The changed scenario, in the wake of the emerging tech –advances argues for reconsideration and reconfiguration our (academe’s) approach to accelerate the benefits of science and technology and reach them to the masses. The ongoing efforts need to be ratcheted up to give the desired impact. Education itself can become far more inclusive with technology. Not only, technology is the lifeblood of all businesses but also has opened limitless career opportunities. It has proved itself to be an effective enabler and yet so secular and inclusive in nature. It has to be human-centric.
Educators have to move the digital revolution into all levels of the economy, rendering the revolution really inclusive. The left behind (segments/industry/ geographies) in the progress need to be put back into the mainstream. The digital –divide is to be bridged, diligently. Academics need to connect the high- end technological solutions to the vernacular to the advantage of the community.
Research supported with innovation and technology can bring up solutions to a number of social challenges. These can be break-throughs in domains of conserving and managing natural resources, renewables, intensifying agro- yields, offering solutions to some of the de-humanizing practices like manual scavenging and much more.
And as they carve out solutions to some of the challenges, that would create new enterprises, employment and entrepreneurs.
Educators must not lose the sight of the fact that they are not only nurturing talent but also the future of the planet Earth. Education has to align itself to the goals of the nation and further the global community and raise the generation accordingly. The way is already forged and we have been saved of the task of cutting the underbrushes. Many leading academes under great thought-leaders have been quietly working on this. We already have models of success, pragmatism and societal concerns before us. Education has to make this trend an integral part of the process.
The new metrics for success would include the social impact quotient, number of entrepreneurs given to the society, the social issues that one has given sustainable solutions to, number of underprivileged taken under wings, communities one has impacted, the deforested area that one has taken over to turn green and so on. In best universityin Punjab and top universities in India, at Desh Bhagat University students conduct incessant research on such issues bring to light new ways of evaluating successful use of technology.
In short -the Impact you make