UNIVERSITIES OF INDIA 2012  
 
Welcome to Universities of India 2012, who believe that Information Technology plays a crucial role in making University processes efficient, transparent and reliable.
 
 

Universities of India 2012 is the fourth edition of the event scheduled during 2nd to 4th Feb 2012 and theme for UOI 2012 is "Technology for higher education". Senior academicians, policy makers and corporate leaders would join together to discuss various issues that need the immediate attention and declare in one voice the need to adopt technology in the higher education sector. Universities of India is the culmination of more than three years of dedicated effort of compiling and profiling universities in India and trying to connect them to the industry for meaningful partnerships. This conclave shall help foster closer relationships between administrators of universities and Human Resource heads from the private sector as well as to network and deliberate important issues related to education between academia and corporate.

 

This conclave is an opportunity for the academicians and Industry Representatives to be an audience to the crème de la crème of the Knowledge Industry and learn about the changing face of the industry as well as gather significant insight about the opportunities and scope the industry offers. This conclave also show-cases the knowledge base of Indian universities to the world and more specifically to the corporate and industry partners.

 
 
We are sure that this initiative will enable Indian universities to scale up their presence globally and position them as knowledge power house in the emerging knowledge based eco system. We are extremely pleased to share and extend our warm greetings to the intellectuals and visionaries who are the academic administrators participating in the event. This will help us in establishing knowledge society and enable the creation of India as a Knowledge hub of 21st Century .
 
 
Following are the key take aways from Universities of India to academicians and the industry:
  1. A unique networking platform to the industry and academia
  2. Enabler to deliberate on the benefits of adopting latest technology in the universities to bring efficiency in the management of complex processes in education industry
  3. Understand business models in the new knowledge economy and the burning need to upgrade their curricula as per the latest skill and knowledge requirements in the industry
  4. Provides opportunity to discuss best practices to transform universities as knowledge repositories suitable to sustain future economic growth.
 
 

UOI 2012: Theme & Sessions

 
 
21st Century is India’s Century. In knowledge based society, one in five respondents report that their domestic academic institutions are quicker than companies to develop and implement new technologies; roughly 66% say the reverse is true. “Today’s students are used to getting what they need instantly. Universities have to respond to remain competitive, but those innovations often cost in crores. How to fund those investments appropriately is on the top of everyone’s mind.” Although University participants view technology as having a largely positive impact on their campuses, they acknowledge several challenges. The biggest of these may well be cost, a factor that close to 70% of university respondents cite as their greatest concern. Entrenched organizational cultures may be another hurdle, as academic faculty members accustomed to traditional modes of instruction may be disinclined to change. In fact, more than one-third says that tenure and promotional requirements will need to be re-weighted to include technology-based teaching criteria.

With growth in enrollments across higher education at about 2-3% annually and growth in successful online programs ranging anywhere from 10-30% per year, successfully growing enrollments and faculty resources by a factor of ten in four years seems difficult to imagine. Bucking the trend toward more corporate-oriented management models in higher education, Universities are in need to achieve scale focused on implementing greater involvement of the faculty to define and ensure quality. This is a fascinating case study in leadership, growth, and transformation that goes to the heart of understanding how the values of higher education can enhance growth, rather than restrict it.

 
  Theme: Technology for Higher Education  
 
Technology for Higher Education will have a significant ripple effect on higher education. Over the next decade, advanced technologies will put education within the reach of many more individuals around the world, and will allow greater specialization in curriculum and teaching methodologies than ever before. With these benefits comes the challenge of ensuring that university infrastructure and operations are in place to support the adoption of technology on campus. As ever, administrators will need to weigh carefully how budget funds are spent, decide what emerging technologies show the most promise, and determine how best to support these technological advances while avoiding the ever-present risk of obsolescence.
 
 
But perhaps the most critical question facing the academic world is something far more fundamental: namely, what it will mean to be an educated person in the 21st century. As our study indicates, these sweeping technological changes will effectively change the skill-sets of the future workforce, as well as its approach to work in general. As a result, societies around the world will need to consider how to make the most of these new opportunities and thus ensure that they remain competitive in the global marketplace.
 
 
 

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