FR. Bimal Lakra participates in the workshop ” Road map for Excellent Higher Education Institutions” from 1-3 Aug 2019 at Chennai.
August 4, 2019
3 Aug 19: Under the ageis of Don Bosco Higher Education India (DBHEI) a workshop entitled “ Road map for Excellent Higher Education Institutions” meant for the Principals, Vice-Principals, Deans, Secretaries and Leaders” was organized by Rev. Dr. Maria Soosai Sdb, the Secretary of DBHEI, Convened by Rev. Dr. Thaddeus and logistics seen to by Rev. Fr. Kasi Sagayaraj, from 1 August to 3 August 2019. The Venue for the Workshop was the Citadel, Landon’s Road, Kilpauk, Chennai . There were 53 participants in the Workshop.
The Registration for the Workshop started at 9.00am and the Inaugural Function was held at 9.30am, in which the Inaugural address was delivered by Rev. Fr. Dr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga Sdb, the Regional Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He emphasized on the need and relevance of Higher Education in India and exhorted the participants to think deeply on the topic in the context of the New Education Policy being discussed and debated in the country. The welcome speech was delivered by Rev. Fr. Maria Soosai Sdb, the DBHEI Secretary and the Workshop Dynamics was explained by Fr. Dr. Thaddeus, the Convener of the Workshop.
Purpose and the Rationale for the Workshop is given below:
An efficient and effective leader in Higher Education ministry today requires competencies and strategies beyond the traditional skill set. Most of our institutions of Higher learning face challenges from the stakeholders, neighbourhood and government agencies. Expansion, excellence and equity with quality systems require a unique blend of aptitude, competencies and skills.
Every top-level leader in a Higher Education institution must be a: ● Strategist ● Educator ● Fundraiser ● Process Protagonist ● Academic Leader ● Collaborator
Strategic planning and execution, fundraising, alumni engagement and donor management rank the most important responsibilities in the daily tasks of a Secretary/Principal. Collaborating and building relationships with stakeholders in and off-campus is a must.
Board of Management should set definite long-range goals for top leaders and evaluate their performance and progress towards the achievement of the vision and mission of the institute.
Every thriving business today relies on digital technologies as a backbone for growth. Leaders must be tech savvy and data-driven to succeed. Education Leaders need to get ahead in our fast-paced, innovation-driven business landscape.
Pedagogy needs a revamp too with digital intrusions and disruptions among the students. Student-centric learning methods integrated with ICT have to be prudently introduced in our education institutions. Practical and result-oriented processes with proper monitoring are to be in place across the institution to ensure higher level of accreditation and ranking.
The various topics and the resource persons dealing them were as follows:
- Perspective/Strategic Planning by Rev. Dr Francis P. Xavier SJ Rector & Vice President, Loyola Campus, Chennai
- Resource Management- Finance & Human Resources by Dr Henry Rosario M.S.W., Ph.D (Philippines) Director, Exodus Research & Development Pvt Ltd
- Global Ranking and NIRF by Dr Karthick Sridhar Vice Chairman, Indian Centre for Academic Rankings & Excellence Pvt Ltd (ICARE)
- Practical Directives to Augment NAAC Grading by Mr Syed Mujahid Higher Education Advisor, Serial Networker, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker
- Digital Technologies & Pedagogy by Mr Sadiq Sait Founder and CEO, uLektz.com
- HEI Roadmap and NEP 2019 by Dr N. Manoharan Pro Vice Chancellor, AMET University, Chennai
The topics for the Workshop were apt and relevant and the resource persons expounding them were of high caliber, real experts in their field. It was a three days of learning and enlightenment. All the participants have truly grown in the profession of being a true teacher, leader, mentor to the youth of today, who come to our Colleges.
Reported by: Fr. Bimal Lakra Sdb, Vice-Principal & PRO, Don Bosco College, Golaghat