Yours truly was invited as one of the guest speaker during the two days International Symposium on Contemporary Trends in Education, held in the picturesque KEI campus, of Barasat, West Bengal, India. The knowledge sharing extravaganza took place on the 19th and 20th of July 2016, and was a collaborative effort in between, Kingston Institute and Department of Education, West Bengal State University, Barsat, West Bengal, India. The event had a galaxy of professionals from USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and India. Prominent among those were, Prof. (Dr.) Ratna Ghosh, James McGill Professor and W.C. Macdonald Professor of Education, McGill University, Canada, Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Kumar Sinha, Former, VC, Visva-Bharati, India, Dr. Shakuntala Das, Stony Brook University, New York, USA, Dr. Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, USA, Srimat Swami Tattwasaranandaji Maharaj, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Sikshamandira, Belurmath, West Bengal, India, Prof. Dulal Mukhopadhyay, Netaji Subash Open University, West Bengal, India, Prof. (Dr.) Sanat Kumar Ghosh, Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal, India, Prof. (Dr.) Debjani Sengupta, Retired Professor, Department of Education, University of Calcutta, India.
The delegates included students, research scholars, faculties and academic administrators of various institutions from India and notably from the state of West Bengal. The two day deliberations hovered around different aspects of education, right from the present state of affairs, technology and its role in education, inclusive education, various trends in education evolving in India and elsewhere. A day long discussion was also held on Educational Planning and Administration. The confluence of minds, both from India and overseas, diversity in terms of new age and old age professionals, from the education and the higher education sector of various domains, enabled the august audience to derive maximum mileage in terms of knowledge quotient and other allied takeaways, as there was a focused unity among diversity. Furthermore, the warm hospitality by the host, KEI, and the humane yet professional approach of the organizing committee culminated in providing a truly holistic experiences to one and all. The event was marketed aggressively all across West Bengal, and Tripura through the leading Bengali Vernaculars, in addition to the Social Media campaign across platforms. The registration fees was too meager for the students, research scholars, technical staff and faculties, especially when looks into the amount charged by other institutions, vis-a-vis the services offered by them.The main reason for that is that the prime organizer, KEI, and WBSU always believed in providing an enriching academic experience at negligible cost/price to all the stakeholders, be it at the primary, secondary or the tertiary level of education. Value for Money and Under Promise and Over Deliver had always been the fulcrum of KEI. The spirit, dynamism and cooperation of the top management of KEI should indeed get the necessary accolades for organizing such a wonderful event and last but not the least, one should also thank the event planners and organizers who were responsible for making the event a grand success.
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