Date: 29th and 30th November, 2022
Day: Tuesday and Wednesday
Theme: Experiential Learning – Holistic approach in Education
Chief Guests / Speakers:
- Dr. Daphne Pillai, Secretary Management Board – Mahatma Education Society
- Dr. Matthew Witenstein PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Educational Administration, School of Education, University of Dayton
- Dr. Shyamala C. G Assistant Professor & Research Guide, Calicut University
- Dr. Wondifraw Dejene, Assistant Professor at Dire Dawa University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
- Dr. Sunita Magre Professor and Head in Education at Department of Education, University of Mumbai
Professors In charge: Dr. Jaya Cherian, Mr. Rajendra Deshmukh, Ms. Surekha C.
The two day International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Experiential Learning – Holistic approach in Education was held online on the 29th and 30th November, 2022. It was organzied in association with the Department of Education,The Gandhigram Rural Institute Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, MES’s Pillai College of Education Chembur, Mumbai and ISS College of Teacher Education Perinthalmanna, Kerala. Dr. A. Jahitha Begum Professor and Head, Dept. of Education Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Reni Francis Principal, PCER, Chembur and Prof. Samad Mankada Principal, ISSCTE, Perinthalmanna were the conference directors. The organizing secretaries were Dr. Naseerali M.K. – Asst. Prof., ISS CTE, Dr. P.S. Sreedevi – Asst. Prof., DoE, GRI and Dr. Jaya Cherian – Asst. Prof., MES’s PCER. The sub themes for the conference included the following:
- Experiential Learning Aims in Transforming Theory into Practice.
- Experiential Learning towards Competency Development.
- Enhancing Pedagogical Skills through Experiential Learning.
- Outcome Based Education. Enhancing Critical Thinking through Experiential Learning.
- Envisioning Education towards NEP 2020.
- Strengthening Indian Ethos in Education
The objective of this conference was to enhance participants’ understanding of experiential learning as a holistic approach to education. The event was well attended by research scholars from Nashik, Mumbai, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu Ethiopia and the United States.
Day 1 of the conference began with the inaugural session with the lighting of the lamp followed by the welcome address by Dr. Reni Francis, Principal of MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur. This was followed by Dr. Jahitha Begum, Principal and Head of the department, Department of Education, Gandhigram Rural Institute introducing the conference.
The keynote address was given by Dr. Matthew Witenstein PhD an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Dayton, USA.
Day 1 was chaired by Dr. N. Devaki, Asst Professor, DoE, Gandhigram and Dr. P.S. Sreedevi- Asst. Prof., DoE, GRI. There were 8 papers in the first session and 9 papers in the second session. Dr. N. Devaki and Dr. P.S. Sreedevi concluded day 1 with their feedback and closing remarks. Ms. Philomena M.J. research scholar from DOE GRI concluded the session with the vote of thanks.
Day 2 began with an address by the chief guest for the day, Dr. Sunita Magre Professor and Head in Education at Department of Education, University of Mumbai, India. This was followed by the address by the international resource person of the day, Dr. Wondifraw Dejene, Assistant Professor at Dire Dawa University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. There were 10 paper presentations in the first session of the day and 11 in the second session. Dr. P. Ponnusamy – Asst. Prof., DoE, GRI and Dr. R. Bagdha Vachala Perumal – Asst. Prof., DOE, GRI were the chairpersons for the first and second session respectively. They provided detailed feedback followed by the valedictory address given by Dr. R. Bagdha Vachala Perumal – Asst. Prof., DOE, GRI.
Dr. Reni Francis then opened the floor for the participants to provide verbal feedback on the conference. A few participants came forward to share their gratitude for the platform and the learnings they gained through the conference.
The conference concluded with the Vote of Thanks by research scholar, Ms. Nandini from Department of Education Gandhigram Rural Institute, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.
Conclusion: The two day International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Experiential Learning – Holistic approach in Education was a resounding success with several research scholars presenting valuable insights from their work both nationally and internationally. The joint collaboration of the Department of Education,The Gandhigram Rural Institute Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, MES’s Pillai College of Education Chembur, Mumbai and ISS College of Teacher Education Perinthalmanna, Kerala proved to be a productive one.
Note: Selected papers will be published in Conflux Journal of Education PISSN 2320-9305 EISSN 2347-5706.