The two-day international summit on the "Dialogue for Development" of social entrepreneurship, organized by the Deshpande Foundation, opened on Saturday with speakers highlighting the need to integrate blended learning with campuses. institutions responsible for formal education.
Participation in the "Reimagining Skilling" Discussion Group, Managing Director and CEO of IL & FS Education & Tech Services, R.C.M. Reddy and the vice-chancellor of the KLE Technological University, Ashok Shettar, explained why it was important to integrate skills in formal education.
Mr. Reddy said that the concept of pedagogical skills for dropouts should be removed and replaced by the "skills for all" and "life skills" approach, and that the integration of skills into the classroom should be eliminated. formal education was crucial.
Professor Shettar said, "We should not try to achieve systemic change, but we can try to integrate social entrepreneurship experiences on campus. If we can create five of these models, it will be a great way to start. "
He said the success of such models would automatically attract others and pave the way for scaling up.
IMerit Technologies founder and CEO Radha Basu and Year Up founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian presented their work experiences in unconventional areas. They stated that the initial strategy was to channel the skills of the target groups appropriately so that the results encourage others to work together.
At a session coordinated by Sushil Vachani, former director of IIM in Bengaluru, speakers responded to questions from participants.
Professor Shettar felt that it was crucial to choose and align with the right institution. "You will not take off if you start fighting bureaucracy at the very beginning," he said.
Mr Reddy also said that the restructuring of formal education in India was also necessary.
Earlier, during the inaugural session, the founder of the Deshpande Foundation, Gururaj Deshpande, and its general director, Vivek Pawar, presented the different initiatives of the foundation.