Welcome Guest

Home Interviews Established  Non Techpreneur  Institutes must impart entrepreneurship, innovation skills to students: Ashish Garg, Discover Tomorrow

Institutes must impart entrepreneurship, innovation skills to students: Ashish Garg, Discover Tomorrow

Discover Tomorrow is a first of its kind campaign promoting 'Future of learning' in K-12 schools with the objective of complementing schools in preparing students for a life tomorrow.

Tags: Future Schools, Entrepreneurship, Ashish Garg, Discover Tomorrow

BY Samiksha Jain | May 07, 2015 | COMMENTS ( 0 ) |

Institutes must impart entrepreneurship, innovation skills to students: Ashish Garg, Discover Tomorrow
Ashish Garg Education Futurist, Discover Tomorrow

Ashish Garg, an Education Futurist and Founder & CEO of Discover Tomorrow Campaign, studies and identifies new and emerging trends in the education industry. In conversation with Entrepreneur India, Garg shares her views on how the future of education sector in India will look like.

Brief us about Discover Tomorrow.

'Discover Tomorrow' is a first of its kind campaign promoting 'Future of learning' in K-12 schools. The campaign is set with the objective of complementing schools in preparing students for a life tomorrow at college, careers and citizenry. The campaign is predicated on Discover Tomorrow Trend Compendium 2020, which studies most respected global media and research from Economist, World Economic Forum, EY, and Bain and Company amongst others and identifies the most pertinent global trends that are impacting K-12 education and the resultant opportunities and challenges it presents for schools and school leaders in the next 3-5 years time frame.

How do you see the education sector shaping up in the course ahead?

The education sector in India is witnessing a huge momentum. The K-12 school segment covers the largest section of our population and is currently valued at $44 billion and expected to reach $144 billion by 2020. But the new entrants to keep a watch on are:

  • The online education segment - 'Digitally Mediated' learning, using technology to provide equity of access to quality education
  • The ancillary education segment - 'Out of Classroom' learning, using real time, real life experiences to enhance learning

They are both growing at 15 per cent riding on high demand, but expect them to triple within the next 5 years. These are the two segments to look out for. Ideally, we should see a huge surge here.

What are global trends that are impacting K-12 Education?

Simply being relevant for today is no longer enough, school education must prepare students for tomorrow. Discover Tomorrow has identified six mega trends that schools must incorporate in their learning agenda today to prepare students for the future.

1. Changing Demographics

2. Challenge of Climate Change

3. Globalization and Future Markets

4. Technology and Innovation

5. Global Knowledge Society

6. Sharing Global Responsibility

What according to you are the major issues that are plaguing the sector, which need to be addressed immediately?

There is an urgent need to stop attempting to fortify the traditional school set up across the board. The data is out there, 12 years of school education in India does not prepare a child for an entry level job, and does not give them the skills to earn a basic livelihood or go in for quality higher education. Instead it pushes people to the cities where they struggle for low cost jobs. City schools fare no better, except for a handful few, most schools simply service the lowest rung of the talent pyramid.

The MHRD, state deparment of education, school boards, school managements and educationists have to rethink 'the school' and create a powerful 'new generative' of innovative ideas and thoughts. The school has to become a 'life affirming institution' which is relevant for today and tomorrow. We have to rethink what students can be in the future.

We need a national vision for K-12 education, which incorporates the changing demands on education across the urban-rural divide and economic strata.

What is the role of technology in K-12 education and how fruitful it is?

The benefits of technology in education are numerous. Internet has made educational content easily available. Google has an amazing education platform and so do many others. Most of the teaching tools are now web-based and free, content too is free and easy to use. At Discover Tomorrow, we encourage educators to create collaborative communities and share their experiences.

School administrators need to choose devices that are near invisible so that the focus remains on the teaching and learning, not the technology.

On the flip side, there are the ill effects. Today only about 10-15 per cent of the world's total information is online; consider the implications when almost 50 per cent of the world's information and almost 5 billion of the world's total population will be online? Cyber ethics, learning to respect and acknowledge other's work and teaching students to discern information from wisdom will become desired behaviours. Digital Obesity and Cyber Bullying are already alarming issues that every school counsellor has to deal with.

How Discover Tomorrow plans to resolve the existing challenges & pave the way for a better future?

'Discover Tomorrow' is a confluence of the most progressive school leaders across India, Middle-East and Africa. These workshops use a top down approach to induce behavioural change in the school system, deliberate upon the most pertinent global trends that are impacting K-12 education and the resultant opportunities and challenges it presents for schools and school leaders in the next 3-5 year time frame. The workshops serve as a future road map for school leaders to effectively navigate complex challenges as they script a new chapter in the ongoing transformation of their school.

