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Top City Educationists Discuss ‘The Millennial Challenge’ at the 3rd ISBF LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposium

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Top City Educationists Discuss ‘The Millennial Challenge’ at the 3rd ISBF LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposium

  • Date March 30, 2018
ISBF LSE Annual Teacher's Symposium
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  • Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Guest of Honour, spoke on ‘The Millennials: Challenges & Opportunities’
  • James Abdey of The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in his keynote address spoke on ‘Are Classrooms Irrelevant’

New Delhi, March 30, 2018: The third ISBF & LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposiums 2018, a collaborative effort between the New Delhi based Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF) and the globally renowned The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), addressed challenges faced in higher education delivery in the present times, particularly to the post-millennial generation living in the digital era. The day-long event, which brought together a representative community of educators from the city’s high schools, took place at the Magnolia Centre in India Habitat Centre (IHC) on Thursday (29th March, 2018). This year’s theme, ‘The Millennials: Challenges and Opportunities’, was addressed by Guest of Honour at the Symposium Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Dr. James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer, Statistics, LSE delivered the key note address on ‘Are Classes Irrelevant?’. Also present at the symposium was Ms. Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding Director of De Pedagogics.

The morning session saw the welcome address delivered by Dr. G.L. Tayal, Dean Academics, ISBF. During the address, he said, “There’s a need to integrate content, pedagogy and technology, involving students in an active learning process.”

Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, during his address as the Guest of Honour said, that there’s need for educators from the city’s top schools, gathered at the symposium, should be cognizant of the fact that they were privileged to be teaching the top few percentile of students in the country, unlike teachers in public schools in India, where most students are from more economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. James Abdey in his keynote address drew the audience’s attention to the shrinking attention span of the present generation of learners. He said, “A recent Microsoft study found human attention span to be as low as 8 seconds, and under the present scenario a significant reorientation is necessary in order to retain student engagement in the classroom.” During the tenure of his discourse he also emphasized on methods through which today’s classrooms must adapt, to stay relevant.

Dr. Jitin Chadha, Founder & Director of ISBF, concluded the Symposium with a vote of thanks while stressing on the need and importance of innovative delivery models in higher education to deliver to the expectations of India’s next generations, who have multiple modes of learning available to them now.

Some prominent institutions represented at the Symposium included the likes of DPS (Faridabad), DPS (Civil Lines), DPS (Gurgaon), Pathways International (Noida), Lotus Valley School (Gurgaon), Salwan Public School, Maxfort School (Dwarka), Strawberry Fields School (Chandigarh), GD Goenka International School, Suncity School, Shikshantar School, Blue Bells Model School (Gurgaon), Heritage School (Gurgaon) and Bal Bharti Public School (Dwarka), Ecole Global (Dehradun) and Summer Fields School.

The afternoon session of the symposium had three breakaway sessions. Dr.Abdey, in the breakaway session he conducted in the afternoon, said, “There is a need for on orientation towards learning from an inter-disciplinary perspective”. To help explain further, he provided the example of Mathematics. He said, “It is important to understand that Mathematics is the language of higher study in many subjects, such as Economics, Finance and Actuarial Science.” Taking her discussion further, in the second breakaway session, Ms. Pervin Malhotra, Director, Career Guidance India, drew attention on career opportunities for millennials with the advent of technology. The third session saw ISBF’s Dean and Associate Professor Aryapriya Ganguly presenting the case study method as a tool to help students blend theory and practice. Thereafter, the group re-convened for the final session of the day, which discussed ISBF’s pedagogical interventions towards inculcating and fostering a spirit of enquiry among students, along the lines of the LSE motto “to understand the causes of things”.

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