The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical, can verify and not just accept everything they are offered.” This was the observation of a French Psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980).
Concerns about methods and results of education are not new. It is being felt since long that the present system of education is largely producing individuals incapable of thinking for themselves and making appropriate decisions. Technology has added to it by making it possible to access information immediately after publication, much before they find a place in the text book. Every bit of information is available at hand, regardless of its quality, reliability and applicability. It is left entirely on the person accessing it to identify the usable piece and discard the other. Thus, educationists today have a different role to play as guides and students have more skills to learn. Just having good basic knowledge of one’s own subject doesn’t suffice; they also have to acquire skills of effective communication, critical evaluation & application to be able to derive relevant conclusions and apply them in tackling with practical day to day problems. Evidence Based Education System (EBES)isaninnovationineducation system designed and planned to overcome these problems. Ithas been implemented in Sumandeep Vidyapeeth at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the salient features being incorporation of evidences in routine undergraduate lectures and promoting peer group teaching, evidence based journal clubs, evidence based research and hands on searching and appraisal of evidences at bed side during clinical rounds.
EBESCON is one of the components of EBES being followed by the university. The university hosts this international conference every three years with the aim to bring together like minded people to spread the evidence based concept. The first two events were successfully held in 2011 and 2014 which saw presence of stalwarts like Dr Gordon Guyatt, Dr Kameshwar Prasad and DrRegina Kunz. There were more than 400 delegates in each. The preconference workshops were also very popular among the participants and were well appreciated.
In the same series, we are organizing the 3rd EBESCON in November 2017 in partnership with International society for evidence based health care. Dr Gordon Guyatt and Dr Kameshwar Prasad are the keynote speakers. The much appreciated preconference workshops will also be held on the topics of general interest as in the previous events. So save dates from 16th to 18th Nov 2017 for attending this conference and workshops. Your participation matters. Only with your support we can make the event a grand success. Meet you all in Nov 2017.