V. Ravishankar

Infosys BPO (INDIA)
Thanks to globalization, industries in emerging economies demand more employable workers. The traditional education system has to be modified to meet this changing need. The author uses examples from a diverse spectrum to illustrates 4 emerging trends, which could shape an education system that could be very different from the way it is prevalent now. He challenges the current reality and makes an arguement for a shift in the thinking and organization of the educational system.

The author starts with the traditional evolution of today's educational system after the industrial revolution and how the pace of changes since the 90's is putting pressure on this paradigm.

The author also talks about the need for increasing participation from the corporate in the new scheme of things. The author searches for clues on the current use of the Internet and media to influence social changes and sees how they can be used in the education system. He also talks of examples from non-traditional knowledge transfer methods to emphasize the need to look at newer models that can be evolved for a new corporate - industry framework for education.

The presentation is designed to raise important questions around scale, speed, quality and the economics of education. The thought provoking paper is designed to draw the attention of academicians, educationists, governments and industry captains to engage in healthy conversations to make sweeping changes to the education system to make it future ready. The paper also paints a picture of how the new era may look like, when these changes have had their effect.