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International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conferences on Internet Technologies & Society (ITS), Education Technologies (ICEduTECH), and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE) (Melbourne, Australia, Dec 6-8, 2016)

This paper notes that education needs to essentially lead to sustainable development serving two-fold purpose--eradicating the problems of unemployment and poverty; and ensuring equitable distribution of wealth while ensuring the right understanding leading to a peaceful, prosperous and developed world. In its current state, technical education doesn't seem to serve the above two objectives. The paper presents a holistic view of technical education in India. In order to ensure sustainable development for India in the contemporary global scenario, the paper finds technical education to be one of the core competencies that need to be developed. The paper observes that there seems to be no linkage between the "education" being provided in the country and these problems getting solved. In order to provide a real educational solution for all-encompassing development of India, the paper suggests that "what to do" is the real question for technical education than just "how to do". The paper suggests a model for the State (province) of Punjab in India to elaborate on the model of technical education for sustainable development. [For full proceedings, see ED571459.]

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainable Development, Unemployment, Poverty, Economic Factors, Technical Education, Global Approach, Competence, Correlation, Social Problems, Higher Education, Employment Qualifications, Engineering Education, College Graduates, Agriculture

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Author: Sharma, Gagan Deep; Uppal, Raminder Singh; Mahendru, Mandeep



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