ICMIT 2015

Day -I 

International School of Informatics and Management, Technical Campus (IIIM) organised ICMIT 2015, the International Conference on “Technical and Higher Education in India: Emerging Landscapes” in collaboration with  FMS- the IIS University, Jaipur, University of Bolton, United Kingdom, Western International College, FZE United Arab Emirates and Indus International University, Himachal Pradesh. It was sponsored by BSNL. The conference provided a multidisciplinary forum for academicians, researchers and practitioners to present and discuss the recent research innovations, trends and concerns in the field of higher education in India. The conference received around 130 research papers under various themes and sub themes of the technical sessions covering wide range of topics under the theme from various parts of the country including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and also interactions with experts from UAE and UK. Saraswati Vandana and Deep Prajwalan gave an auspicious start to the Conference.

Dr Manju Nair, Principal, IIIM welcomed all the Guests and gave introduction about the conference. Dr. Nair informed that this conference is an effort to present the recent updates on aspects of Higher and Technical education in the Indian context and to promote interaction among professionals, academicians, and researchers from various backgrounds.

The inaugural ceremony was graced by Mr. Sunny Sebastian, Vice-Chancellor, Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication. Mr. Sebastian said that in last 25 years there has been a tremendous increase in number of universities and enrolments and we are now facing excess in the market- there are no takers because the employability is really low. Mr Sebastian said that the emerging higher education landscape is expected to be based on the up-and-coming technologies such as the cloud, social networks, mobile computing, and big data, to create digital learning ecosystems that serve entrepreneurial learners, allowing them to design their own educational path based on the goals they want to achieve. With these changing paradigms, a regular relook at the higher and technical education sphere becomes necessary, he communicated.

The Book of Abstracts, a compilation of selected abstracts contributed by the participants of the conference was released by the Chief Guest in the inaugural session.

The Session concluded with the vote of thanks extended by Dr. Raakhi Gupta, Registrar, The IIS University. Dr. Gupta thanked the delegates and participants for an encouraging response.

Technical Session One titled “Configuring Higher and Technical education: Curriculum Design, Delivery, Evaluation and Assessment” was chaired by Dr. Karminderjit Singh, Professor, Department of Management Studies, Thapar University, Patiala and Dr. Ampu Harikrishnan, Registrar and Dean, School of Business Management, Indus International University, Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Nripendra P. Rana, from Department of Operations Management & Entrepreneurship, School of Management, Swansea University, U.K shared his valuable thoughts about Digital India Initiative, an endeavour by Govt. of India, via Skype. During the session, papers on topics like, “Determinants of Quality In Business Education In Indian Context: Students Vis-Vis Teachers’ Perspective”, “Hospitality Education & Mgmt Competencies- A Study On Employability Skills- Case Study Of Higher Education Institution”, “Integration Of Competency Based Management To Educational Environment: Identifying And Developing Repertoire Of Competencies For Teachers And Educators In Higher Education”, “Need Of Developing An Effective Training For Nurturing Entrepreneurship Education In The Management Schools”, “Appeal of Corporate Social Responsibility In Brand Image: An Assurance For Economic Growth” etc. were presented.

The session was followed by a Panel Discussion on the theme “Emerging trends and challenges in Higher & Technical Education in India”. The eminent panellists were Prof. N. D. Mathur, Chairperson, Department of Economic Administration and Financial Management, University of Rajasthan; Prof. Anil Mehta, Department of Business Administration, University of Rajasthan; Professor G. S. Dangayach, Head, Department of Management Studies, MNIT; Dr. Karminderjit Singh, Professor, Department of Management Studies, Thapar University, Patiala; Dr. Sanjay Kavishwar, Dean Academics, Tirpude Institute of Management Education, Nagpur. The esteemed panel focused on the practical challenges encountered like obsolete syllabi, Demand-Supply Mismatch, lack of effective of faculties etc. and emphasised on the need for value based and qualitative education system. The idea of EduNation and the summarization of five challenges of higher education largely attracted the participants’ attention.   