What is the role of policies and new age tools in future path of learning?

While the tactical benefits of new age tools are well known but we tend to overlook the behavioral changes, i.e. the way society is changing and why public policy will no longer be made for the people, but by the people.

The next level of economic development will come from the innovation economy which follows quick on the heels of the knowledge economy. The innovation economy will not be induced by large corporations, the sensex or even the governments. It must be created for ourselves as a social movement and new age tools specially the internet and cloud computing will play a pivotal role in creating the next economic paradigm.

How important it is to incorporate skill development in K-12 education?

Skill development is a must for every high school student. High School Internships can provide real time experiential learning to students. The MHRD has made note of this but it will be important to reform the Apprenticeship Act to include high school students.

Life spans are on the rise and retiring at 65 will be a thing of the past. A recent survey says that all Asians will need to add 11 years to their work life for our economies to be sustained. Meanwhile, the combined buying power of the middle class by 2030 will cross $56 trillion and 80 per cent of that will come from Asia.

All this means a huge economic surge for Asia. For India to secure its share in the global growth story, we must produce youth that are skilled in new age industry sectors. Skilling like education must prepare students on future enterprises, using advanced technology and management systems. Again, these skills have to be consistently updated to match the needs of an ever evolving global economy.

Highlight the importance of entrepreneurship in higher education?

In the next 5 years, there will be more students graduating than ever before since the history of humankind. Jobs will be scarce. We have to encourage our students to THINK, so that they can apply imagination to technology and create intelligent solutions for the society much in the same way as Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison. Entrepreneurship & innovation will be the two most coveted skills. Age, nationality and educational qualifications will no longer be a deciding factor.

18 year old Michael Sayman, a high school student, becoming the CEO of Facebook is only one of the many examples. The fast growing e-commerce platforms, the start-up initiatives in almost every field and the booming ed-tech sector in India are examples of entrepreneurship by young college graduates.

'Real time' experiences for high school students should become an integral part of every high school curriculum and must be supported by the ministry and school boards.

How was your journey so far and what are your future plans?

Discover Tomorrow has been on a very exciting journey. Influencing mindset and behavioral change is both challenging and engaging and the need to inspire schools to change has been compelling.

Please add your comment

Not readable? Change text.

Enter the characters as seen on the image (case insensitive)
  Notify me of followup comments via e-mail   Subscribe for daily newsletter

Related Interviews

Lack of speed, execution is a sure shot killer for start-ups: Livspace's CEO Anuj Srivastava

Anuj Srivastava, CEO, Livspace

Bet it an entrepreneur, early-stage investor or a product manager, Anuj Srivastava does not have to do too many different things to play...

Flintobox: A box full of toys to set your kids' imagination soaring

Arunprasad Durairaj, Co- Founder and CEO, Flintobox

Today’s generation has no time to play. They are burden under the bulky textbooks from the beginning of their school life, leaving...

Edutor is more of a tech company than a content company: Co-founder Ramesh Karra

Ramesh Karra, Co-founder, Edutor Technologies

Edutor Technologies, a next gen EdTech solution, has introduced an Android-based solution on a platform called IGNITOR, which offers...

How Hippocampus is making pre-school education affordable for rural India

Umesh Malhotra, founder CEO, Hippocampus Learning Centres

During the 9 years’ stint at Infosys in US, Umesh Malhotra lived in the Bay Area of California with his wife and five year old son....

Hindustan Wellness: A comprehensive solution for all health and wellness needs

Siddharth Sangwan, Founder, Hindustan Wellness

The concept of a 360-degree preventive healthcare model as a viable business idea had been playing in Siddharth Sangwan’s mind for...

Looking for budget travel? YatraGenie serves as a one-stop-shop for travellers

Renil Komitla, founder, YatraGenie

Armed with an inherent knack for keen observation and market intelligence, Renil Komitla ventured into e-commerce via the launch of...

Govt policies for start-ups are stimulant for better growth: Yogesh Agarwal, Applane Solutions

Yogesh Agarwal, CEO, Applane Solutions

Applane Education is a Cloud ERP that helps educational institutions to automate their processes and thus, enables them to focus on...

How Smartican is changing the landscape of social media

Aastha Almast, Co-founder & CMO, Smartican (2nd from Left)

Founded in January 2013, Smartican is a youth oriented Digital Social Media, Game Development and Entertainment Company. Initially...

Looking for original luxury sedan parts? SparesHub.com ends your search

Tapas Gupta, Co-founder, SparesHub.com

The automobile spare parts replacement market in India is very large, complex and unorganised. The current size of the components...

