JU-SET invited Dr. S K Verma, Former Vice-Chancellor of Sarguja University, Chhattisgarh to deliver a talk on 'Higher Education and its Impact on Society' on 10 January 2018.
During the session, Dr. Verma addressing the faculty and students covered topics such as value-based education giving importance to Indian ethos and culture. Followed by stating what is required to be a good researcher. Dr. Verma reiterated that research is a way-of-life and an individual researcher needs to have patience, perseverance, and confidence in his ability. The results of research are not immediate and need a longer time, he added.
Dr. Verma talking about education system said that it should be given in such a way that the students should be able to meet their aspirations, be it in seeking a job or pursuing higher education. He also emphasized the role of teachers in a university set-up as administrators where they need to ensure the interest of all stakeholders is taken care.
Post the presentation, the floor was opened for Q&A and some of the questions that came from the participants were (1) Higher education is at cross-roads what is the role of teacher (2) What should I (as a teacher) do when my students are disinterested (3) People are talking about our curriculum being outdated and we don't give industry-based skill.
Dr. Verma answered all these questions very eloquently covering the following points.