India’s eminent academicians Prof. T.V. Kattimani and Prof. Sushma Yadav encouraged CUPB’s faculty to train students to become global intellectual citizens

We need to focus on multidisciplinary research to find meaningful solutions to societal problems: Prof. T.V. Kattimani

India’s eminent academicians Prof. T.V. Kattimani and Prof. Sushma Yadav encouraged CUPB’s faculty to train students to become global intellectual citizens

Bathinda, August 20, 2022: Under the patronage of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) organized a special lecture series by the distinguished academicians of India. The keynote speakers of this programme were Prof. T.V. Kattimani, Vice-Chancellor, Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh and Member of the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP2020) Draft Committee and Prof. Sushma Yadav, Member of the UGC and Former Vice-Chancellor, Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat.

While interacting with CUPB faculty, Prof. T.V. Kattimani stressed that the onus of NEP-2020 implementation lies in the dedicated efforts of teachers to develop scientific temperament and professional skills among students through the adoption of experiential learning teaching methodology, education in native language, industry-linked imaginative and flexible curriculum and providing an interactive environment that would help them to become global intellectual citizens. He encouraged teachers to acquire knowledge from different disciplines, identify neighborhood strengths and focus on conducting interdisciplinary research to find meaningful solutions to societal problems. He stated that the Indian knowledge system has guided us to act as continuous learners, but in the 21st century era, where the emergence of new technologies is redefining the existing concepts of life, we need to adopt an always learning approach along with a learn, unlearn and relearn approach for the generation of innovative ideas.

In her keynote address, Prof. Sushma Yadav stated that the basic purpose of education is to develop a learner’s ability for learn new concepts and acquire necessary soft skills to turn them into a responsible citizen who could contribute to the nation’s development with the adoption of sustainable life practices. She further highlighted that Indian knowledge system teaches us to live life on the principles of spirituality, simplicity, pursuit of truth, dignity of labour, universal tolerance and acceptance. She pointed out that it is the duty of teachers to inspire young minds to imbibe our ancient values and ethics for living a happy and peaceful life. She emphasized that the adoption of holistic and multidisciplinary education, as envisioned in ENP-2020, is critically needed to be implemented in India's education system because it would develop all-round individuals with critical 21st century capacities, allowing us to lead in the fourth industrial revolution.

On this occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, along with Prof. B.P. Garg, CoE and Registrar (O), Prof. R.K. Wusirika, Dean Incharge Academics, Prof. Vinod Kumar Garg, Dean Student Welfare, Prof. Anjan Munshi, Director, Research and Development and Prof. Monisha Dhiman, Director, IQAC, felicitated the keynote speakers.

In his presidential address, Prof. Tiwari expressed his gratitude towards distinguished speakers. He assured that the faculty of Central University of Punjab is committed to transforming young minds to serve humanity through skills and innovation-driven teaching and research; values and community outreach.

The programme was attended by the Dean of School, HoDs and faculty from different departments of the university.