India’s think-tank NITI Aayog and the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises have launched Convoke 2021-22. A national research symposium, Convoke aims at addressing challenges in imparting education and strengthening its quality with a special focus on teachers, educationists and heads of schools across India. Through this platform, school teachers/heads/principals of government schools and teachers from the Bharti Foundation network will be encouraged to use research-based solutions through a scientific approach and showcase their efforts taken at grassroot level in improving learning outcomes.
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also recognises and identifies teachers and faculty as the heart of the learning process. It recommends teachers to be acknowledged for novel approaches to teaching that improve learning outcomes in their classrooms. NEP recommends developing platforms so that teachers may share ideas and best practices for wider dissemination and replication.
Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog chaired the launch event of Convoke 2021-22. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Dr Prem Singh, Adviser (Education), NITI Aayog, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation and Mamta Saikia, CEO, Bharti Foundation were also present, along with representatives of Ministry of Education, NIEPA, Officials of Education Departments/SCERTs of all States/UTs joining virtually.