Blended learning is the top agenda for education (FLAME University Purpose Summit)

Pune: In an endeavour to offer the young generation means to rise as leaders, FLAME University recently hosted the FLAME University Purpose Summit 2021 on January 23-24 with top leaders, where they offered valuable perspectives on agility, adaptability and change. Speakers focused on how having a definite ‘Purpose’ in life helped them shape their future and touch millions of lives.

Stressing the significance of online education on a roundtable, Bhushan PatwardhanVice-Chairman- University Grants Commission (UGC) said, “Offline education comes with some inherent advantages that online education cannot have. What online education has to bring in to make itself better is discipline and distraction-free environment. Quality content is not a problem. We will have blended learning in the future. Online education has a place and a purpose. While you can’t do an entire course in medicine online, you can definitely learn the theory of biochemistry online from the best faculty.”

 Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, UpGrad said, “Talking about online education ecosystem, there is a lot of human touch that comes in where technology helps and interaction can be far more personalised.”

Mohan Lakhamraju, Founder and CEO of Great Learning, added, “Online education has to be looked at in context. For early educators, online will be a disaster. For working professionals, online will be a boon. It is important to understand who the learner is and what is being learnt. In subjects where discussions are the only way to learn something, it is very difficult to do it online.”

In another panel discussion on the future of education, Dipak Chand Jain, President (European), Professor of Marketing, CEIBS said, “Education in a post-pandemic world will follow a blended mode of learning. This has been the common consensus for a while now. But this won’t just mean that the students will be attending some of their classes online. It will also open up the possibility of in-depth discussions in classrooms.”

Andrew Shennan, Provost and Dean, Wellesley College, said “We have been trying our best to give the students the closest possible experience to the campus experience. But I would be lying if I say I am not looking forward to the day when we can have on-campus classes.”

The future of education was chaired by Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University.

A panel on alternate careers at the FLAME Purpose Summit comprised of Faye D’Souza, an independent journalist and former Executive Editor of Mirror Now, Rahul Ram, Indian bass guitarist, social activist, music composer and a part of the band, Indian Ocean, and Olympic medal winner Gagan Narang who all shared experiences of their journeys and also provided valuable learnings on dealing with failure and moving on.

Rahul Ram said “Some youngsters want to become an instant hit. If you want to enjoy yourself, are passionate about music, then you should know that nothing worthwhile will come easy. I would say, now, young people have way more opportunities and they should make use of it. Give it time and if it doesn’t happen, move on.”

Gagan Narang added that one should find motivation in the little things in life. “Dedication and hard work determine one’s speed of getting to the top.”


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