An eminent panel of academicians called for the imminent need of creating autonomous learning environments for students and re-calibrating the role of educators as lead learners. Speaking to a strong 42-city schools representation at the ISBF & LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposium, held at Indus Valley School, Kolkata, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the panel consisting of Dr. James Abdey, Associate Director, International Programmes, UoL; Mrs. Bratati Bhattacharya, CEO, Shikshayatan Foundation & Shri Shikshayatan School; Dr. G. L. Tayal, Academic Dean, ISBF and Ms. Amita Prasad, Director of Education, Indus Valley School, deliberated on the subject, “Creating, Curating & Calibrating Institutions of the Future”.
The ISBF & LSE Annual Teachers’ Symposiums 2019, a collaborative effort between London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and the New Delhi based Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF), was organized around the over-arching theme of “Empowering Post-Millenials by Future Proofing Learning & Counselling”.
The panel discussion was a highlight of the Symposium. While Dr. Abdey stressed on the significance of various knowledge structures and their effect on classroom pedagogy, Mrs. Bhattacharya emphasized on utilizing technology for collecting, categorizing, curating, and calibrating while providing sufficient liberty to promote creativity. During the discussion, Dr. Tayal spoke on curating the local Indian schools to align them with world-class institutions, while Ms. Amita Prasad centred on lateral thinking and focused attention towards deeper learning and problem solving to make education future-proof. She remarked, “The time has come in education when we need to carefully examine our beliefs and practices. We need to make our students future ready for careers and citizenship.”
The morning session saw a welcome address delivered by Dr. G.L. Tayal, Dean of Academics, ISBF. Dr. James Abdey delivered the keynote address and stressed on future-proofing learning and counselling for the new millennials. In his keynote address, Dr.Abdey said, “Higher education challenges, while not necessarily resolved overnight, can be well-worked upon if we can create an autonomous learning environment and stimulate in students the independence of thought, in both quantitative and qualitative problems”.
The breakaway sessions saw the city teachers exchanging ideas on ‘Empowering Students by curating participatory teaching-learning-assessment environments’ and ‘Future proofing careers in Economics, Management, Finance and Data Science’.
Panelists during the Panel Discussion (Left to Right) – Dr.G.L.Tayal, Academic Dean, ISBF; Mrs.Bratati Bhattacharya, CEO, Shikshayatan Foundation & Shri Shikshayatan School; Dr.James Abdey, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Statistics & Associate Director of International Programmes at LSE and Ms.Amita Prasad, Director of Education, IVWS
Educators and Counsellors at the LSE-ISBF Annual Teachers Symposium