It's a space age! Startup Dhruva set to privatise India's satellite industry

Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space

‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.’ – The popular phrase hold true for 25 year old...

QuizWorks' brand PlayDay using gamification to accelerate enterprise growth

Raj Dam, Founder, PlayDay

Do you think playing games at workplace is unproductive? Think again. Nowadays, more businesses are using gamification tools to train...

Agripreneurs in India need long term visibility of fund: Ashutosh K. Sinha, Villfarm

Ashutosh K. Sinha, Co-founder & Director, Villfarm

Agripreneurs in India have the limited ability to invest and scale up their business. Therefore, they need longer term visibility of fund...

Gigstart: Here is your online party organiser

Atit Jain, Co-founder, Gigstart

Gigstart is a marketplace which facilitates quick and transparent connect between entertainers and party planners. It is first of its...

Ecolibrium Energy thrives on more than 100% YoY growth

Chintan Soni, CEO, Ecolibrium Energy

India has perennially been a power starved country with still 400 million of citizens not having access to power. Constant black-outs and...

Why Shrenik Gandhi quit Future Group to start his own venture

Shrenik Gandhi, CEO, White Rivers Digital

White Rivers Digital is India’s one of leading ROI driven digital agency that provides holistic communication strategies to take...

Kapil Agarwal's bootstrapped start-up UrbanHomez looks to clock Rs 5 cr next year

Kapil Agarwal, Founder & CEO, UrbanHomez.com

UrbanHomez is one of India’s largest online portals for Home Renovation, Design and Décor. It makes hassle free connection...

How Rahul Agarwal plans to build Organic Harvest into a Rs 100 cr venture

Rahul Agarwal, CEO, Organic Harvest

The 31-year-old Rahul Agarwal was an integral part of the highflying world of finance until an entrepreneurial bug bit him. Who would...

If you can dream it, you can do it

Saurav Modi, Founder, Just Jute Products

Like many other aspiring students, Saurav Modi, soon after his post graduation from Christ College, Bangalore, chose to pursue his career...

From a Village School Boy to a Serial Entrepreneur

Krishna Srinivasan, Founder & Chairman, Quest Explore Discover (QED)

Being a son of a village school headmaster, Krishna Srinivasan completed his education from a government school in Trichy. He has...

Witnessing 50-60% growth YoY: Saraogi

Vinit Saraogi, Managing Director, TBD Tradelink

The will to run and grow their own business has taken Vinit (Left) and his brother Bipin Saraogi (Right) quite far. From supplying sweets...

A Taxi Network for All India

Anshuman Mihir, Founder & CEO, MyTaxiIndia

Having the largest taxi rental network across India and with presence in more than 100 cities and connectivity with 48...

Toying With Growth

Sharad Venkta, MD & CEO, Toonz Retail India

Sharad Venkta, MD & CEO, Toonz Retail India, shares the growth path, success through franchising model and more in a chat with...

Innovate and Execute to Survive

Rajendra Rao, Founder, U-Wah Solutions & Co-Founder Madea Creative House

In a tete-a-tete with SMEntrepreneur, Rajendra Rao, Founder, U-Wah Solutions and Co-Founder Madea Creative House, shares his story about...

"Current State of This Market is Extremely Promising"

Sanjeev Mahajan, CEO, Enhance Clinics

Tell us about Enhance. What types of services are provided by your clinic?  Enhance is India’s fastest growing chain of...

Including the Financially Excluded

Ashish Ahuja, Vice President, FINO PayTech Ltd

In an interview with SMEntrepreneur, Ashish Ahuja, Vice President, FINO PayTech Ltd, talks about branchless banking services reaching out...

Cashing in on Car-Sharing

Greg Moran, Co-Founder, Zoomcar.in

How this concept of car-sharing rental service came to your mind? We both were big believers in the car-sharing business model that...

Adding Value to Walls

Mihir Mody, Founder and CEO, Adwallz

Wall posts now have a new address. From the over used online space, the brick and mortar counterpart is now an interesting canvas for...

Changing Indian Trading

Rohit Gadia

Rohit Gadia, CEO and Managing Director, CapitalVia Global Research Limited, turned his passion for stock market into his profession. He...

Teaching for understanding

Divesh Bhatija

Imagine being taught by someone who does not have an opinion about how dumb or smart you are. Imagine understanding everything you learn...

Passion is the key to success

Kanwar Singh

What led to the inception of Synergy Motors? Synergy Motors is about providing premium car rental services for customers who want to...

An eye for research

Vishal Oberoi, CEO, Market Xcel

In a chat with us, Vishal Oberoi, CEO, Market Xcel, gives the lowdown on his company that is enagegd in Research so as to give best...