Day -II 

Day 2 commenced with the Technical Session II titled “Education Leadership, Vision, Quality, Assurance and Research” chaired by Dr. S. P. Garg, Professor, Department of Management Studies, SKIT, Jaipur and Dr. M.C. Sharma, Professor, Department of Accountancy and Business Statistics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Professor Kelvin John, Academic Coordinator, School of Engineering and Computing, University of Bolton, United Kingdom addressed the august gathering and shared his enriching thoughts through  electronic interaction. He said that Quality education is a prerequisite to gain access to knowledge which guarantees economic development and to achieve world class standards, quality assessment and continuous improvement are the necessary ingredients. This includes the accreditation of academic programmes and quality assessment of the university / institution.

Prof. John highlighted that, it is an instrument designed to add value to higher education by encouraging high quality. An efficient and effective high quality higher education system which is internationally recognized and a well established national Quality Culture are vital for economic growth in developing countries like India. A sustainable quality assurance programme enhances employment opportunities, improves education and training of future employees, harnesses future leaders, facilitates an enabling learning environment, and enriches the academic and intellectual landscape.

Papers on “Current Scenario of Management Education in India in Context of 21st  Century”, “Government Policy Planning and Management in Education, User-Centric Methodology for Development of Digital Campus Information Portal System”, “Myth of Appropriate Learning- Nature Versus Nurture Debate – A Socio-psycho Analysis”, “A Study on the Effect of Organizational Culture On Performance Mgmt And Competency Development In A Private University In HP”, “Developing & Empowering Workforce Issues in Quality of Work Life- A Study Among Faculty Members Using Multivariate Analysis In A State Private University of HP”, “Faculty Perception Towards Training And Development in Public And Private Universities” etc. were presented in technical session II.

It was followed by  Technical Session III on the theme “Emerging trends in Technical Education & Research” chaired by Dr. Tanjul Saxena, Associate Professor, Department of Management Studies, IIHMR, Jaipur and Dr. Ashok Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. During the session papers on topics like “Role of ICT in Transforming Processes Of Teaching and Learning In Higher Education In India- A Case Study Of Undergraduate And Post Graduate Students Of The IIS University”, “Role Of Online Journalism In Creating Awareness and Informed Citizenry: A Case Study of Jaipur”, “Review Of Integrated Automated Software Testing For Multiplatform Mobile Application.”, “Service Quality in Indian Commercial banks: difference in perception of Customers and Managers”, “Testing And Simulating The Response of Spring Elasticity Limit With Varying User Defined Parameters Using Matlab” were presented.

The Chief Guest of the Valediction Ceremony was Shri T. N. Chaturvedi, India’s most distinguished strategist and policy maker, Former Governor of Karnataka and Kerala. Sir said that in the context of education, 'quality' has been placed high on the agenda of educational leaders, policy makers, and practitioners, and is in line with consumers' ever increasing demand for quality education. In many countries, stakeholders have been placing high expectations on their educational systems, compelling institutions to produce higher quality products, services, processes, and by extension, students and graduates. Governments have also been seeking increased levels of accountability from their publicly funded educational institutions. Faced with the globalization of the world economy, coupled with associated challenges of producing high-calibre human resources needed to effectively participate in the global economy, national stakeholders have voiced serious concerns about the 'quality' of their educational provisions to ensure their competitiveness. Shri. Chaturvedi said that it is clearly imperative that educational institutions continuously improve the quality of their educational provision.

Thereafter, the winners were felicitated with the “Best Paper Award” for each technical session. The winner for Technical Session 1 was Ms. Aakanchha Prakash and Mr. Gaurav Bathla who presented paper on “Hospitality Education & Mgmt Competencies- a Study on Employability Skills- Case Study of Higher Education Institution”. Best paper in Technical Session II was grabbed by Ms. Priyanka Jain, for her paper on “Quality Education: Exploring and the Interrelationship between the Dimensions from Stakeholder’s Perspectives”. Ms. Smiti Padhi was awarded for best paper presentation in technical session 3 for her paper on “Role of ICT in Transforming Processes of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in India- A Case Study of Undergraduate and Post Graduate Students of The IIS University”.

Dr. Swati V. Chande, Dean Computer Science, IIIM shared a brief report on the two day international conference with delegates and participants, and Dr. Manju Nair Principal IIIM, thanked the Guests, delegates and participants, and the reviewers, advisory committee, sponsors, and co-organizers  for their support for the success of the conference.

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