Photo - Dr. K Mallikharjuna Babu, Principal,  BMS College of Engineering addressing the media

Bangalore, Tuesday, May 31, 2016: All around Asia, there is a growing concern about the role of creativity in higher education. Even though technological developments have been on the rise for quite some time, major breakthroughs in science and technology rarely occur here. In India, both educators and employers point out that graduates excel in taking tests and performing specific tasks but lack imagination when it comes to developing new ideas and inventions.

To deliberate on this, BMS College of Engineering, India’s first private engineering college which has been ranked the top engineering college in Bangalore and ranked #4 amongst the private engineering colleges in India, today announced theInternational Conference on the theme “Liberal education and the future of the University” in association with India Platform, Ghent University. The two-day conference will be held at the BMSCE campus from June 10-11, 2016. India Platform is a consortium of Indian and European universities, colleges, hospitals and companies working together in the framework of a specific vision on 21st century collaboration between Europe and India

Announcing the same was Dr. K Mallikharjuna Babu, Principal, BMS College of Engineering and Dr. G N Shekar, Vice Principal, BMS College of Engineering along with Prof. Jakob De Roover, Research Professor in India Studies, Department of Comparative Science of Cultures, University of Ghent, Belgium, on behalf of India Platform.

Announcing the International Conference, Dr. Mallikharjuna Babu shared, “The remedy seems self-evident: to introduce genuine liberal education into the Indian higher education landscape so that students ‘learn to think for themselves’. This international conference will examine the past and present attempts at introducing the liberal education model in the universities and colleges of India. It will examine the difficulties and obstacles that stand in the way of doing so successfully.”

The conference will focus on subjects like, The university and the crisis of the social sciences and humanities since the Cold War; The disintegration of liberal education in the West; The impact of colonialism on Indian Education; Introducing Indian Culture in Higher education.