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Higher education must prepare students to respond to industry 4.0: Prabhu

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New Delhi | Tuesday, Oct 30 2018 IST
Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday urged the education fraternity to recognise the challenges of higher education and respond to the requirements of the fourth Industrial Revolution so that students of the future can live a life to face the world.

Mr Prabhu was speaking at the 14th edition of FICCI's Higher Education Summit 2018, a global conference and exhibition on the theme 'Universities of the Future', organised in collaboration with the Ministries of Human Resource Development and Commerce and Industry. "It is important not just to know how to learn, but more importantly how to unlearn. This will come about by keeping minds open and having an attitude towards continuous learning," he said. Mr Prabhu added that with the rapid changes in technology, obsolescence is the order of the day. While knowledge is becoming obsolete, it is wisdom that will prevail. Education will flourish where innovation is not stifled and respond in a way that helps society.

The Minister called for partnerships and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders as education cannot be designed only in the universities.

Mr Prabhu also released the FICCI-EY Approach Paper on 'University of the Future - Bringing Education 4.0 to Life'.

Higher Education Secretary R Subramanyam outlined the fundamental principles on which the universities of the future would rest - creation of critical thinking abilities among students, creativity,collaboration, communication and conceptualisation of the issues concerning education.

He said students of the future would need to develop critical thinking to conceptualise, analyse and find solutions to societal problems. Creativity, he said, was the key to thinking out of the box as the problems were becoming far too complex to be dealt with in the traditional ways. Collaboration between students and academia will create new knowledge and two-way communication and developing a conceptual understanding of a wide-range of issues would flow from academic liberty and the pursuance of liberal education, he added.

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