With the target of instilling amongst college students the significance of getting a particular ‘Purpose’ in life for shaping their profession, FLAME University hosted FLAME University Purpose Summit 2021 on January 23-24. Welcoming the audio system and visitors, FLAME University Vice-Chancellor Dr Dishan Kamdar stated that the significance of figuring out our goal has change into much more essential now, given the uncertainties we confronted in 2020 and proceed to face as we speak. “Each one of us must recalibrate our life’s priorities, set goals for ourselves to find success in the future,” he stated.

In an e mail interview with hindustantimes.com, Dr Dishan Kamdar additional elaborated on the aim of the summit, significance of liberal schooling, function universities can play in shaping profession of their college students and far more. Here is what he stated:

FLAME University hosted the Purpose Summit on January 23-24. What did you propose to attain by this Summit?

The FLAME University Purpose Summit 2021 had been created with the target of enabling conversations and change of views about ’Purpose’, the driving drive that shapes the actions of people, establishments, nations, and the world at giant. This has change into extra related than ever because the final yr redefined the that means of ‘Purpose’ for all the world. We wished to carry collectively distinguished public figures from all walks of life comparable to policymakers, enterprise heads, academicians, political leaders, journalists, social employees, artists, and entrepreneurs on a typical platform to allow the bigger group to be taught from the experiences and knowledge of a few of the profitable folks of our occasions. As a data supplier, we imagine it’s our endeavour to assist folks discover their goal in life.

It resonates with the core ethos of interdisciplinary liberal schooling at FLAME University that focuses on serving to college students pursue their goal.

The significance of liberal schooling is rising with every passing day, particularly after the announcement on New Education Policy. How does Liberal Education assist a scholar to find his/her goal, which is so essential for selecting a profession?

Liberal schooling goes to be the way forward for schooling. Liberal schooling helps in following methods:

*A plethora of topics to select from and all kinds of major-minor combos, which permit college students to discover and perceive.

*Equipping college students with broad-based abilities to reinforce their all-round improvement by a wholesome mixture of in-class and out of sophistication studying, together with sports activities.

*Helps them discover what pursuits them and on the similar time placing emphasis on social duty, group engagement and being delicate in the direction of the atmosphere.

*Instilling curiosity in them in regards to the world, numerous cultures and traditions, which allows them to get a world perspective and native insights.

As talked about by a few of differentiating elements above, liberal schooling makes positive that the scholars get the very best choices to select from, to discover, to be curious and to seek out their profession targets.

In your opinion, what steps universities ought to take to assist college students discover their path in life?

Universities must discover the uncharted path and modern strategies in the case of pedagogy, and taking part in the function of facilitators in a scholar’s journey of discovering their targets and getting ready them for his or her future. Student studying has to transcend the classroom classes and embrace extracurricular actions that may present a holistic studying and 360-degree improvement.

In the undergraduate program, ‘mentorship’ performs a really essential function within the development of a scholar. Faculty mentors, friends and alumni mentors have a ‘purposeful’ function to play in counselling and guiding college students to decide on their development path. This facet is a life-changing expertise for college students. Universities should put money into creating a powerful pool of mentors and a mentorship community at their establishments.

With the New Education Policy 2020 coming into impact, I’m hopeful of seeing a modified outlook in the direction of educating our younger college students. With the multi-disciplinary system changing into obligatory for all, college students are offered with numerous choices to discover and make their decisions. This permits them the chance to be curious in regards to the world round them and to seek out what they’re in search of. The future will belong to those that can view it from another lens; and as schooling suppliers our function is to facilitate their curiosity and provides them the breadth and depth of information of their most well-liked alternative of careers and ability them for all times.

What initiatives have you ever taken to assist college students overcome studying points through the pandemic?

At FLAME we had been well-prepared even earlier than the pandemic hit the nation in full swing. A Digital Task Force was put in place to make sure that studying didn’t endure, the college was upskilled in varied technological platforms to ship lectures, and so forth. We had been capable of transfer to digital platforms fairly swiftly to ensure that studying was seamless and new college students becoming a member of had been on boarded effortlessly.

There is a variety of buzz round buying new abilities as we speak. What is your tackle it?

The world is altering at an unimaginable tempo. Technology is likely one of the most essential drivers of this variation. With innovation and development taking place consistently, skilling ourselves has change into crucial. Given how the world is altering, college students should be ready for the unsure future, a thought that grew to become a actuality with the pandemic. The pandemic has showcased the significance of liberal schooling which prepares college students not just for the short-term but additionally for the long-term.

The future goes to be very completely different and goes to be in favour of those that have a mess of abilities to resolve the multi-faceted, dynamic issues that the world goes to throw at them. Digital literacy abilities comparable to knowledge analytics, AI, AR, VR, machine studying, and so forth. are prime on the checklist. The World Economic Forum Survey talks in regards to the significance of vital considering, problem-solving, resilience, flexibility as required abilities within the subsequent few years.

I’d suggest growing excessive ranges of Emotional Quotient (EQ) which is able to enable you to have empathy and understanding of individuals in your skilled and private life. I imagine that it will be important that we’re expert to deal with each these elements of our life, that are equally essential.

What will probably be your recommendation to these finding out in universities as we speak?

Firstly, profit from your undergraduate life. It goes to be one of the vital memorable phases in your life. Academics are an essential facet of why you will have joined a college, so don’t compromise on educational rigour. Your research on the college goes to be a basis to your future life studying. At the identical time, get entangled in as many extracurricular actions as you may – those who curiosity you, can help you hone your abilities and improve our studying, admire wonderful and performing arts, and so forth. Go out and make buddies, make investments effort and time into constructing a community. This is extraordinarily essential as this will probably be your help afterward in life when you may assist one another.

Be able to be a scholar for all times, be curious, open-minded, be taught to work in teams, respect and be tolerant of numerous views as life is all about celebrating our range.

Focus on studying and never simply on placements, there’s a distinction between getting ‘job ready’ and getting ‘future-ready’. Develop a long-term perspective of what’s going to be your profession and hold your choices open, this may can help you discover and discover what pursuits you.

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