Programme Schedule*

   World Education Summit, 23rd- 24th April, 2013, Le Méridien, New Delhi


DAY 1 (23rd April, 2013)

8:30-9:30 am
9:30-11:00 am Inaugural Session

Strengthening Equity, Inclusion and Quality

Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India
• Shri Shahid Ali Khan, Minister, Minority Welfare and IT, Government of Bihar
• Shri Mantriprasad Naithani, Minister, Agriculture Marketing, School Education, Adult Education, Sanskrit Education and Drinking Water, Government of Uttarakhand
 Smt Naseem Akhtar Insaaf, State Education Minister, Government of Rajasthan
Prof Parvin Sinclair, Director, National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT)
 Prof (Dr) S S Mantha, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education
Dr Pascal Chazot, Elected Member of Parliament in France for the French Overseas; Founder and Head of School, Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Ahmedabad
Alisher Umarov, Chief of Education and Programme Specialist, UNESCO
Dr M P Narayanan. President, Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS)
11:00-11:30 am
Inauguration of Exhibition/ Tea Break +Expo Visit
11:30-1:00 pm PLENARY SESSION I

Harmonising Global Efforts: Strategies for Steering the Education Sector

CHAIR: Amit Khare, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
Dr Pascal Chazot, Elected Member of Parliament in France for the French Overseas; Founder and Head of School, Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), Ahmedabad
Dr Ashwini Kumar Sharma, Managing Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT)
Vimal Wakhlu, Chairman & Managing Director, Telecommunications Consultants India Limited
1:00-2:00 pm
Networking Lunch + Visit to Expo
School Education
Higher Education
Special Session
2:00-3:30 pm Education 3.0: Blended Learning, Multimedia Content & Supportive Teaching tools to Promote Student EngagementBlended learning has eased way for teachers to maximise and optimise the learning process in classrooms. These days, with help of blended learning teachers can assess and review assignments in a hassle free and frequent manner. Not only that, it has given way to teachers to help students learn at their own pace.Session Highlights:

  • Effective blended learning models adopted by schools
  • Use of innovative ideas to foster student engagement
  • Challenges faced by schools in adoption of blended learning models


CHAIR: Prabhakar Rao Polasani, Chairman, Rao’s Group of Educational Institutions, Hyderabad
Lokesh Mehra, Director-Education Advocacy, Microsoft
Ganesh S, Business Development Manager, DLP Products, Texas Instruments (India) Ltd
Mark Parkinson, Executive Director, Head of School, Kunskapsskolan Eduventures, Gurgaon
Sundaram Ramaswamy, Chief Executive Officer, Xcallibre Digital Pen Solutions Pvt Ltd
Kunal Sharma, Founder and Director, Mexus Education
Prof (Dr) Fong Soon Fook, Professor, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Fostering Excellence: Transformative Practices towards Ensuring Quality in Higher EducationWith the issue of improving the quality of higher education gaining top priority in the agenda of Twelfth Five Year Plan, it has become important to discuss on the diverse ways to impart education to ensure quality, relevance and innovativeness in the system.Session Highlights

  • Changing patterns of higher education and accreditation in a globalised context
  • Curriculum practices and need for maintaining quality standards in education
  • Challenges and opportunities for higher education in the changing times
  • Strategies for creating excellence in higher education

CHAIR:• Dr Amir Ullah Khan, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, India
Dr G James Pitchai, Vice Chancellor, Bhararhiar University
Nagendran S, Executive Vice President, MeritTrac Services Pvt Ltd
Jaya Jha, Head, Product & Marketing, Aurus Network
Ullas Sathyanarayana, Co-Founder & Director, Cogknit Semantics Pvt Ltd
Supreet Kaur, Head, Marketing and Alliances, Harness Handitouch

New Financing and Business Models in EducationCHAIR:
Ujjawal Singh, Partner Indus Balaji
Naveen Jha, CEO, Deshpande Foundation; and Managing Trustee, Deshpande Education Trust; President-TiE-Hubli
Melwin Braggs, Business Lead, Develop Schools
Seema Jhingan, Partner, LexCounsel Law Offices, New Delhi
3:30-4:00 pm
Tea Break+Visit to Expo
 School Education  Higher Education  Special Session
4:00-6:00 pm International Schools in India: Challenges & OpportunitiesInternational education began in response to the needs of multinational group of students whose expatriate parents had been brought together by diplomacy or trade. International schools provide education for international mindedness. With globalisation changing the world, multicultural groups of students have become a norm in many schools. International educators are facing new challenges and new opportunities as globalisation metaphorically shrinks the distance and the difference between nation states.
Session Highlights:

  • The challenges that are faced by international school educators as they consider implications of a globalised world
  • The new teaching methods which will highlight the opportunities to make a student globalised citizens


