Manipal, Jan 16, 2023: The first convention of the Academy of General Education (AGE) was held on Jan 15.
The convention was held to enhance the research capabilities of the colleges, as part of their commitment to enhance quality education and research at their institutions. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by college teachers to effectively implement National Education Policy 2020 (NEP – 2020), especially enhancing research capabilities.
Dr. H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and the President of AGE inaugurated the event.
“The fourth year of the undergraduate program (Honours Program) includes a year of research and skill development. Colleges need to adapt quickly to this new requirement. I hope this convention will be useful to the AGE college teachers with respect to understanding NEP 2020 requirements and how to enhance research and innovation capabilities at the college level by leveraging MAHE’s well developed ecosystem,” he said.
Dr. Ranjan R Pai, Registrar of AGE and President of MAHE Trust, and also Chairman of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) was the Chief Guest of the function. He wished the convention all the success and handed over mementos to the resource persons.
Dr. Karunakar Kotegar spoke about the National Education Policy (NEP) – 2020. Dr. Raviraja N S and Dr. Y Shrihari Upadhyaya gave an informative talk on research/innovation and entrepreneurship which will help in developing the research ecosystem at the college level.
Dr. Vasudha Devi talked about the various Ph.D. opportunities at MAHE and how it enables researchers to develop the competency of conducting research individually or in collaboration with others. Dr. Annapoorna K gave a detailed talk on stress management and how it helps to lead a happy and peaceful life despite having a hectic work schedule.
Dr. Vidya Saraswathi M introduced the REPEN project by the Eco Club, MCODS, Manipal which focuses on discouraging single-use pens and encouraging reusable pens. Nityanand Nayak talked about the Manipal Marathon which will be held in association with Rotary Club Manipal Town on 12th February 2023. The 5th edition of the Manipal Marathon aims to create awareness on Childhood Cancer and funds will be raised to support and care for people requiring financial assistance for the treatment of Childhood cancer.
Praveena Kumari rendered the invocation, Dr. Raviraja N S welcomed the gathering and concluding remarks and the vote of thanks was proposed by AGE Secretary Varadaraya Pai. Hilda Cornelio compered the program. About 250 college teachers participated from various AGE colleges benefited from the program.