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Technology To Change Status Of Education- BITS VC

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How Can Technology Change Education?
In this busy world of Education, with lots of conflicts around faculty and infrastructure only to provide quality based education to children of India is a great deal to go for. Here, the Vice President of BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Mr.Bijendra Nath Jain says that there is a need to take up the changing education and make use of technology to make it a complete Education System.

Mr. Jain who was speaking to IANS after the premier technology institute launched a service to connect all its campus through Video-Conferencing said "People haven't quite understood there is shortage of faculty, and technology can address it."

He showered his thought making a note to everyone present there. He said "The Future of Education depends on Such Initiatives". "Indian students prefer to take a research or teaching job abroad but not in our nation. It is a serious problem for our society, which doesn't value the worth of a teacher. Even the compensation is very low", he added.

BITS VC also said that "We have not understood that 'Education' is Changing". "It used to be a teacher going to a classroom, giving a lecture. But in today's generation all the information is already on servers, available all over the world. Classroom contact is still required for clarifications of doubts, but most of us have not understood that growth of education will now depend on how we use these technologies", he said.

The Vice chancellor also pointed out that "The classrooms can seat 180-200 students and are equipped with a high definition screen. The rows for students are equipped with microphones and push buttons. Pressing the button automatically focuses a high definition camera on the student, making the interaction more personal".

Mr.Prem Jain, the Chief Mentor of BITS Connect 2.0 and a member of the Alumni Advisory Council that has substantially assisted in developing and implementing the technique says "It gives a feeling of sitting face-to-face in a conference as if it is a large oval table".

"In the classroom, students can even have eye-contact with a teacher who is in a different campus", he added.

Briefing out the use of technology, Vice chancellor said "It will hugely help in copying with the faculty shortage. It will also facilitate conferences and campus interviews as people won't have to drive all the way down to Pilani". BITS Pilani also was one of the first Indian universities to set up IT Technology, Gigabit Mangalam Birla termed it a "Significant step forward that extends the boundaries of technology-enabled learning."

VC also spoke about the role of Private Universities in the growing education market. He said the contribution being made by private universities was yet to be recognized. "The role of a private universities has to be well understood, encouraged and recognized. Not all government universities are good and not all Private Universities are bad."

So, equal importance are to be given for both Private and Government institutes and focus only on the Changing education and Growing Technology. What do you feel about this? Will India see a massive change in Changing Education and Growing Technology? Share your views with us.

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