A two-day International Multi-disciplinary e-conference on “Changing Narratives in the Learning Curves Peri-Pandemic” organized

A two-day International Multi-disciplinary e-conference on “Changing Narratives in the Learning Curves Peri-Pandemic” organized by the Post Graduate Studies, St Joseph’s college (A), Jakhama, Nagaland in collaboration with Veda Vignana Academic and Research Centre, Hyderbad and Ochre (India) came to a successful conclusion on the 11th of September, 2021. The Inaugural Session on 10th of September, 2021 started with a Welcome Address by Dr. Fr. George Keduolhou Angami, Principal, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama, Nagaland. Reflecting on the theme of the conference the keynote speaker, Mr Raveenthiran Vivekanantharasa of the Open University of Sri Lanka addressed the need for innovative learning in an age of digital learning and enhancing sustainability with quality education. This was followed by the first technical session where the resource person Dr. Prasenjit Biswas, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, NEHU, Shillong, Meghalaya talked of a new human predicament that is marked by a perennial state of insecurity where everyone has become wary of the other. This he pointed out is the worst form of infection which has lead to an inverse humanity, as a result of the insecurities affecting not just physical distancing but also the human hearts and souls. The second technical session addressed by Dr. J. P Senthil Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, Faculty of Finance, GITAM (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru emphasized that re-learning has become the new norm of learning. The biggest challenge that this new learning poses is how to engage meaningfully with the students thus in order for the educators to efficiently function as facilitators one has to equip oneself with the three Cs, i.e., Connection, Confidence and Content.

A total of 30 papers were presented by students, scholars and faculty members from various academic disciplines across the country and overseas. It was attended by around 300 participants during the two days e-conference. The technical sessions were followed by a panel discussion that focused on ways and means of envisioning sustainable strategies post pandemic. While Dr. Ngoru Nixon of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Delhi, Dr Rita Bansal of Amity University, Mumbai, Ms. Akshaya Desai of Amity University, Mumbai and Mr. Sentilong Ozukum, SDO (Civil), Mokokchung, Nagaland were the panelists, Dr Mhonthung Yanthan of St Joseph’s College (A), Jakhma, Nagaland moderated the discussion. The conference ended with Dr. Fr George Pezalhoukho, Co-ordinator, Post Graduate Studies giving the valedictory address and the vote of thanks was prosposed by Ms. Debolina Mukherjee, the Conference Convenor.