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The National Conference on Innovative Teaching and Skill Development was recently held at Symbiosis Skills and Professional University (SSPU) in Pune. Organized in collaboration with Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), the conference aimed to foster high-quality education and innovative teaching methods in higher education and skill development. The event received praise from esteemed participants for its focus on promoting effective teaching and learning practices.
The conference, held on June 3, revolved around the theme of “Innovative Teaching and Learning through Technology.” It covered a wide range of topics, including virtual classes, the effective use of ICT tools for teaching and learning, and the utilization of open educational resources. The gathering provided an excellent platform for educators, researchers, and professionals to exchange ideas and explore new avenues for enhancing teaching and learning experiences.
Dr. Gauri Shiurkar, the Vice-Chancellor of Symbiosis Skills and Professional University, welcomed the attendees and provided an overview of the unique national conference. Dr. Swati Mujumdar, the Pro-Chancellor of SSPU, emphasized the importance of skill development and its role in fulfilling India’s Skill India and Make in India missions. She stressed the need for educators to focus on building skills in students to prepare them for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.
The conference had esteemed speakers, including Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Former Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC, who highlighted the importance of setting standards, attracting quality teachers, training and support, and creating an environment conducive to skill development. Wesley Teter, a Senior Consultant for Educational Innovation & Skill Development at UNESCO, and Manish Joshi, a Project Officer at UNESCO-UNEVOC, also shared their insights virtually.
Two engaging panel discussions were conducted during the conference. The first focused on “Learning How to Learn in Outcome-Based Education,” while the second explored “Innovative Strategies for Skill Development and Training,” generating enthusiastic participation from the audience. The conference provided a valuable platform to exchange knowledge and ideas to advance innovative teaching practices and skill development in higher education.
Re-reported from the article originally published in The Free Press Journal