National Conference on “Innovative Practices: Pathways to Quality Assurance and Sustenance in Higher Education”

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TopicInnovative Practices: Pathways to Quality Assurance and Sustenance in Higher Education
Date21st and 22nd April, 2016
VenueUniversity of Mumbai (Kalina Campus)
Jointly Organized by MES’s Pillais' College of Education and Research, Chembur, Internal Quality Assurance Cell
University of Mumbai, Department of Education

The NAAC Sponsored Conference on Innovative Practices: Pathways to Quality Assurance and Sustenance in Higher Education was held on 21st and 22nd April, 2016 at Marathi Bhasha Bhavan, University of Mumbai jointly organized by Department of Education, University of Mumbai and Pillais’ College of Education.

The inaugural session of the conference was presided by Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, Honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, who appreciated the efforts taken by the department of Education, University of Mumbai and Pillai College of Education and Research for collaborating an intellectual event. He congratulated them for opening avenues and setting an example for other institutions for future sharing of knowledge and resources. He welcomed the interdisciplinary nature of the conference which would provide an opportunity for the teachers and students of various disciplines.

The conference was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest, Dr. Uma Vaidya, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Kavi Kalidas Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Nagpur and the Guest of Honour, Dr. B. A. Chopade, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad for the inaugural session.

The panel discussions on the two days was an intellectual feast with eminent personalities from various disciplines sharing their ideas and practices for the benefit of the stakeholders which left all asking for more. The speakers for the panel discussion on the first day were Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Executive Chairman, Founder, 5F World, Pune, Dr. Pramila Kudwa, Principal, Pawar Public School, Mumbai, Dr. Agnes D’Costa, Associate Professor, Pushpanjali College of Education and Research, Mumbai. The session was moderated by Dr. Sybil Thomas, Principal, St. Xavier Institute of Education. Mumbai.

The panelists for the second day were Dr. Smita Desai, Founding Director, NGO – DRISHTI, Mumbai, Prof. (Dr.) Coomi Vevaina, Professor and Head, Department of English, University of Mumbai, Mr. Dilip Tikle, Founder and Consultant, Connect Dots Consultancy and Training, Mumbai. Dr. Hemlata Chari, Dy. Director (Academics), Institute of Distance Education, University of Mumbai moderated the panel discussion. The paper presentations from delegates all over India evoked healthy discussions and various new techniques and ideas were learnt during these sessions. The highlight of the conference was the ‘Sharing of Innovative Practices’ through a live demonstration session. The audience appreciated this novel concept and the participants who dared to share were awarded cash prizes. One best paper per strand was selected for the BEST PAPER AWARD. A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to the winners.

The astute valedictory address by the Chief Guest, Dr. Shirish Chindade, Member of the Peer Team, NAAC, on the future shock that awaits teachers and the preparation needed, left us spell bound. The Valedictory ceremony witnessed the felicitation of Dr. Swaroop Sampat Raval, member of the CABE, special educator and theatre personality for her outstanding contribution in the field of education in the various states. As she shared with the audience her journey from theatre to education, she focused on the avenues available for teachers to adopt various methodologies and stressed that learning through drama is an enjoyable experience for students.

The organizing committee would like to express its deepest sense of gratitude to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for placing the trust in our capabilities. A sincere heartfelt thanks for the sponsorship grant, which enabled us to conduct a conference of quality, which the institution further assures of sustaining it in all their institutional transactions.

Photo Gallery of the Conference