CHENNAI: IIT-Madras is set to host the first-ever G20 seminar and exhibition on Tuesday (January 31). Also, Chennai will be hosting the first G20 Education Working Group meeting on February 1 and 2.
“This is for the first time that India is providing a unique platform to all the G20 member and guest countries to showcase their innovative inputs and their achievements with respect to using digital technology in education,” said Neeta Prasad, joint secretary, Union ministry of education.
“IIT Madras has been selected to showcase to the world that we have a very strong research and innovation ecosystem,” she added.
The ministry is tying up with top institutes in four cities – Chennai, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar and Pune – for these meetings. These meetings will discuss four priority areas: foundational literacy and numeracy, tech-enabled learning, future of work and research collaboration.
“The G20 countries are coming together for the first time to showcase their capacity and best practices in an exhibition,” said Chaitanya K Prasad, head, G20 education working group, Union ministry of education.
The seminar at IIT Madras on ‘Role of Digital Technology in Education’ will have three sessions on providing accessible and equitable education for K-12 learners, enabling high-quality learning opportunities in higher education, emerging technologies to provide skill education. Bridging the digital divide, bringing the dropouts back to higher educational institutions and skilling the students will be key discussion points.
“The key discussions and resolutions could be part of the G20 declarations,” Neeta Prasad added.
“As many as 13 G20 member countries and guest countries are participating in the seminar. There will be more than 50 stalls that will display the innovation in education from various countries, including France, China, the Netherlands,” said V Kamakoti, director of IIT-Madras. More than 900 people are expected to take part in the seminar.
The exhibition at IIT Madras Research Park in Taramani will be open to the public on February 1 and 2. “It will give an opportunity to share what India has achieved in education and learn the best practices from around the world,” Kamakoti added.
The delegates would visit the brain centre, centre for innovation and heritage centre. They will also see the Tamil Nadu cultural events on the IIT-Madras campus on January 31. The campus is being spruced up for the G20 event.
As many as 200 students from across Tamil Nadu and 100 IIT-Madras students will take part in the seminar.