Thought Leadership ft. Rajashree Kakade

We are really excited to showcase today’s post as it concerns Education. Our Thought Leader for the day is Mrs. Rajashree Kakade.

Mrs. Rajashree Kakade

Mrs. Rajashree Kakade is a Director at Shantiniketan School in Kolhapur. She is of the belief that true education consists of the all-round development of a child’s personality and character in terms of body, mind and spirit. The success of Shantiniketan has given her power to dream of developing every child globally, who will be a winner in this competitive age. She places a high value on theory of ‘ Pursuit of Excellence’ & the school culture focuses on values, achievement & teamwork.

Here are the excerpts.

1. What are the top 3 things you see changing in the education sector in 2020?

  • There is no doubt that technology will have a huge impact on how education will be delivered and received. There will be a paradigm shift in a way students in India will learn henceforth.
  • Teachers will have to scale up their skills and move away from the traditional chalk and duster method of teaching to digital platforms.
  • All stakeholders, especially parents, will have to accept the changed learning scenario and adapt quickly to the new normal.

2. What additional measures safety and hygiene measures would Educational Institutions be taking in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19

We will have to take into account physical distancing needs and change classroom layouts wherever possible as and when schools reopen. We plan to undertake regular fumigation, sanitising of our school premises, and teach our students and staff the need for personal hygiene and cleanliness, at all times and building up immunity through exercise and healthy nutrition. Wearing masks may also be expedient while in school and while travelling by school buses.

3. Which industries in India do you see making the journey back to normalcy fast post the lockdown.

Agriculture, technology, medical industries will be the first to gear up. Hopefully, the rest of the industries will soon follow so as to avert a financial crisis and large-scale unemployment. We, in India, need to get back on our feet and become self-reliant in our industrial processes and each of us should promote ‘swadeshi’ as against ‘videshi’ consumerism and travel. We have immense and abundant resources and we need to use these prudently and effectively. With the second-largest population in the world there can be no dearth of talent or manpower and if we harness our energies collectively we can leverage this opportunity to offer our products competitively in the global market and become strong economically.

4. What are the Top-3 learnings for you through this lockdown period. What and how will you inculcate these at work, once back in action?

  • What my take away is that the virus is a great leveller. It knows no national boundaries, nor religion, colour, caste, economic or social status. It has brought the world to its knees in a matter of weeks. This has been singularly humbling.
  • We have been misusing and abusing the environment for so long that it is now payback time for humans. We need to sit up and proactively correct our wrongdoings. Furthermore, create awareness amongst the school community.
  • Human memory is notoriously short but the lessons that the virus has taught us should remain with us for a long time. It has forced us to take a reality check and we will all have to reset our lives and rejig our value systems at the earliest.

5. Finally both in terms of Education and its applications how do you see Robotics in the long term?

Machines /technology are a vital part of our lives. Machine learning is a huge part of education and will keep improving with time, the sooner we learn to incorporate them in our institutions the better our education will be. We need the cutting-edge technology that Robotics provides us. Robots will be working in close collaborations with humans in the near future and India needs to be in the creative mind space to make valuable contributions in the fields of Robotics.

Teaching Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in school will propel our students into a fast trajectory to innovate and stay ahead in the learning curve.

Thank you Mrs. Kakade for sharing your thoughts. We are sure people across sectors will closely follow these trends.

You can see all the posts from our Thought Leadership Series here.

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