Siddharth Chaturvedi, Executive Vice President at AISECT

Tell our readers about AISECT Group and your professional journey.

AISECT is India’s leading Social Enterprise that is working in the areas of Skill Development, Higher Education, Financial Inclusion, e-Governance, and other ICT-based services to bring about an inclusive change in the semi-urban and rural areas of the country. Established in 1985, the Bhopal-headquartered organization has been untiringly reaching out to the remotest corners of the country to empower people, generate employment for the youth and unfold entrepreneurial initiatives.

Tell us about the current state of Education in India both, especially in higher education.

The Indian education landscape has undergone a major shift over the past decade. This transformation has made education inclusive and futuristic. One of the biggest landmark move was the NEP that was announced in 2020. NEP enables skill-based learning to make students industry ready and aids a shift in the fragmented Indian education landscape.

The New Education policy has transformed education by enhancing multi-disciplinary learning, better student outcomes, job opportunities etc. The innovative dimensions in learning has strengthened vocational education and training that meets global standards while focussing on the ethos of inclusive, equitable access to education for all.

Higher education has become more accessible over the past few years owing to online education and the advent of e-learning. Personalization and innovation in education has paved way for students to thrive in a highly competitive and global landscape. Newer models like blended learning, integration of technology across teaching, performance and assessment are playing a pivotal role in delivering quality education.

Your thoughts on why foreign students are considering India for higher education

India has grown to be a hub of quality education, with a focus on research, innovation, overall development and academic prowess. Technological advances coupled with high academic standards have rendered Indian Universities as a leading choice for students from countries across the globe.

Additionally, Indian pedagogy has been acclaimed for its focus on practical and theoretical learning. With Research and Innovation as core pillars, the Indian education landscape has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to gain more laurels.

Through some light on the why developing soft skills are so pivotal towards the overall development of a student

With blurring borders and an ever-evolving landscape, soft skills and personality development are key parameters of success. In order to thrive in a highly competitive landscape, soft skills, out-of-the box thinking, good communication and negotiation skills can help students gain an edge over other candidates & make them industry ready

By offering unique courses such as Foreign Language, Yoga, Personality development, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Communication skills Agriculture etc. Universities aim to not only enhance skills but also instil entrepreneurship and lateral thinking.

Post COVID how online education has impacted the offline education system in India  

Online education landscape propelled by COVID 19 has made hybrid learning a way of life for students. That being said, offline education has become more flexible by doing away with the boundaries of time and distance. Technology has made way into offline education in a larger way as compared to the pre-Covid days. Overall, offline education has become agile and inclusive, providing unparalleled opportunities to young students.

From a policy stand point, The new National Education Policy (NEP) has proven to redefine the existing learning landscape by integrating inclusive, multi-disciplinary approach and emphasis on holistic learning to build a nation economically strong, youth future-ready and socially aware.


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