Professor Kriben Pillay, Keynote Speaker at Central University of Technology Research Seminar General

Professor Kriben Pillay delivering his keynote address.Professor Kriben Pillay delivering his keynote address.

UKZN’s Professor Kriben Pillay was the keynote speaker at Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology’s Annual Prestige Research Seminar hosted by the Faculty of Management Sciences.

The Seminar was attended by the entire Faculty and postgraduate students.

Pillay’s address was on the challenges to Higher Education, specifically examining the paradigm of separation that is still the current discourse in many disciplines.

When questioned by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Albert Strydom, about how he viewed the call to decolonise the curriculum, Pillay replied that it was a complex matter that went beyond mere change of content, which is not being disputed, but had to take into account the very process of thinking itself.

This by its very nature was a divisive activity which therefore called for the cultivation of a higher form of perception, which is currently totally ignored by the Academy, except in small emerging pockets of inquiry.

Professor Crispen Chapunza, the seminar co-ordinator, wrote in an email thanking Pillay for his participation: ‘It was indeed a pleasure to have you as our guest. ‘We are privileged because you left us with a treasure, the poem, summarising all the papers presented and the message each one of them contained.’