The Colombo Plan Staff College and the PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India successfully organized a five-day in-country program and national conference on February 10-14, 2020. A total of 27 participants from all over the country attended the seminar, and an additional 300 persons attended the national conference.

The program was realized on the premise that leadership continues to play a key role in the management of TVET institutions and the success of the organization. The success of the institution depends on their ability to efficiently manage the changes. Thus, change management is a necessary step in ensuring that the organization faces possible tensions, illogicalities and irregularities with managed and anticipated change.

The program participants during the lectures

The program covered the following topics: (1) Educational transformation through leadership; (2) PDCA Module for a Change Leader; (3) Building culture of excellence though change management; (4) Change management tools to drive change and (5) Change management strategies.

Supervising the program was Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General and Dr. Rajesh Khambayat, Joint Director of PSSCIVE, Bhopal and a Former CPSC Faculty Consultant. Providing overall program coordination as the resource person is Dr. Romulita Alto, CPSC Project-Based Faculty Consultant and former Faculty Consultant. Meanwhile, local arrangements were facilitated by Dr. Vinay Swarup Malhotra, Head of the Center for International Relationship of PSSCIVE. In addition, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, CPSC’s Former Director General and Former head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC in Germany, attended the program as one of the chief guests

Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (left) and Dr. Romulita C. Alto (right) delivering their respective opening remarks during the program’s inauguration on February 10, 2020. (Photo from the PSSCIVE Website)

The program aims to demonstrate a deeper understanding, awareness and explain the need for leadership and change management, demonstrate change leadership with the ability to influence and enthuse others through personal advocacy, vision and drive and to access resources to build a solid platform for change. They are expected to apply change management principles in TVET operations.

National Conference on Reimagining TVET for a Changing World: Perspectives and Practices.

Dr. Romulita Alto delivering the opening speech during the conference. A 2-day conference was held at the PSSCIVE auditorium on February 11-12, 2020 to further supplement the in-country program and invite key persons from the Indian TVET system to a gathering that will tackle the re-imagination of TVET in a dynamic world.

The program was opened by the Chief Guest of the session, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, the former head of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre based in Bonn, Germany through an opening remarks. Accompanying him are PSSCIVE and CPSC officials namely: Professor N. Pradhan, Principal, Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal; Dr. C. Thangaraj, Director, NITTTR, Bhopal, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, Director General, Colombo Plan Staff College, Manila, Philippines and Dr. Romulita Alto, Program Coordinator and CPSC Project-Based Faculty Consultant.

Dr. Majumdar presented the major trends impacting the future of jobs and a new vision for TVET in the 21st century. He added that the 4th Industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 may have the potential to create disruptions in our lives but added that any new innovation or technology will first create disruption and then lead to transformation.

Dr. Lamichhane meanwhile spoke at the conference with a paper with a title "TVET for Global Competitiveness Need for 21st Century". He discussed the necessary skills to grow there in which he tackled the need not only to grow indefinitely.

Themes mark the conference’s specific aims and these are the following: (1) emerging perspectives in the future of work; (2) transforming TVET for Industry 4.0 (3) upskilling and reskilling of today’s workforce and TVET teachers’ development for Industry and (4) TVET excellence and innovation. These themes aim to guide you during the program and help in providing resources. All the lessons and insights were compiled and presented as the “Bhopal Declaration” which synthesizes all the speeches, points and other important things that were discussed in the 2-dat conference into one document calling for action.

Dr. Rajesh Khambayat addressing the audience as the PPSCIVE joint director ((Photo from the PSSCIVE Website)

A copy of the program’s output report and other publications were presented by the program officials during the closing ceremony.