The School of Electrical Engineering, KIIT Deemed to be University organized a Webinar on ‘National Education Policy (NEP)’ on the occasion of Teachers’ Day on 5th September 2020. Distinguished academicians participated in the discussion of this important subject. Eminent teachers, Prof. Sujit Biswas, Prof. Biswajit Ghosh from Jadavpur University; Prof. K. C. Singh, Prof. K. C. Patra from VSSUT, Burla; and Prof. A. K. Tripathy, CPRI, Bangalore were honoured on the occasion for their “significant contributions in the growth and development of students and institution”.
In his speech, Prof. Ghosh emphasized the role of teachers in our life. He highlighted some key points of National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 and advised the student community to learn fundamentals, build confidence, acquire skills and be ready as per the needs of the industry. Dr. Sudip Sen, Founder & CEO, of Uttaran ETC stated that new areas are emerging and students should realign themselves to the changing environment. Students have to re-skill themselves and grab the opportunity during these challenging times.
To make the students aware of the new education policy, many events like drawing, photography and essay competitions were organized by the School and its NSS wing. E-certificates were distributed by the dignitaries to the winners (Shuvra Mishra (1st), Samriddhi Shikha (2nd), Manali Mandal (3rd ) for drawing competition; Kaustubh Srivastava (1st), Somil Shaurya (2nd) and Ankit Karmakar (3rd ) for photography competition; and Ayush Singh (1st), Abhisekh Tripathy (2nd) and Pratyush Parida for essay competition.
Prof. Sujit Biswas appreciated KIIT as being one of the prominent institutions which has grown under the able guidance of Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. He said that teachers are not technical instructors rather they help in shaping the mind of the students. They help to overcome the stress of students and toughen them up for the future, he added. Teachers guide, inspire and motivate the students and vice versa, said Prof. K. C. Singh.
Prof. K. C. Patra explained the importance of teaching with an example like in design, analysis and study of a mathematical program, a teacher integrates and interprets the mathematical function thoroughly. Prof. A. K. Tripathy stated that teachers can either be excellent teachers or good teachers, because there is nothing called a bad teacher. He said that an ideal teacher should be available for the students and spend time with them. Classroom lecture cannot be replaced by any kind of digitalization and virtual teaching, he added.
Prof. Sudarshan Nanda, Research Chair, KIIT-DU thanked all the distinguished speakers on behalf of the KIIT family for their presence. He also thanked the Director, SoEE for the wonderful session. He also emphasized that the teachers bring out the best potential in a student and motivate them to scale higher in life and attain all success. He encouraged the students to have their own creativity and threw light on the life of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Earlier, Prof. Chinmoy Kumar Panigrahi, Director, SoEE extended a warm welcome to all the eminent teachers present and addressed the gathering about the roles and responsibilities of teachers. A musical tribute to teachers was given by Ayush Singh, Student Volunteer. Speech on “Teachers are our role model” was given by Dewal Agrawal and Sevanti, Student Volunteers. Prof. Sarat Chandra Swain, Associate Dean, said that the teacher is a friend, philosopher and guide. They are the architects of society and their contributions can never be ignored. Prof. Byomakesh Nayak, Program Head, M.Tech. talked about the ‘guru shishya parampara’ and how the teachers can be the changing agents in the world.
Gratitude was expressed to all the eminent academicians by Prof. Lipsa Subhadarshini, Asst. Professor, who proposed the vote of thanks. The event was attended by all faculty members, technical staff, B. Tech students, M.Tech. scholars and Research Scholars of the School.