Managing Trustee,MAEER’s MIT , Dr. Sanjay Dhande, Chancellor, Avantika University, Former Director, IIT, Kanpur , ; Dr. Rajesh Ingle, IEEE, Pune Section , and Dr. Yogesh Bhalerao, Director, MIT-AOE were present on the occasion.
Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna spoke on ‘Education Expansion in the Digital Era’. In his key note address, he said, “The process of transformation is a gradual one. One will not see true transformation unless he/she does not get fully immersed in the process. Each one of us has an innovative mind. It is necessary to educate yourself with the purpose of shaping into a better person and not just be limited by a profession. Teachers everywhere must adopt the method of Flip Learning. Through interaction and discussions, students will be able to gain more knowledge. Also, engineering students must be made available with the necessary equipments, laboratories that are accessible round the clock . ”
Sanjay Dhande said that the time has come to champion the cause of quality of engineering education and engineering educators. Instead of stressing only for teachers having doctorates , we should have a degree of Master in Engineering Education . A good teacher must be able to bring about transformation in students .
PB Joshi said that Teachers , Students, Management , parents and industry are the stakeholders in education system with everybody having a role to play. Teaching should not be only from syllabus but should also encourage innovation.
Rajendra Shende said that transformation should be a key driver in sustainable development .
Prof . Dr V.D. Karad said that while there have been some mind boggling innovations with engineering , science and technology in the recent past , it is necessary to add spiritual component to education . Union of Science and Spirituality can bring about peace to mankind .
Dr Rajesh Ingle said that innovations have an effect on the social structure and engineers must be aware of it.
Dr. Nitin Pangarkar spoke on ‘Innovations in Teaching Learning’, Dr. Y.J. Bhalerao, Director, MIT AOE gave the introductory speech , Sneha Bisht was the compeer while Prof Praful Hatte gave the vote of thanks.
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