Take Charge Of The Future - The Message of Dr. Uday Salunkhe, WeSchool To Today's Students

Top Quote Prof Dr. Uday Salunkhe, Group Director, WeSchool, is a busy man but still finds time to take a look at many things, most of which involve the advancement of his students. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 02, 2015 - He involvement has led to the development of many processes and programmes, all of which have a unique features and he has been successful in establishing partnerships with various universities across the world, putting WeSchool on the global map.

    Here are the excerpts from his interview with The Free Press Journal:
    How can educators encourage students towards academics when the syllabus sometimes is archaic and outdated?

    The role of a good institution and faculty is really to ignite the interest in learning. The syllabus will always face the challenge of remaining contemporary. As a faculty, I believe in creating a classroom where all the students are required to bring in new and updated information on a topic into the class, we then discuss various perspectives and most importantly the impact it will have. Creating an environment where the student and the faculty are both actively contributing to the learning experience.

    Do educators and students work towards getting out of the university mode and into the 'real world' mode? If there are some measures taken in classes for this, can you give us a few examples?

    Students respond to the ecosystem we have created. If we create an environment that encourages and values learning that will contribute to their life in the world of work, students usually respond positively.

    At Welingkar, we have been running a programme called the Global Citizen Leader (GCL). It is a transformational programme that equips students with tools to apply their talent and skills in the real-world context while providing them with leadership, innovation and inspiration to make a difference in society. This programme is designed by WeSchool in collaboration with Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) , a global provider of executive education that cultivates creative leadership-the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries. With a number of top corporate honchos stepping in to share their pain-points which turned into problem statements that the students had to work on, it compelled them to step out of the comfort zones of classroom learning, look closely at the fast- paced realities of the environment and come out with strong solutions that had the potential to be taken to a higher level.

    How do educators counsel students about starting small, and look for job roles rather than glamorous companies to work with?

    The pressure of being judged by the brand that they work for, the package that they get is so high that making the decision to start small and progress is quite frightening for a young person. I think what you are trying to say is that one need not feel dejected if one has to start small and move on to the larger organizations. In this area we have initiated two important steps at WeSchool. One is the mentoring to set the expectations right and the second step is to show the various opportunities and options that they may be unaware of.

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