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BloombergUTV Organises Ed Tech Forum

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BloombergUTV PULSE, India's Business news channel has organised ED TECH FORUM 2011 on 'Integrating Technology and Transforming Education' which aimed to establishing an open platform for sharing of experience that have made national and international impact and encouraged a debate on the new opportunities and possibilities that can assist in expanding stakeholders' perspective on the effective use of technology in education.

Many top notch people were present at the occasion included Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Innovation Council, Avtar Singh, Head, NCERT, Ashish Garg, Former Regional Asia Co-ordinator for Global E-School and addressed the crowd. Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Innovation Council said, "I believe that in today's time and age, IT and ICT play a vital role in every sector, be it Government, education, factories, hospital. Nothing is possible without IT and ICT. Information Technology offers unique possibilities to make generational changes.' he added.

He further added "The entire education system is obsolete. And the real challenge lies in expansion. Supply is not there but demand is very high. We also need to ensure that poorest of poor too gets quality education. IT can play an important role in educating the people in poor areas provided we are ready to break the barriers.

Prof Avtar Singh, Head, NCERT, said, "Technology has become an important element of the education sector. ICT can supplement and compliment the education system in India but in a classroom learning process, use of technology solely depends on the teacher. But complete dependence on the technology will not be appropriate. It is necessary that stand-by arrangements are in place in case something went wrong with the infrastructure. Technology is still an emerging field. Virtual labs and virtual classrooms therefore, are still very advanced concepts for our nation.'

Ashish Garg, Former Regional Asia Co-ordinator for Global E School in her address about the role of ICT in education system said, "ICT is all about new collaborative tools. However, without a strategic rational, education will become techno-centric without making proper usage of that technology. ICT will have to play the role of an integrator between stakeholders, government and the industry experts." 

The addresses were followed by a panel discussion on Developing the right eco system: Stakeholder contribution to Policy Development' comprising of panelist like R.P. Sisodia, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Meena Ganesh, MD & CEO - Pearson Education Services; Shipra Sarcar, Principal - Airforce Golden Jubilee Institute.