CHAIR:Steven Rudolph, Director, Jiva Education
• Ryan Pinto, CEO, Ryan Group of Schools
• Rajeev Katyal, Country Director (India), Global Indian International School, New Delhi
 Lina Ashar, Founder, Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd
• Priyamvada Taneja, Development Manager, India, International Baccalaureate Organization
• Dr Vandana Lulla, Director & Principal, Podar International School (IB & CIE), Mumbai, Maharashtra
• Rita Wilson, Former Chief Executive and Secretary, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination; and Academic Lead, Develop Schools
• Manjula Pooja Shroff, CEO, Calorx, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Shreedeep Omchary, Vice President, DAV College Management Committee

Management Education: The Current Scenario and the Way ForwardThere are 385, 008 management institutions approved by AICTE and government too, is keen on setting up several more IIM like institutions in the country. With such a massive growth in the numbers, it is important only a collective effort from all stakeholders can help us address the challenges and explore the opportunities in improving the quality of education.Session Highlights

  • Impact of globalisation on management education
  • Challenges, opportunities and insights inmanagement education
  • Making the curriculum research-oriented
  • Increasing global demand for research and knowledge production
  • The virtues of IT in improving communication, efficiency and decision making in management college ecosystem

CHAIR: • Prof M J Xavier, Director, Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, Jharkhand
Dr M P Jaiswal, Chairman, Centre for Smart Innovation & Governance; Chairman, Process Rennovation Projects, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, Haryana
Prof P Rameshan, Director, Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, Haryana
Prof Pankaj Gupta, Director General, Jaipuria Institutes of Management
Rukaiya Joshi, Professor, S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Opportunities for Overseas Collaboration for Indian Institutions

Mark Parkinson, Executive Director, Kunskapsskolan Eduventures, Gurgoan
HE Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India
HE Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of Indonesia to India
Lt Boris Jelovšek, Minister Plenipotentiary,Republic of Slovenia
Robert O Ferrer, First Secretary, Embassy of the Philippines
6:00-7:30 pm Tea Break+Visit to Expo
7:30 pm onwards Awards Ceremony

 World Education Summit, 23rd- 24th April, 2013, Le Méridien, New Delhi


DAY 2 (24th April, 2013)

8:30-9:30 am Registration
9:30-11:00 am


Bridging Barriers: Moving towards Education for All

CHAIR:Prof Prem Vrat, Vice-Chancellor, ITM University, Gurgaon, Haryana
Dr S S Jena, Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling
Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Secretary, University Grants Commission
Alisher Umarov, Chief of Education and Programme Specialist, UNESCO

11:00-11:30 am
Visit to Expo + Tea Break
School Education
Higher Education

11:30 am-1:00 pm Early Childhood Education: Emerging Models for Innovation
During Early childhood, kids have a huge capacity to learn through various sensory organs. The more simulation they get through different senses, the better their brains develop.
Session Highlights: 

  • The various innovative ways of engaging these toddlers in better learning.
  • Skill development and motor skill enhancement.
  • The challenges faced by early childhood educators
  • The new, effective solutions and best practices followed by educators worldwide to counter these challenges



CHAIR:Amol Arora, Vice Chairman & MD, Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools
Dr Jitendra Nagpal, Program Director “Expressions India” The National Life Skills Education & School Wellness Program; Sr Consultant Psychiatrist & Incharge, Institute of Child Development & Adolescent
Health, Moolchand Medicity, New Delhi
Pooja Goyal, Director, Intellitots
Kaadambari Muttoo, Director Academics, Schools Division, Shri Ram New Horizons, New Delhi
Priya Krishnan, CEO, VBHC Education Services Pvt Ltd

Private Universities in India: Technical Education: Opportunities and ChallengesAs per current information from University Grants Commission, there are 154 Private Universities established by the Acts of the Legislatures of different States in the country. Many of these private universities have brought with themselves innovative models of operation.Session Highlights

  • Innovative means adopted by private universities while conducting admissions, designing the curriculum,their teaching pedagogy and the placement process
  • Strategies for creating inclusion in higher education
  • Blending effective knowledge delivery and technological advancements in the curriculum
  • Regulatory challenges being faced by private universities and possible solution


CHAIR:  • Prof Prem Vrat, Vice-Chancellor, ITM University, Gurgaon, Haryana
Dr Francis C Peter, Vice-Chancellor & President, Dr K N Modi University, Rajasthan
Dr Anup K Singh, Director General & Chairman, Nirma University, Gujarat
Padmakali Banerjee, Pro Vice-Chanellor, Amity University, Gurgaon, Haryana
Prof. Satish C. Sharma, CMD & Professor in Management, Maharaja Group of Colleges
Dr G Viswanathan, Founder & Chancellor, VIT University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Dr R S K Laksshmana Prabhu, Director-Admissions, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology,
Dr Akshai Aggarwal, Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, Guajrat
Dr Kuncheria P. Isaac, Member Secretary, AICTE

1:00-2:00 pm Networking Lunch +Visit to Expo
2:00-3:30 pm Capacity Building of Educators: Teachers, Training, TechnologyTeachers are the backbone of educational institutions. With the changing paradigm of education, teachers have to be empowered with knowledge, resources and support so that they do their jobs of shaping students’ future well.Session Highlights:

  • Three Ts – Teachers, Training and Technology – and deal with various new and innovative methods to enhance the teachers’ capabilities.
  • The Teacher Capacity Building Programmes for developing teaching skills and techniques focused on enhancing skills and knowledge of teachers on using ICT as a tool.
  • The various CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) for improving teaching and learning strategies.


