Quantum Holds Scholarly Discussion on Impact of Internet & Technology on a Students Behavior-PERSPECTIVE 2014Back
Quantum Global Campus, Roorkee, recently organized a learned discussion on its premises. Principals arrived from various schools of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Some of the most renowned schools of Roorkee, Haridwar, Haldwani, Meerut, Saharanpur, Nainital and many more districts showed great enthusiasm in visiting from hundreds of miles away to become a part of such a rich intellectual discussion with an association of the college officials and the faculty members.
Having seen and known pragmatic approach of Quantum, specifically in the teaching- learning process along with the excellent career support and leadership opportunities for upcoming technocrats & budding entrepreneurs, the guests were amazed at how much the Campus has accomplished in such a short span of time since its inception.
The Director General of the campus, Dr. S.C Handa & The Director, Prof. Rohit Kushwaha felicitated all the invited dignitaries and the chief guest- The Regional Officer of C.B.S.E board, Mr. Manoj Kumar Srivastava, by presenting bouquets and mementos. Dr. S.C. Handa and Prof. Rohit Kushwaha introduced the campus in terms of its history, achievements, educational-methodology, placements and social participation to the guests.
They further added that with the continuous untiring efforts made by the Board of Management and college officials towards quality education, have given Quantum a distinct and unique identity in the region, which in turn has manifested itself in the form of several awards and commendations that fill the campus’ showcase; out of them, the most recent awards are, “The best private engineering college in North India for academics for its outstanding contribution to education by Brands Academy, one of Asia’s leading Brand Management and Consulting Companies and Quantum School of Business, the No.1 MBA College in Uttarakhand and No.29 in North India by the Prestigious “The Week Magazine”.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Srivastava addressed the gathering by sharing his rich experience of academics and lots of valuable information on the topic including an alarming issue for all institutions that needs proper awareness & guidance to deal with it. He also stated that the impact of technology on society is both positive and negative. Technology has influenced every aspect of living and it has made life easier and more productive. Everything has become so easily available due to technology that it has lost its value; therefore excessive dependency on technology is commonly known as addiction which is always dangerous for one’s life and leads to moral and social decay and dissociation. Only proper knowledge and handling of this phenomenon can allow one to stay healthy and wealthy.
The aim of the meeting was to spread awareness about the current shift in student -attitudes and behavior due to the rapid proliferation of high quality learning resources on the internet and other electronic media. The effect of the availability of such a large amount of knowledge, free of cost, away from the environment of the classroom, the rapidly widening gap between children of rural and urban backgrounds with relation to access to such information, and the increasing disconnect between teachers and students due to remote access to course material were discussed with great fervor and enthusiasm with all sides of the argument.
In addition to this, the impact of internet and technology on a student’s behavior were discussed as the internet and technology have become a basic tool for trading, entertainment, communication, as well as education in the contemporary world. Internet and technology addiction commonly refer to an individual’s inability to control his or her use of the Internet (including any online-related, compulsive behavior) which eventually causes one marked distress and functional impairment in daily life. Research findings have shown that excessive use of Internet or Internet addiction adversely affects one’s physical health, family life, and academic performance.
The Chairman of the campus, Shri Ajay Goyal said “It is the paramount duty of every educational institution to encourage students to take up the chosen areas of their interests with proper career counseling, so that they can excel in their respective selected fields, taking every challenge with confidence.”He further said all educational institutes and schools must put efforts equally and be committed to deliver quality education with value addition in all the best possible ways to shape the future of a child who seeks guidance and learning with a hope of acquiring knowledge and individual recognition in career ahead.
The collective discussion traced a child’s education, which starts right away from home with moral education, which then evolves into more structured learning as the child is enrolled into schools where she dedicates her adolescence, in a sense her most productive years, for imbibing the fundamental corpus of knowledge that she shall require to navigate through life effectively, both as a person as well as a professional. The contribution of the internet and learning technologies developed in recent years was dissected and analyzed in minute details by the insightful participants.
The negative aspect of the increased pervasiveness of technology and its effect on young minds during the most impressionable time in their lives, was discussed next. Leaving aside the fact that increased dependence on online information essentially destroys a child’s ability to recall information and think methodically and critically, adolescent Internet addicts often suffer from severe psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, feeling of self-effacement, fear that life without Internet would be boring, empty, and joyless; as well as feeling of loneliness and social isolation. These effects are remarkably similar to symptom patterns seen in drug addicts. The incredibly perspicacious discussion was greatly enhanced by the unfettered and informal atmosphere created by the moderators and the warm hospitality provided by the management.
Not to be outdone by our guests, the faculty of Quantum also peppered the discussion with relevant information, new insights and witty anecdotes which did much to enliven an already spirited discussion.
The whole event was interesting and enlightening with glimpse of cross questioning and some good exchanges between the speakers and moderators.
Towards the end of the program, The Secretary of the campus, Mr. Shobhit Goyal proposed the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, management, organizers and all those who contributed to the program for sparing their precious time from their tight schedules with their blessings for a bright future for the students.