Below is a copy of letter sent by Dr. Manu Vora (Chemical 1968) to Smt. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister. The letter was sent to share a best practice of "Free Knowledge Transfer Using Technology - IIT (BHU) Alumni MOOCs".
MOOC means Massive Open Online Courses. It is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education which was first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.
(Mrs. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister)
Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani is as shown below. The attachment sent with the letter can be viewed here.
16 February, 2015
Hon. Smt. Smriti Irani
Union Minister, Human Resource Development
Shastri Bhawan, C-Wing, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi 110001, India
Dear Hon. Smt. Smriti Irani Ji:
The purpose of this letter is to share a best practice of "Free Knowledge Transfer Using Technology - IIT (BHU) Alumni MOOCs". Graduates of engineering colleges in India are technically brilliant, however, they lack necessary soft skills as highlighted by the corporate world. To remedy this issue, in August 2014, a Leadership Excellence Series (LES) was initiated atIIT (BHU), Varanasi in collaboration with IIT BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA), American Society for Quality (ASQ) India, and Business Excellence, Inc. (BEI), USA. This series will help students to improve their employability and allow them to excel in their professional careers. Eventually, such initiatives of using a reservoir of untapped potential of global alumni may help India to be counted in top 200 Universities in the world.
Under LES, 12 topics are shared by IIT (BHU) global alumni with students and faculty at the IIT (BHU) campus. Topics includeleadership, teamwork, time management, meeting management, decision making, project management, risk management, quality management, voice of the customer management, process management, change management, and supply chain management. This series uses Google Hangouts On Air (Free video call) to connect with students at the campus hostels and at the conclusion of the call an YouTube recording is available for wider sharing (6,500 students and faculty) at the campus. Please refer to Pages 2 and 3 of the attachment for details about this initiative.
The IIT (BHU) alumni request your help to kindly share this best practice initiative among all IITs, NITs, IIMs, and AIIMS throughout India to engage highly accomplished global alumni to give back to India to build Skills, develop Scale, and achieve Speed. This will be a free Global Initiative of Alumni Networks-2 (GIAN-2). This initiative will enhance competency of Indian youth to achieve the Mission of "Make In India" and "Zero Defects, Zero Effects" in Nation Building. We at IIT (BHU), IBGAA, and ASQ India stand ready to facilitate this innovative practice among higher educational institutions for Engineering, Management, and Medicine. This initiative is in resonance with Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya's Temple of Learning (BHU) vision of graduating students with technological expertise and passion to serve the Society for nation building. I have included my short biographical sketch for your perusal on Page 4 of the attachment.
Thank you for your consideration.
Manu K. Vora
Manu K. Vora, Ph.D., MBA, ASQ Fellow and CQE
IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Chemical Engineering 1968
Advisor of Eminence, Business Excellence, ASQ India
Chairman and President, Business Excellence, Inc., USA
Adjunct Faculty, School of Professional Studies, Northwestern University, USA
Visiting Faculty, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India
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CC: Hon. Shri Pranab Mukherjee (President)
Hon. Shri Narendra Modi (Prime Minster)
Hon. Smt. Sushma Swaraj (Union Minister, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs)
Hon. Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda (Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
Hon. Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union Minister, Ministry of Science & Technology)
Hon. Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship)
Hon. Shri Manoj Sinha (Minister of State, Ministry of Railways, IIT (BHU) Alumnus)
Hon. Smt. Anandiben Patel (Chief Minister, State of Gujarat)
Hon. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed (Consul General of India, Chicago, USA)
Hon. Shri. Girdhar Malaviya (Former Justice, Allahabad High Court)
Hon. Dr. Karan Singh (Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Chancellor, BHU)
Prof. Girish Chandra Tripathi (Vice-Chancellor, BHU)
Prof. Rajeev Sangal (Director, IIT (BHU), Varanasi)
Mr. Adil Zainulbhai (Chairman, Quality Council of India)
Mr. Amit Chatterjee (Managing Director, ASQ India)
Mr. Vish Narayanan (President, IIT BHU Global Alumni Association - IBGAA)
Encl: Letter to Hon. Smriti Irani, MHRD
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