For the first time, Delhi University will open its doors to parents, students and schools to voice their opinion and work towards revamping higher education.
While the year has seen a spate of innovation projects, courses and programmes are taking shape, DU's Academic Congress is all set to discuss changes in the present education model.
"The Academic Congress will focus largely on re-thinking higher education. This means that higher education is to be linked with school education and community needs. We will be involving schools, parents, principals and will be looking at building interdisciplinarity in education," said Malashri Lal, dean of academic activities and projects, DU.
The Academic Congress, which will be held on September 6 and 7, will be a congregation of about 600 people —teachers, students, school principals and parents —all of who will work towards filling the chasm between various levels of edu cation.
"One of the main aims of the programme will be to move away from the learning by rote methodology and focus more on hands-on project work. The programme will be all about innovation and creativity," Lal added.
Students also said that such a model would stand future aspirants in good stead.
"When we apply for jobs or higher education, there is a strong disconnect between what we learn in school, in college and what we are about to be taught in future. The western model of education is very successful and some aspects of it need to be implemented in our system too," said Gaurav Verma, a former student of Kirori Mal College.