Guv calls for making Goa a major educational hub


Goa Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo Friday said that Goa should become a major educational hub of the country and to make this happen, the state government is making concerted efforts to elevate the standards of education. 
“Goa should become a major educational hub provided we take the right steps coupled with proper determination and rise above narrow political and parochial considerations… Goa can attract highly talented faculty that would be willing to help Goa emerge as a major educational hub,” he said addressing a day-long summit titled ‘Improving Quality of Higher Education to Drive Goa’s Economy’. 
Wanchoo opined that setting up of centres of excellence and research in niche areas besides also considering setting up an integrated educational complex to create skills to participate in the new media such as animation, graphics, cyber security and other advanced sectors was needed. Taking into consideration the interest of youth, the Governor said that Goa can march ahead in the field of textile, product design and even in films. 
Keshav Chandra, Education Secretary, Anil Kher, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry Goa Council and MD, Micro Interconnecxion Private Ltd, Srinivas Dempo, former Chairman CII WR and Chairman of Dempo Group were among others including Heads of Educational Institutions, and Trustees, principals and heads of departments of about 50 colleges in Goa were present for the summit.
Chandra suggested to introduce measures for promoting quality education by increasing the number of seats at the undergraduate level and at Goa University, introduction of new courses, establishing design schools in Goa, setting up of autonomous colleges, extending teaching assistance and formulating schemes for visiting professors in the state. Educational knowledge to promote self employment was also stressed upon. 
Other vital issues such as revising curriculum with benchmarking for improving the quality of education were also deliberated at length. 
“Best teaching practices include classroom teaching and off classroom peer-to-peer learning on campus…One of the most important criteria of good teaching institute is that classes never become boring and it encourages a student to explore more and more on their own,” were some of the points that were discussed.  [H]