Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A “International Conference on Educational Leadership” began at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) here on Monday.

The outcome of the conference will be compiled as a policy document and will be submitted to the Union Government.

Minister of Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda inaugurated the conference and suggested the need to review strategies according to the times and trends.

He also spoke about the need to align with contemporary needs of society and update policies based on practical experience. “The education sector is vital for development and a holistic approach is necessary at all levels,” added Mr. Ramachandra Gowda.

H. Sudarshan, chairperson of Karuna Trust and Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK), in his keynote address on “Education for Social Development”, drew on his own experience in working at the grassroots level with the Soliga community.

He emphasised on equity issues, sustainable development and the need for good governance in educational leadership. He also brought to the fore important issues with reference to adapting policies to local language, culture and environment to achieve desired goals.

Director of IIMB Pankaj Chandra said, “It is important to get the focus back to key issues such as real learning and diversity, rather than persist with the current trends that prioritise certification and standardisation to develop the new generation of educators and the educated.”

Paul Goodman, Carnegie Mellon University, and co-author Gerard Beenen from Tepper School of Business, Pittsburgh; Kamal K. Jain from Indian Institute of Management, Indore, and co-author Mohar Yusof from Tun Razak University, Malaysia, are expected to present their papers at the conference.