NITI Aayog and Bharti Foundation Invite Research Papers for National Level Symposium Convocation 2021-22


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During the CONVOKE 2021-22 launch event, dignitaries from L to R, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, co-chair of the Bharti Foundation, joined the event virtually; Antony Nellissery, Head of Academic Excellence, Bharti Foundation; Mamta Saikia, CEO, Bharti Foundation; Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog; Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice President, NITI Aayog; Dr Prem Singh, Advisor (Education), NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog, in partnership with the Bharti Foundation, the CSR arm of Bharti Enterprises, launched Convoke 2021-22. Convoke is a national research symposium which aims to address the challenges of delivering education and enhancing its quality, with a focus on all teachers, educators and school leaders across India.

Through this platform, teachers / principals / directors of public schools and teachers of the Bharti Foundation network will be encouraged to use research-based solutions through a scientific approach and showcase their efforts at the local level to improve learning outcomes.

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also recognizes and identifies teachers and professors as being at the heart of the learning process. He recommends that teachers be recognized for their new pedagogical approaches that improve learning outcomes in their classrooms. NEP recommends developing platforms so that teachers can share ideas and good practices for wider dissemination and replication.
Over the years, teachers have come up with innovative solutions to help support students and even more during lockdown. Thanks to Convoke, they can now share their research micro-documents. These research articles will be analyzed by a panel of educators. Shortlisted research papers will be presented at the “National Research Symposium” scheduled for January 2022.
The event was chaired by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice President, NITI Aayog and attended by Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Dr Prem Singh, Advisor (Education), NITI Aayog, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-President, Bharti Foundation and Mamta Saikia, CEO of Bharti Foundation and also virtually attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, NIEPA, heads of education departments / SCERT from all states / UT.
Speaking at the event, Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice President of NITI Aayog, said: “There is a need to focus on quality as we have achieved near universal access to basic education. This becomes an immediate and paramount task given the regression in learning that has occurred due to the school closures of Covid 19. I hope that CONVOKE becomes a pan-Indian platform and that it becomes a movement towards improving learning outcomes through joyful teaching and learning. I call on all those involved in education to make quality education a mission to meet the aspirations of our youth. We also need to focus on preschool education, as a significant number of children do not attend preschool and therefore lag behind in learning outcomes when they enter school.
The 2020 National Education Policy emphasizes finding solutions using scientific methodology, helping teachers and students develop 21st century skills. It envisions a holistic approach to transforming the quality and quantity of research in India, which includes definitive changes in school education towards a more play-based and discovery-based learning style, with an emphasis on scientific method and critical thinking.
During the event, Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, pointed out that “CONVOKE will go a long way in bridging the gap between academics, policy makers and practitioners in the field of education. Field findings by teachers about ‘what works’ will help decision makers design policies that meet grassroots needs. It will also inform academia about the challenges associated with improving learning outcomes and potential areas of research where core teachers might even be co-researchers. “
Emphasizing the need to improve learning outcomes, Dr Prem Singh, Advisor (Education), NITI Aayog stressed that “CONVOKE will promote the suggestions of the National Education Policy 2020 on the recognition of new teaching approaches. that improve learning outcomes in their classrooms. Convoke will help create a culture of using research-based pedagogy to improve learning outcomes in school education ”.
Addressing the rally at the event, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chair of the Bharti Foundation, said: “At the Bharti Foundation, we strive to improve the quality of teaching and the learning outcomes of teachers. and students in schools. We are honored to partner with NITI Aayog for CONVOKE 2021 at a pivotal time when NEP 2020 is rolled out nationwide. Together, we will provide a platform for educators to disseminate their knowledge across the country so that the goals set out in NEP 2020 can be achieved with speed and consistency. “
Mamta Saikia, CEO of Bharti Foundation, explained how CONVOKE has grown from a small-scale discussion forum to promote teacher interaction, to now become a unique platform of national stature that will promote micro-research teachers who will deepen policy development in the country.
Applications for CONVOKE are open now and applications will be accepted towards the end of January. More details on the event can be viewed at https://bhartifoundation.org/convoke/

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