Interview by Kritika Gupta
Mrs. Manjula Tiwari is designated as the Group Director of the Mansarovar Group of Institutions. Having an MA in Political Science, her agenda has always been to provide the underprivileged with the gift of education. She holds vast experience in managing the successful run of Mansarovar Group of Institutions since its establishment in 1995. In an exclusive interview with collegedunia.com, Mrs. Tiwari shares her views on the education industry in India, while talking about Mansarovar Group in details.
Views on the education industry
Personally speaking, it is a highly fulfilling job, as long as you follow the ethics of the role you are working in. For example, as a Director, I cannot mislead my clients or advise them for or against any college/university/course, based on personal bias, or for monetary gain. I have to remain ethical and truthful in all my dealings since we are dealing with someone’s career. The same thing can be applied to teachers, aptitude trainers, and other administrative staff.
As long as you have your heart in the right place and talent to help other people, I think you are good to go in this industry. As you must know, the worth of the education industry in India is expected to grow to about 180 billion dollars in 2020. India has become a global market for e-learning, as well as technology-driven platforms that drive education in the right direction. Earning capacity is high, and the work is satisfying. You have nothing to worry about.
Mrs. Tiwari 2 basic responsibility at the Dental School
See, the profession has a vast scope in its industry. It offers various kinds and types of services. A Psychologist, Teacher, Administrator, Doctor, Housewife or a Freelancer, anybody can opt for a Career in this industry. If you are confident and have the passion towards making someone’s life better and possess the tendency to grow with your institution in tandem, door’s open for you!
What I feel is that my 2 basic responsibilities are:
- Identifying an individual’s strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat.
- Understanding their interest & desire in life.
Definition of challenge by the Group Director
According to me challenge is not significant, but the way we choose to come out with challenge actually builds your character and makes you significant. Tough and easy depends on our mindset. So when we think about challenge is tough that time we face the toughest situation. If you are capable enough to take the right decision challenge may convert into a great opportunity.
4 factors considered before preparing the curriculum of MGI
Curriculum alignment is crucial in realizing learning objectives, but in higher education the alignment is often challenged by practical problems. The adverse effect of misalignment is further amplified by the lack of student awareness of their position within the curriculum. We argue for the importance of the visibility of learning trajectories across the curriculum and discuss the implementation of a digital curriculum mapping tool.
We use four case studies to discuss how the tool was employed along with four themes: curriculum development, visibility, assessment, and learning enhancement. We have our expert panel which collaborates with the trending universities and they chalk out the curriculum. We being part of management, take a review of the visible learning trajectory. After this, we use our curriculum mapping tools and align our curriculum structure keeping in view the modern industrial practices.
Changes noticed in the education industry over the past few years
Traditional learnings or lecturing with limited resources left no room for feedback in the entire learning experience. One-way teaching system left many students incompetent to survive the ruthless competitive warfront in the outside world. The method of learning by somewhat doing treasured education on some levels whilst students strived for the best.
Back then, students studied through mock tests, essays, guides and sample papers. These books cost parents extra money later and a student extra pressure. They were not exposed to digital learning whereas, e-classroom was a dream beyond sight. The teachers focused on grades, the students on ranks and parents on results. The basic learning was confined just within the boundaries of the classroom and tuition centres. Technology wasn’t much affordable and teachers were not adaptive to the use of innovative learning through digital resources.
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The young ones today, begin learning right at the age of 4/5 by fiddling with their parents’ smartphones and tablets. The findings that I observe near my surroundings make it clear that digital education is indeed a revolution both inside and outside the classroom. Right from their bus-ride to bedtime, technological advancements in the education industry have transformed the way a student learns, evolves, grasps and grows.
Today, the way technology is developing, storing all the information in your brain is not important. The internet has something for everyone, making every mindset of any age satisfactory and every solution to a problem clear. Following up with the recent times, technology is to be credited to bring about the promptness in which a lesson, chapter or a course is delivered.
Ideal school environment and culture as per Mrs. Tiwari
Recently, I have come across some readings that have prompted me to think more about what it means to create an ideal school environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the nation in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers. However, it is important to realize in this conversation about creating an ideal school or classroom that what is ideal for one child might not be ideal for another child.
For a school to work as a learning space for a child it has to be a good match with the child’s needs, as well as their personality. So I believe that ideal schools come in different shapes and sizes. Fortunately, we do allocate sufficient resources for our schools, to rethink their curricula and learning spaces to effectively meet the needs of all their learners.
My view is that an ideal school environment:
- embraces the idea that ALL students can learn.
- works to build safe learning spaces for students.
- attracts teachers who are knowledgeable, care about students, and adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their learners
- tries to be nimble and adjust as the needs of students shift.
- works hard to make the curriculum relevant to the lives of students
- works hard to develop authentic measures for assessing student learning.
- recognizes that student success is a complex idea and measuring it must be accomplished with many tools.
- is led by people who value others, their voice and need for choice.
Future goals for Mansarovar Group of Institutions
The primary inception of the formation of this group is to make quality education accessible to the masses. We want to add up more courses in the near future which ensures them with a bright career path. Also, we are aiming at strengthening our training and placement by state of the art infrastructure which would in future help them in acquiring skills to sustain in a different industrial environment or in various MNCs/ corporate culture.
Since we are in medical education for the last 20+ years, in the next 5 years we hope to expand our services in Ayurveda and Dental streams. This will help us to provide the needy with a timely treatment of ailing diseases like cancer, arthritis, sciatica, spondylolysis, etc, which plague our country.
Thoughts on the current youth and students
What I see in youth today is a buzz, which is the sound of the next generation. Many young people volunteer or participate in various activities in some or the other way these days. It is not just for adding experience to their CV, they want to make a real difference. Secondly, they are well connected and highly opinionated. MLAs and MPs want to hear from their constituents and what they are interested in – that is their job! However, they cannot tackle poverty or climate change singlehandedly – what they really want is to know what they can personally do about it.
Their energy and aura and can be channelized towards the holistic growth of the nation. Being a part of the education industry we want them to shed their knowledge towards our society, or else what is the point of being called as an EDUCATED YOUTH.