Devdutt Pattanaik on Principles of Teaching at Chitkara University’s B.Ed Orientation
Chitkara College of Education (CCE), Chitkara University, Punjab, welcomed the 2023–25 batch of its B.Ed and M.Ed in an orientation program.
Familiarising the students with the ethos and practices of the college, an orientation program, christened “Shikshan Shastra”, was organised for the students, which saw the presence of industry greats such as author and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, ex-dean, business school, City University Ajman, HS Anant and Ashish Verma, associate professor with Chitkara Design School.
The event kicked off with the lighting of a lamp, a brief introduction of the university, and a welcome note by the college dean, which was followed by enlightening talks on the means of effective teaching by the program’s keynote speaker, Pattanaik.
He has written 50 books in 15 languages and conducted a session on “Mastering the Teaching Mantras” regarding the core principles of teaching. Highlighting a thought-provoking perspective towards the teaching, he touched upon the realms of mythology and management.
In his concluding remarks, Pattanaik appreciated the university for excellent B.Ed and M.Ed program, which have been designed in sync with the requirements of Industry 4.0 and cater to the demands of the present generation’s learning styles.
In another session conducted by HS Anant, he delved into effective communication skills for teachers. Anant apprised the students of the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in classrooms.
Alpha-teachers and alpha-masters participated in a storytelling activity, which made them understand the concept of noise in communication and how the information eventually gets distorted when communicated by different people.
In the last session conducted by Ashish Verma on “Photography: As essential pedagogical tool,” he highlighted the importance of photography as a memory and a digital diary. He gave the audience an idea about the museum of material memory.
Addressing the students, Madhu Chitkara, pro-chancellor, Chitkara University, remarked, “It is very crucial to keep pace with the latest educational trends and techniques when it comes to teaching the learners of today. Understandably, it is a challenge for present-day teachers to come up with engaging lessons for these learners, who already consume a great amount of digital content on a daily basis. With mastering the principles of teaching and incorporating rewarding practices like movement and expressive arts therapy in education, teachers can help learners engage their mind, body, and emotions in the process of learning that shall undoubtedly bear promising outputs. I wish the young learners of BEd and MEd Batch 2023–25 the best of luck for their academic pursuit’s journeys at CCE. I would like to extend my gratitude to the keynote speaker Devdutt Pattanaik, HS Anant and Ashish Verma, who have certainly described the merits of undertaking functional teaching practices along with following the golden tenets of teaching.”
Sharing her excitement and thoughts, one of the aspiring teachers of the BEd batch said that “Attending the orientation program on mastering teaching mantras has been a transformative experience. I learned that education goes beyond textbooks and lectures; it is about fostering creativity, self-expression, and emotional well-being.”
Chitkara University’s Chitkara College of Education (CCE) is delivering cutting-edge education programs designed to provide industry-relevant education and training.
The dynamic and research-informed curriculum is dedicated to nurturing highly competent educators. CCE serves as a stepping stone to ensuring future teachers’ success in the rapidly changing educational landscape. The college offers a two-year bachelor’s of education program, two-year master of education program and doctor of philosophy program in Education.