Scripting Higher Education: Principal’s Conclave to be held in Bengaluru to bridge the gap between secondary and higher education

Bangalore: Atria University, Bangalore, is hosting India’s first Principal’s Conclave on creating a student-centric learning design. The conclave is a collaborative platform for secondary and higher learning leaders to develop a cooperative and committed pedagogy; one that strengthens the higher education learning experience. The event will be hosted on December 21st, 2019, at the Radisson Blu Atria, Palace Road, Bangalore. Over 50 principals from across the country will be attending the Conclave.

Research reveals a wide gap between secondary and higher education in the current educational landscape. Schools have been attempting to enhance student experience through different teaching methodologies and innovative new pedagogies for curriculum delivery. The Principal’s Conclave is designed keeping in mind the need to build a bridge between secondary and higher education so as to close the growing chasm between what students learn and experience throughout their secondary education, and what they need to be prepared to face when they enter university.

Atria University aims to initiate and facilitate this process through a day-long conclave that engages leaders in education in insightful discussions and deliberations on designing a student-centered learning experience. Through the conclave, the industry hopes to author a new learning design that eases a student’s transition from secondary school learning to the higher education framework.The proposed suggestions on a new learning design would be produced as a working publication. This would be a compilation of the day’s recommendations from delegates with respect to transitional elements of higher education and a design outline for an innovative curriculum that reflects our ever-evolving global world.

Speaking about the Conclave, Mr. Sunder Raju, Founder and Trustee, Atria University said “The Principal’s Conclave is a return to the first principles of education. Understand, educate. If we don’t take stock now of a changed world, we will be bound to make the same mistakes over and over again. This conclave is the first step in the right direction.”

“We hope to gather insights that will enable us to be student-centric in our design and to prepare ourselves better to meet the expectations of the students and reduce the challenges that they face in college because of their psychological, socio-economic, and academic circumstances.”

“At Atria University, we believe that the key to transcending these transition-related challenges is a cooperative and committed pedagogy developed by secondary school and higher learning leaders collaboratively. There is no doubt that school teachers, mentors, and principals spend significantly more time with students as compared to university professors. This makes it imperative that in the pursuit of developing a positive and successful higher education learning experience, leaders and stakeholders from schools take on an important advisory role.” He added.

The tone of the conclave will be set by the keynote address on “Transforming Education” by Dr. Babi Mitra (Executive Director, New Engineering Education Transformation program at MIT, USA). Academicians from across the globe will also join the conclave to help make it truly meaningful. Some of these members are: Dr. Alana Sobelman (Lecturer of Comparative Literature and Psychoanalysis at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, Israel), Dr. Arjendu Pattanayak (Former Associate Dean of Carleton College, USA), Dr. Nagaraj K. Arakere (Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, USA, and Dr. Sriram ‘Sri’ Kalyanaraman (Director, Media Effects and Tech Lab, University of Florida, USA).

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