The last three decades have witnessed major modifications in the functioning of Indian Universities. These changes include the introduction of the semester system, significant revamping of curricula, greater heterogeneity in student profiles, amendments in evaluation processes and increased access to different kinds of technology. Educational discourses and practises must take cognizance of these changes. The role of various technological tools and their utility in improving pedagogical methods within classrooms characterised by diversity and large teacher-student ratios must be collectively deliberated upon by educators. Discussions on the use of technology for research are also much needed, especially given the lack of good quality research in the country. The changing landscape of higher education, the vast numbers of students entering tertiary education and the identification of shortcomings in past systems beckon us to devise strategies and practises by which growing demands for quality education can be addressed.
The IQAC seminar held on the 25th of March, 2017 at LSR and attended by several faculty members of college, was an attempt in this direction. The themes discussed in the seminar were Digital Technology and Higher Education (by Prof. N.V. Varghese, Director, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, NUEPA), Pedagogical Challenges and Possibilities (by Prof. M.M. Pant, Former Pro- Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU), Using Technological Tools for Teaching and Research (by Dr. Sushila Madan, Associate Professor, LSR and Ms. Jyoti Darbari, Assistant Professor, LSR), Using Technology to Enable Inclusivity (by Dr. Mahesh Panicker, Assistant Professor, LSR) and Plagiarism and Impact Factor (by Dr. Margam Madhusudan, Associate Professor, Department of Library Science and Informatics, University of Delhi).