IIM K, Malabar Gold jointly organises 'Gurukul for Gurus' in UAE

 | October 04,2012 03:05 pm IST

With a vision to fundamentally transform the Indian education sector in the UAE, the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), is all set to organize a workshop, Gurukul for Gurus, for school teachers, principals and educationists in Dubai. The workshop will be held from 18 to 20 December 2012 at Dubai.

Announcing this in a press conference Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK said that the objectives of the programme is to familiarize educational leaders with the world's best practices and enduring values in creating centers of excellence; understanding self to enhance effectiveness; broadening the horizon of perception and nurturing effective learning in the classrooms. This workshop is a demonstration of the fact that the destiny of our country is being shaped in our classrooms, added Prof Chatterjee, who has designed and taught this workshop around the world. The workshop is sponsored by Malabar Gold & Diamonds to fulfill their share of what Prof. Chatterjee describes as Corporate Educational Responsibility. Our workshop is a commitment to reinventing teaching and learning excellence by encouraging schools to move away from the old-fashioned approach of teaching to a text toward learning in context. You can teach a child what is far only when he learns what is near. Technology is fast changing the way the younger generation receives information and teachers today have to adapt to their new learning environment. Teachers need to be oriented towards the realization that India is emerging as a global power, and the future generation and leaders are under their stewardship in the classrooms of today.

Sharing his thoughts on the significance of school education and teachers, Mr. Shamlal Ahammed M P Managing Director-International Operations, Malabar Gold & Diamonds said, We believe quality education at the school level is important to build a base for secondary education and developing the human resources. We feel honored with this association of a journey to support academic excellence in schools that follow Indian curriculum by partnering with IIMK.

The programme of GURUKUL presented by Prof. Chatterjee is planned to give a new dimension to the process of teaching and learning. The very name Gurukul rings a bell in every Indian as an endearing and warm word representing the emotive bond between the teacher and the ttudent. The programme will be an attempt to revive the fading bond between the teaching and student communities, added Mr. Shamlal Ahammad MP.

According to Mr. K P Abdulsalam Executive Director, Malabar Group, this is a continuation of the workshops that was successfully executed by Prof. Debashis Chatterjee in India. IIMK organized a four-day workshop during the month of May in India. During the workshop many interesting facts and issues emerged. It was noticed that the Central Education Boards are obsessed with imitating and buying education methods and technologies from countries as far as Australia without paying enough attention to the wealth of knowledge that already exists in the works of Indian gurus such as Tagore, Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda. This needs to be addressed on a priority basis. Moreover there is an urgent need to find out how technology needs to be integrated with learning and teaching along with 'chalk and talk' method. These issues and much more will be covered by Prof. Debashis Chatterjee in the seminar that will be exclusive for teachers from schools that follow the Indian education stream, said Mr. Abdulsalam. The process of short listing the participants have already started and we are looking forward to the workshop, he added.