One of the primary objectives of School of Education at Savitribai Phule Pune University is to create attitudinal and behavioural readiness among in-service and pre-service teachers so that they can foster critical, creative and analytical thinking among students. To actualise this goal, the School of Education at Savitribai Phule Pune University has partnered with the EDUREFORM consortium.
The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, and more. As a result of this technological storm, the 4 IR is paving the way for transformative changes in the way we live, work and are governed. In 2016, a City and Oxford University joint report estimated that 57% of jobs are at risk due to automation. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, artificial intelligence could replace 800 million jobs by 2030.
As the economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee have pointed out, the revolution could yield greater inequality, particularly in its potential to disrupt labour markets. With the growth of automation, artificial intelligence will replace workers across a vast spectrum of industries and sectors. Martin Ford - in the Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future – states that the jobs most at risk are those which are on some level routine, repetitive and predictable", as these tasks are possible to be replicated through Machine Learning algorithms
To mitigate the impacts of the fourth industrial revolution on Indian society, there is a need for educational reforms that will help the Indian youth to develop skill sets relevant to the changing market demands. Employers will require human resources capable to analyse problems rather than to solve them. Problem-solution tasks will be more and more codified within algorithms and assigned to artificial intelligence.
Machines cannot be as creative, as analytical and as critical as us humans are. In this light, EDUREFORM sees the need to nurture these skills because the tasks requiring a high degree of imagination, creative analysis and strategic thinking are harder to automate. In an effort to foster these required skills and to mitigate the negative impacts of the fourth industrial revolution on Indian society, the EDUREFORM project aims to empower secondary school in-service and pre-service teachers so that they can foster critical, creative and analytical thinking skills among secondary school children.
Coordinated by Chitkara University, EDUREFORM is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, comprising four Indian universities, four European universities as well as two Secondary schools and one SME, having expertise in the field of education. The final aim of EDUREFORM is to promote consciousness and to empower Indian future and in-service secondary school teachers to mitigate the expected societal impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Chitkara University | The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda | Savitribai Phule Pune University | Shivaji University
University of Latvia | University of Hamburg | JAMK University of Applied Sciences | Italian University Line
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Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe and in Partner Countries. Its budget of 14.7 billion provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad. The Capacity Building in Higher Education action aims to support the modernization, accessibility and internationalization of higher education in Partner Countries - including India. The Capacity Building Action contributes to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries and should ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity
The EDUREFORM project acknowledges the significance of nurturing creativity, critical thinking, and analytical abilities, particularly in a time marked by rapid technological advancements and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These proficiencies are vital for individuals to excel in a swiftly transforming job market and to effectively address intricate problems. By advocating for the integration of these competencies within the classroom setting, the EDUREFORM project seeks to furnish students with the requisite skills to thrive in an ever-evolving global landscape. Therefore, the innovative curricula plays a pivotal role in ensuring that upcoming generations are well-prepared to confront the challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The EDUREFORM Pedagogical Tools now forms an integral part of the B.Sc. B.Ed, M.Ed, and PhD (Education) programs at Department of Education and Extension at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Check the courses in which EDUREFORM tools have been integrated here:
Under the EDUREFORM Project, the EDUREFORM Second Empowerment Camp was organized by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune from 5 - 7 May 2022. During this Camp, EDUREFORM core team of experts which included Prof. Ashutosh Biswal, Dr. Vaibhav Jadhav, Dr. Parul Sood, Dr. Vidhyanand Khandagale and Ms. Nidhi Waldia provided training to the Teacher Educators of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Shivaji University, and Chitkara University in the 22 innovative EDUREFORM Tools. As the saying goes, "Train a teacher, and you'll witness arithmetic progression in the state of education. Train a teacher trainer, and you'll observe geometric progression in the state of education."
From 1 - 3 February 2023, Savitribai Phule Pune University successfully hosted EDUREFORM vocational training for the in-service teachers of the Pune region. This training marked a significant milestone with over 50 teachers participating, signifying a substantial outreach and success. What made this event even more special was the presence of master trainers from Chitkara University, Shivaji University, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland and the University of Latvia. These 50 dedicated teachers hailed from diverse schools across Pune, representing both public and private schools.
On 4 February 2023, Savitribai Phule Pune University hosted the EDUREFORM International Symposium on the Theme 'Engaging learners in learning.' The event commenced with Hon. Pro Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sanjeev Sonawane's opening remarks, followed by Dr. Sangeeta Pant's presentation on EDUREFORM's journey, achievements, and future goals. Dr. Vaibhav Jadhav outlined the day's agenda for over 50 participants. The day included interactive sessions led by various facilitators, focusing on interaction, design thinking, and student-teacher relationships. The facilitators included Shwetabh S Verma, Prof. Indra Odina and Prof. Anna Stavicka from University of Latvia and Mrs. Essi Silvennoinen and Mrs. Anu Mustonen from JAMK University of Applied Sciences Finland
The students of Department of Education and Extension, Savitribai Phule Pune University got a very good opportunity to be taught by the faculties from EDUREFORM European Partner Universities from 1st to 3rd February. The sessions deliberated on importance of Multicultural learning and how to make good questions that inspire critical thinking.
Student Mobility at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune hosted the EDUREFORM student mobility program for 21 days from 10 May until 30 May 2023. Seven shortlisted students from partnering universities, including The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Chitkara University, and Shivaji University, participated in various teaching activities organised at Department of Education and Extension at Savitribai Phule Pune University. The activities aimed to develop their skills and knowledge in the field of education.