Technology is driving the new skills revolution in education

21str the century has never been the 21ststr than at this moment. Designers are creating 3D printed products at unimaginable speeds. Banks are entering the Metaverse. Retailers are meeting consumer needs in the blink of an eye. Health care experts are creating vaccines in less time than ever in human history. Welcome to a world where Technology is the New Black.

We live in perhaps one of the fastest-paced industrial revolutions of all time. The world is evolving at an exponential and non-linear rate. Furthermore, technology is disrupting almost every industry globally, directly impacting the future of work. As workplaces are transformed by Industry 4.0, the World Economic Forum predicts that a workforce of around 1 billion people will need to be equipped with technology-driven skills by 2030 to stay relevant. The OECD estimates that more than 1 billion jobs, which is almost a third of all jobs worldwide, are likely to undergo a technology-driven transformation in the next decade.

The beauty of technology is that it doesn’t discriminate. So whether you are an interior designer, a filmmaker, a marketing analyst, a product manager, a stock trader, a social entrepreneur, a consultant, or even a fashion designer, new technologies are a must for professionals in all sectors . Therefore, as we enter a world transformed by the power of technology, there is a great need to prepare future leaders in all industries with the fundamentals of technology. Importantly, this also comes with a requirement to develop leadership, entrepreneurial, interpersonal and human skills through valuable learning to accelerate greater innovation through technology.

This reinforces the need for re-imagining higher education in India to adopt futuristic models of teaching and learning. Indian universities need to evolve and embrace a more ‘SkillTech’ approach to empower the next generation as future leaders with tomorrow’s skills. Universities will need to design a learning journey for young learners by integrating 21st century technology and skills into their vision, mission, curriculum, pedagogy and research practices. Transformative educational experiences driven by SkillTech will become inevitable to prepare young leaders for this new future, those who bring empathy and skilled handling to complex problems in a world where humans and machines will have closer interactions to transform the world.

In fact, the ‘SkillTech’ approach is in line with the vision of India’s new National Education Policy 2020, which reiterates the importance of technology-driven multidisciplinary education and skill-based teaching and learning. Moreover, it is important that this model is not limited to traditional disciplines within the Indian higher education landscape, where it is easier to imagine the presence of technology, but also extends to universities that offer new-age and creative disciplines. such as design, film animation, performing arts, fine arts, media and communication.

Technology is indeed rapidly disrupting life as we know it and have known it for centuries. To keep up with this pace, Universities will need to create a 21st Century intersectionstr Century skills and new age disciplines in a very short span of time. This will play an important role in empowering young learners with a platform to become important global leaders of the future. This will enable them to solve the challenges facing the world through their application of technology, regardless of the industry or business function they are associated with. This will not only help create a challenging career for them in Industry 4.0, but will also be significant in creating disruption and transformational leadership for organizations.

Hence, it is time for India to embrace the ‘SkillTech’ approach to transform our nation’s youth into industry 4.0-ready global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.



The views expressed above are the author’s own.


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