IIT Madras to soon launch online BEd programme in maths | Chennai News

CHENNAI: To improve maths teaching in schools, IIT Madras is planning to launch an online BEd degree program in mathematics and computing. Announcing this at the G20 seminar at the institute on Tuesday, IT Madras director V Kamakoti said the objective is to create great maths teachers in schools.
Speakers at the seminar highlighted that not teaching maths in an innovative way was one of the reasons for 30% of students dropping out at various stages of school education during their transition from elementary to secondary and secondary to higher secondary.
Around 100 delegates from G20 countries and nine guest countries took part in the seminar on “Role of Digital Technologies in Education” on Tuesday at IIT Madras Research Park. After presenting a report on how technology is used in education globally, Kamakoti said ensuring equity and quality, scalability, cyber security and privacy concerns are common challenges for countries.
Representatives from China, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Netherlands, Mauritius, UAE and Saudi Arabia among others made presentations on accessible and equitable education for school students, enabling high-quality higher education and providing skill education in their countries.
“The outcome of these deliberations will be discussed at the first G20 education working group meeting scheduled to be held in Chennai on Wednesday and Thursday.
It was accepted that there is a need for greater collaboration with governments and academic institutions to see how the challenges in tech enabled learning should be resolved,” Union higher education secretary K Sanjay Murthy told reporters after the seminar. “Overall, this is a great opportunity to learn from each other. G20 has developed nations and nations which are aspiring to be developed.
Across the world we are facing a similar kind of issue with respect to education,” union education secretary Sanjay Kumar said. The seminar deliberated on imparting skill education. “This is the time for all countries to collaborate as skills are being reinvented every three years.
There is a need for reskilling and upskilling,” union skill development and entrepreneurship secretary Atul Kumar Tiwari said. While making a presentation on Naan Mudhalvan, a skilling program on behalf of India, J Innocent Divya, director of Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation, said, the skill courses will be introduced to medical and allied medical courses in the next phase.
The presentation on the skilling and industry, academia collaboration has impressed the audience. “I think it was appreciated by everybody. It was open to us to decide how this model can be spread across the country,” Sanjay Murthy said. As part of the seminar, an exhibition of best practices by a few member countries and online solutions by IIT M startups,


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