CHAIR:Prof Parvin Sinclair, Director, National Council for Education Research and Training
Dr Dinesh Kumar, Additional Commissioner (Academics), Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation
Shalini Nambiar, Director, Excelsior American School, Gurgaon, Haryana
Dr Termit Kaur Ranjit Singh, Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Lakshmi Kumar, Director, Pradnya Niketan Education Society & Coordinator, Sweden-India Project Inter-Cultural Training Specialist
Monika Mehan, Principal, DAV Public School, Khera Khurd, New Delhi

Vocational Training: Enhancing Employability Skills of the Youth: Role of Vocational TrainingVocational Education and Training (VET) is an important element of the nation’s education initiative. Union Budget 2013 declared that one million students may be provided Rs.10, 000 each on completing skill training courses. The vocational institutes affiliated to the State Council of Vocational Training have been added to negative list of service tax making the courses affordable for the youth.National Skill Development  Corporation (NSDC) that came into existence as a part of a national skill development mission aims to achieve about 30 per cent of the overall target of delivering skills to 500 million people in India by 2022 through private sector intervention in skill  development programmes and funding.AICTE too have widened their focus on skill development through vocational training as a part of their agenda.In order for Vocational Education to play its part effectively in the changing national context and for India to enjoy the fruits of the demographic dividend, there is an urgent need to redefine the critical elements of imparting vocational education and training to make them flexible, contemporary, relevant, inclusive and creative.Session Highlights

  • Recommendations for policies with the need for implementation at State and National Level
  • Suggestions for possible models to introduce Vocational Education at the higher / tertiary levels
  • The need for introducing Vocational education at the school education

CHAIR: • Prof B Venkat Rathnam, Vice-Chancellor, Kakatiya University
 Dr U C Pandey, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre
• Dr Aarti Srivastava, Associate Professor, NUEPA
• Abhishek Pandit, Director, Business Services, AISECT
Amit Kumar, Managing Director,
Dr A Kumar, Institute of Education; & President, Cyberfort Technologies

3:30-4:00 pm Tea Break+Visit to Expo
4:00-5:30 pm   Industry-Academia Bridge: Channelising Collaborative ModelsThe challenges of finding job-ready workers who can easily sink into an organisation from day one continue to ail employers, it has become necessary that we discuss various models that would help students learn organizational behavior from day one of their course.Session Highlights:

  • Highlight on how institutes of higher education can best impart problem-solving and social skills to the students
  • Augment the creativity so that they are considered as valuable human assets by the company
  • Need to inculcate soft-skills training in the curriculum
  • Importance of including industry-based internships as a part of the course


CHAIR: Shakila Shamsu, Officer on Special Duty, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
Dr Sandhya Chintala, Executive Director, Sector Skills Council, NASSCOM
Dr Deepak Shah, Secretary,
Kamala Education Society (KES)
Dr Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University
Prof (Dr) Sandip P Solanki, Director, MBA Dept, M H Gardi School of Management, Gardi Vidyapith, Rajkot
Capt H A Arfi, IAS, (Retd) Director AICC & AIESR, Amity University, Noida
Ritesh Mehta, Gujrat Knowledge Society

Creating Excellence In School Education – A Round TableDiscussion Education is the best gift that a country can give to its youth. With the strength of the school education sector being as high as 230 million students, it is very important to ensure that they receive the best as each of them is a potential future leader.There is a great need for the educators and parents to come together and collaboratively strategise means to promote excellence in schools.CHAIR:Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation
Muhammad Husain Zulqarnain, The Knowledge Bridges International Schools, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Anita Dua, Principal, Delhi Public School, East Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Lt Col (Retd) A Sekhar, Principal,Atul Vidyalaya, Gujarat
Shivananda R Koteshwar (Shivoo), Director, The Amaatra Academy, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Henry Jayakaaran, Principal, Gateway-The Complete School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Dr M V Krishnamachari, Principal, Vidya Global School, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Dr Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, Principal, Sir Padampat Singhania Education Centre, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Shanthi Menon, Principal, The Deens Academy, Bangalore, Karnataka
Sunil Shriwastav, Principal, Kids’ Kingdom Public School, Khurgaon, Nanded, Maharashtra
Kavita Das, Principal, St John’s High School, Chandigarh
Anirudh Gupta, CEO, DCM Group of Schools
Virendra Rawat, Mentor-Green Education, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Steven Rudolph, Director, Jiva Education
Col V K Gaur, Advisor, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions
5:30-6:30 pm Valedictory Session

* Tentative