Entrepreneurial touch

Chetan Indap, CEO, Joule Consulting PVt Ltd

Guy Kawasaki, in his book, ‘Rules for Revolutionaries’, had stated that “People who are crazy enough to think that they...

Restaurant for classy marriages

Zuzer Lucknowala, MD, The Wedding Cafe & Lounge

Smitten by the idea of wedding theme based restaurants in the west while globe- trotting, Zuzer Lucknowala decided to introduce his...

Propelling SME Growth

Pooja Kumar, Founder, SME JoinUp

With a strong urge to build something of value for the SME sector, Pooja Kumar created SME JoinUp. We catch up with her to know about her...

Zooming success

Manoj Gursahani , MD< Manoj Gursahani Vamoose.in

The Vamoose.in website is based on an e-commerce platform developed by renowned European technology company 'EL Media Global'. It...

Business of Loyalty and Gift Cards

Nikhi Dhoka, Director, Unit Solutions

If you want a Loyalty Programme and Card System but do not know where to get the technology, Unit Solutions will show you the direction....

Gems of Jewellery Industry

Praveen Goel, CEO, Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers

Praveen Goel, who excelled in gold import and manufacture of loose diamonds, set up his first retail outlet in Karol bagh which in less...

The Forgotten Heros: Vimanika Edutainment Pvt. Ltd.

Karan Vir Arora, Vimanika Comics

Comics are everyone’s favourite but not many think of publishing them. Vimanika Edutainment Pvt Ltd brings out comics about the...

Connecting Farmers to Consumers

Rajiv Kumar Chugh, Founder, 4 Fresh Retail

4 Fresh brings best quality produce directly from the cultivators to the consumers. The company has tied up with around 5000 farmers all...

Transforming Data to Intelligence

Rajesh Varrier, Founder, Activecubes

Activecubes provides analytics services with associated technology solutions, empowering clients to make the best...

Creating Niche Knowledge Solutions

Sumeet Anand, Founder, Kreeo

While Google and Bing rule the world of ‘search’, Kreeo has a further more specialized offering for information...

Stay fit, the Life Mojo way

Namit Nangia, Founder, Life Mojo.

Namit Nangia who was able to reduce his weight successfully thought of sharing the idea with other people, officially. Hence, he came out...

De-Congestion Drive

Abhishek Rajan, Co- Founder, Easy2Commute.com

In their endeavor to de-congest Delhi roads and provide safe carpooling to Delhiites, Abhishek and Ambrish Co-founded Easy2Commute.com a...

Advertising through all possible avenues

Maninder Singh Sethi, Founder, Excelsior Public Relations

Maninder Singh Sethi, the Founder of Excelsior Public Relations always wanted to leverage various mediums to market and advertise a...

Minding others businesses

Hemang Arun Pandeet, MD & CEO of SiddhiVinayak Astrology Services Pvt. Ltd

Astrology as a concept has existed since time immemorial, but professionalism was never a part of it until Hemant Arun Pandeet arrived at...

The Hub of Masterminds

Mr. Sitashwa Srivastava, Co-founder, CreADivity

Jade Magnet (earlier known as CreADivity) is a crowd sourcing platform for creative services. First-of-its-kind in India, it is an...

Free Copies

Harsh Narang, Founder, PhokatCopy

What is the biggest woe of students? A small amount of pocket-money that gets exhausted getting photocopies! Solution? Harsh Narang,...

By Women, For Women

Revathi Roy, Founder, For-She Travels & Logistics

She started her company when she was in greatest pain, suffering from the bereavement of her husband. She was hardly left with any...

Helping relocate

Abhilash BP, CEO MM Group

Abhilash BP, CEO of MM Group, found a business idea from one of the most common problems that existed for a long time. The solution that...

Pioneering New Media

Aditya Basu, founder of Xtreme Television

Aditya Basu, founder of Xtreme Television, would not have succeeded in his venture had he not decided to stick to it come what may. Today...

Scrumptious Ice Creams

Vijay Arora, MD, Gelato Vinto

With a dream of serving Indian food buffs with mesmerising flavour of Italian desserts, Vijay Arora, Managing Director, Gelato Vinto in...

In good health

Sachin Malik, Founder, Diva Fitness

Understanding the different fitness requirements of women and providing them the right solutions of dealing with weight loss, Diva...

The childcare people

Bharat Kapoor, Director, Your Kids R Our Kids

You need not worry about your kids when you are away as Your Kids R Our Kids (YKROK) care centre provides your child the desired quality...

Connecting the Young

Samyak Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Electronic Youth Media

Samyak Chakrabarty might look like any other student when sitting in the mass media class of Jaihind College but his accomplishments...