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Fluidity needed in academic mission: Nishank


National Seminar held on Education Policy at MKP PG College


DEHRADUN, 29 Sep: A day-long National Seminar on “National Education Policy: Various aspects and perspectives”, celebrating 100 days of MHRD, was held at the MKP PG College, here, on 28 September. Union Cabinet Minister, Human Resource and Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the seminar. It was an immensely proud moment for the college to participate in the brainstorming sessions, which were based on the education policy, to iron out the diversities inherent in the Indian social system. One of them is equitability and the other is creating a vibrant knowledge society. Dr Nishank addressed the core issues and emphasised the basic purpose of higher education, as well as the perspectives that the colleges and the universities should attempt to pursue. The Minister, while addressing his toughest challenges during the 100 initial days in the MHRD Ministry, strewn with a wide plethora of issues, mentioned Fluidity needed in academic mission: Nishank the need for fluidity in the academic mission, which is ever evolving and ever growing owing to the local and global challenges that co- exist in the system, simultaneously. Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Minister of State, Higher Education, Uttarakhand, appreciated the efforts of the seminar committee to take up the education policy with the students to sensitise and motivate them in identifying their goals. Dr Sunita Kumar, Principal, MKP PG College, Meenu Singh, President, MKP Society, and Kuldeep Singh Negi, President, MKP College Society, shared the dais with the ministers. The keynote speakers at the event were Dr Byra Reddy, Prof and Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, UPES, Prof Surekha Dangwal, Head, Department of European and Foreign Languages, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar, Prof Amar Prakash Garg, VC, Shobhit University, Meerut, and Prof S Joshi, Kumaon University. The sessions were presided over by Prof Jaywanti Dimri, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, and Dr Sudha Pandey, ex-Vice Chancellor, Uttaranchal Dev Sanskrit University. The speakers at the academic and interactive sessions with the students hammered out the key issues in education that need to be addressed. Academicians, scholars and students from various states attended the seminar. The research papers received during the seminar will be published after a double blind review. Dr Chetana Pokhriyal, Convener, and Dr Mamta Singh, co-convener, organised the seminar with the support of Dr Punit Saini, Dr Shalini Uniyal, Dr Tulika Chandra and Dr Alka Mohan, who were members of the core committee.