Who is Pramath Sinha?
Sinha is among the most successful education entrepreneurs in the country. He has set up Ashoka University, ISB and Harappa as an edtech. He has a bird's eye view of the churn and change that is happening in Indian higher education space due to technology and policy shifts. He is currently the chairman of Ashoka University. He has been involved with setting up more universities than possibly any other individual in the country till now.
What is Sinha talking about?
Indian universities are currently facing the most challenging time due to NEP and technology. "Online digital learning is as fundamental and as profound as the use of textbooks, from 700 years ago, when the printing press was invented and how that spread education around the world", he said.
How has higher education changed?
"Today, students are thinking beyond degrees, they have started thinking about lifelong learning , about life skills that are needed for them to do their jobs and that is changing continuously," according to Sinha.
What is the biggest challenge for Indian universities?
Finding academic talent that can teach. Finding academics that are open to multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research work and teaching. The silos are working against academics and it is not working in the interests of students.