Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:19
Panaji: Goa University vice-chancellor (VC) professor Varun Sahni said that we need to rethink the boundaries of the disciplines by recognizing that their origins are 18th century Europe and this could mean they were irrelevant in the 21st century.
"We need to bring in an integration between the world of academics and that of employment. We need to think of mainstreaming vocational education. We presently have a system which rates knowledge over skills," said Sahni. He said that one also needed to think how the wealth of social knowledge, including the popular culture, could be recorded.
Sahni said that as much as there was a need for innovation, the innovation should take place while still retaining the traditional university system.
The VC said that the lifespan was increasingly going up with advancement in medical science and that universities needed to look at providing education to those beyond the 18 to 28 age group to which the varsity caters at present.
Sahni was speaking on Thursday at the award ceremony of an essay competition, organized by the International Centre Goa (ICG), in collaboration with the Goa University and supported by Dattaraj Salgaocar, chairman, V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education.
In the second edition of 'Ideas Unleashed', students from colleges across Goa were asked to write essays on "Raising the standard of higher education in Goa: Challenges & solutions'.
The prize winning ideas were then presented to the state government for its consideration.
Yatin Kakodkar, president of the board of trustees of ICG, said that the number of entries received for the competition have doubled to 100 in the second edition.
Goa governor Mridula Sinha presented the trophies and certificates to the winners. Amey Dinesh Shenvi Sangavkar, Goa College of Engineering, Farmagudi, Ponda-Goa, was awarded first place; second place was won by Shashank Prakash Srivastava, National Institute of Technology Goa, while Huzefa Abdullah Ujjainwala, P.E.S's Rajaram and Tarabai Bandekar College of Pharmacy, Ponda, bagged the third place. The award-winners also received cash prizes of Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000 & Rs 15,000 respectively.