22 May 2013

Can school administrators become leaders?

Can school administrators become leaders? Or should they care at all to be one?

Indian Education system is today at the crossroads. On one side we are targeting higher gross enrollment ratios and increased access through Right to Education, on the other hand students across grades are not able to read and write in basic language skills. At one hand there is increased focus on providing skill based training & vocational education programmes and on the other hand there is acute shortage of skilled instructors and teachers in the country. Simply put, there are three basic challenges the Indian Education Sector faces: Expansion (reaching underserved areas and increased access at lower costs), Equity (better targeted interventions which include people from various socio-economic groups) and Excellence (focused on improving teacher learning and building research capability).
At the recently concluded, Global Education & Skills Forum, Former US President, Bill Clinton said, “It …

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6 May 2013

Vocational Education: Increasing the desirability quotient

Indian Education Congress 2013: ‘Vocational Education: Re-defining what it means to be “degreed”. Kamini Prasad, COO, Professional Education & Training, Centum Learning, represented Centum Learning at ‘India Education Congress 2013’ held in Faridabad on May 3rd, 2013, where she shared her perspective on ‘Vocational Education: Re-defining what it means to be “degreed”.

Thought leaders from the industry and eminent educationists discussed & deliberated upon the issues and concerns facing the vocational education domain. The foremost challenge impending future of vocational education in India, even after the sector witnessing considerable policy and institutional push, is the desirability quotient amongst its key stakeholders. The 64% of Indian population which is certain to comprise the potential workforce of the nation for the next 2 decades doesn’t perceive a career in Vocational space to be lucrative enough or even respectable for that matter! To add to the woes, the employers and the industry on a whole are invariably reluctant to value and reward the skilled workforce.…

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19 Apr 2013

Centum Learning participated at ‘Investment in Education’ Seminar at PHD Chamber

 Shashi Kanth SS, COO – Centum WorkSkills India Limited represented Centum Learning at a Seminar on Investment in Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Issues at the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry on April 18, 2013.

In the session on Solutions, Services and Innovation in Private Investments in Vocational Education, Shashi Kanth spoke about the huge demand and supply gap and how this can be bridged with the sizable private investments in education in the following areas: building infrastructure, skills training, building community connect, content creation, conducting Train-the-Trainers (through initiatives like Skill Instructors Guild), people development and building industry linkages.

Besides, Pawan Aggarwal, Advisor (Higher Education), Planning Commission, there were other esteemed panelists like Tushar Pandey, President & Country Head of Strategic Initiatives, Yes Bank, Ryan Pinto, CEO – Ryan Group of Institutions and Aditya Berlia, Pro Chancellor & Co Founder, Apeejay Stya University.…

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