Monday, 23 February 2015

Report on National Seminar on Research in Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development develops competencies. In order to ensure a sustainable future, we need to assume responsibility for our actions and dedicate ourselves to build positive social and environmental change to promote well-being and improve quality of life now and into the future. It is a significant task; education is the channel through which it can be realised.

The aim of the one day National Seminar on Research in Education for Sustainable Development was to provide a platform for presentation and discussion of ideas, to help transform the way the world views education and sustainable development, ensuring that sustainable development can be incorporated into the curricula at all levels of education and in all levels of society.

The National Seminar was designed to provide a platform to enable research scholars, students, teachers and experts in the field of Education to present perceptions, debate, discuss and design new projects, programmes and initiatives with regard to curriculum and classroom transaction through paper presentations and deliberations.

The objectives of the seminar were -
*To raise awareness and understand the nature of research in education for sustainable development.
*To create a platform for sharing knowledge, consultation and dialogue on all issues relating
to sustainable development in education and develop key competencies
*To suggest strategies, for sustainable development to all stakeholders in education.

The National Seminar was inaugurated in the presence of Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Fr. Abraham V, Dr. Panchamukhi, Professor Emeritus and Chairman, Centre for Multi- Disciplinary Development Research Autonomous Research Institute Recognised by ICSSR, Govt. of India and Govt. of Karnataka;
Dr. Jose Cherian (HOD, School of Education), Dr. Greta D’Souza, the convenor, National Seminar, the delegates, the participants, faculty and students of the School of Education, Christ University.This set the tone for the seminar.

Following the invocation and lighting of the lamp and a welcome by Dr. Cherian, the inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Fr. Abraham VM, Pro-Vice Chancellor; and the compendium was released.  Dr. P R Panchamukhi in the keynote address presented an extensive review on Research Opportunities for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Next Decade: A Perspective

We had around 50 participants- research scholars, teachers, teacher educators, heads of institution, alumni, besides our own in house faculty and PG students from the departments of Psychology, Economics, Commerce, Hotel Management, English and Education, students of B. Ed in the Seminar.

Our gratitude to Fr. Thomas T V, Director, School of Education, Dr. Mallika Krishnaswami , Dean, Humanities and Social sciences for providing encouragement in all our endeavours.  Sincere thanks to Dr. Srikantaswamy, Dr. Kennedy Andrew Thomas, Dr. Elangovan, Dr. Mahesh and Dr. Sheeja Karalam, for chairing the technical sessions, demonstrating research competencies, for giving an excellent coverage for papers presented and for the enormous cooperation in this event.

It was indeed a learning experience. Thanks to the organising committee, Dr. Samson, Dr. Jacqueline, Dr. Prakasha, Dr. Sumita who facilitated in the testing, selection/ rejection, modification, reporting  and in the entire the review process.

The discussions and deliberations in this seminar would help us to reflect, respond and create changes in education now and in the future.


Dr. Greta D’ Souza
Convenor, National Seminar 2015,
School of Education, Christ University.

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