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Conference on Education: Breaking the Barrier

Background and Objectives

Since its establishment in 1920, the role of Jamia Millia Islamia in experimentation and bringing innovations in education has been unique. It has always recognized the need for close interaction with the society and being responsive to the societal needs as necessary to contribute to the national development. The first experiment in this direction conducted by Dr. Zakir Husain in 1926 in the form of evolving a model on “Basic Education” by linking education to the social needs and using educational interventions for all round growth and development is internationally recognized. Realizing that even after 50 years of attaining independence, education in general and higher education in particular is restricted to only a small proportion of the total population, Jamia Millia Islamia established the Mass Communication research Center. The Center undertook the major task of taking education to the masses through its audio-visual programs under the countrywide classroom project.


During the past one decade, the globalization of education has given rise to new challenges particularly for the developing countries like India. While on the one hand they are unable to check the mass exodus of its highly educated young generation to developed countries causing brain drain, they struggle to compete with a large number of foreign universities who are on an aggressive spree to export higher education. Efforts on part of universities in India to export higher education even though potential for that exist particularly in West, Central and South East Asia, remain much below the required level. Lack of information about the Indian education system and psychological barriers appear to be the major impediments in attracting foreign students to Indian Universities. On the other hand, a substantial proportion of the population particularly in rural areas continue to be illiterate. Different forms and systems of education, particularly in a pluralistic society like India, have their relevance and need to be recognized. The generalized propaganda against madarsa education in the recent past completely undermines its role in the spread of literacy and education among masses. What perhaps we need is to provide linkages between traditional systems of education such as madarsa education and modern education. There is a need to work out strategies to bridge the gap. Distance Education and its potential to achieve this require to be explored. In particular, the role of Information Technology in transforming the educational system and making education accessible and affordable to larger cross-section of the society is immense and needs to be fully exploited.

The Conference aims at addressing these & other related issues.


Internationalization of Education
The Global Scenario
The Indian Scenario
Exporting the Indian Education
Barriers in Education 
Educational Infrastructure in the Urban and Rural India
Opportunities of Education for the less-privileged sections of the society
Linkages between the madarsa education and the modern education
The Digital Divide in Education
Divide and Disparities in Education Management of Higher Education
Breaking the Barriers
Improvement in Management and Efficiency in Education
Distance Education and Open Learning
The Role of ICT in Education
Authors of both invited and contributed papers are requested to send a one page Abstract of the manuscript on a good quality A4-size paper, typed in single space, with the top, bottom and side margins of 2.5 cms each using the MS word 97 or higher version. An electronic version of the Abstract as well as the Full Paper (E-mail or floppy) will be appreciated. The Abstract should clearly specify.
Title of the paper,
Name(s) of Author(s),
Affiliation/ Name & Address of the Institution,
E-Mail ID and Fax No. 
An early submission of camera-ready Full Papers through post or e-mail attachment will be highly appreciated.
Limited accommodation may be provided to outside participants in the University Guest House on payment basis, subject to availability. Otherwise, participants will have to arrange their own accommodation.  

Presentation Facilities

For presentation, LCD and Overhead Projectors will be provided. Slide Projector might be made available if the speakers send a prior request for the same well in advance.

Financial Assistance

No financial assistance towards travel etc. will be provided to the participants. However, the organizers will provide hospitality during the business hours of the conference.



The Registration Fee is as follows:
 Delegates from Educational Institutions and Govt. Organizations  - Rs. 500/-
 Delegates from Public Sector Undertakings and Industry - Rs. 1000/-
The Registration Fee may be submitted in the form of Demand Draft favouring the Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia, payable at New Delhi. Alternately, the Registration Fee is payable in cash at the venue of the Conference. 
The duly-filled Registration Form should be sent by post or e-mail so as to reach the Convener EBB-2003 by 20th March 2003, alongwith the Registration Fees.

Contact/Mailing Address

Prof. Zahid H. Khan, Convenor EBB-2003
Registrar & Hony. Director, Centre for Information Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025
Fax: (011) 2698 0229 ; Telephone: (011) 2698 0337 (O)
khanz.ph@jmi.ernet.in, Conference E-Mail: ebb2003@jmi.ernet.in         


Submission of Registration Form          :    20th March 2003
Submission of Full Paper(s)                 :    20th March 2003