India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA

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Inability to communicate with others in a proficient manner makes it difficult to comprehend the skills of the said individual and create a cohesive learning environment. This was informed by Provost, Johns Hopkins University, USA, Dr. Sunil Kumar. He was speaking at the round table discussion on ‘Enhancing Quality of Higher Education: Issues and Opportunities at Hotel Marriott today.

He further added that it is important to measure a student’s capability to learn rather than what they have already learnt. There is a special requirement to realise that learning is a continuous process which over time results in holistic development. It is important to inculcate an aspiration for excellence among the students. They should be able to work with others not just academically but also be able to empathise emotionally.

Chairman, Ajit Foundation, Jaipur, Dr. V.S. Vyas highlighted the 4 factors that determine the quality of education – students, teachers, leaders and regulators. If the teachers challenge the students, then there is positive scope for increasing their capacity of learning. Teachers should also be presented with ample growth opportunities and be recognised and encouraged by their peers.

Chairman IIHMR University, Dr S.D. Gupta said that India is the 3rd largest in terms of higher education with huge infrastructure and network. India’s educated middle class population is equivalent to the entire population of the USA. Fresh graduates can hurt their chances of employability with inadequate proficiency in written and verbal English communication skills.

Earlier the welcome address was extended by Pro-President, IIHMR University, Dr. P.R. Sodani.

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