20th WES Agenda



09:30 – 10:30Inauguration Ceremony
Opening Remarks: Dr. Ravi Gupta, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia Pvt. Ltd.
Keynote Address: Prof (Dr) Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE)
M Nagarajan, Director, Higher Education Department, Government of Gujarat
Amit Goyal, Head – Head, India & S.E Asia, edX
10:30 – 11:00Industry Presentation: Blending MIT-Harvard credentials in Indian Degrees
Amit Goyal, Head, India & S.E Asia, edX
11:30 – 12:30Panel Discussion 1: National Education Policy (NEP): Can it make a difference to Higher Education in India
Prof. Rajat Moona, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhilai
Dr Pawan Kumar Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Tiruchirappalli
Prof. (Dr.) Navin Sheth, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad
Dr A M Rawani, Director, National Institute of Technology(NIT), Raipur
Prof R N Saha, Vice Chancellor, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani
12:30 – 13:00Industry Presentation on “How Blockchain Technology Is Revolutionizing Education” by Rahil Ahmed, Global Sales Manager, Educhain
13:00 – 13:30Institute Presentation: The National Education Policy 2020 and University Governance by Prof. Rao Bhamidimarri, President, Institute of Advanced Research (IAR), Gandhinagar
13:30 – 14:00Expo & Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00Panel Discussion 2: COVID 19 Pandemic: How has it changed the Indian Higher Education Ecosystem
Panelists –
Moderator: K C Mishra, Product Manager- Special Projects, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd
Dr. Siddharth Jabade, Vice Chancellor, Vishwakarma University, Pune
Dr. R. Shridhar, Vice Chancellor, Kalinga University, Raipur
Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Mumbai
Philip Murray, Regional Vice President Asia, Blackboard
Shefali Verma, Associate Director and Head E-Governance, Chandigarh University
15:00 – 15:30Industry Presentation: Building a digital campus: Strategy and tools for technology-enabled teaching and learning by Dr Prem Das Maheshwari, Business Director, D2L
15:30 – 15:45Expo & Tea Break
15:45 – 16:45Panel Discussion 3: The Need for Universities and Colleges in India to make students industry-ready and focus on future skills
Moderator: Dr Nitin Malik, Registrar, DR B R Ambedkar University, Delhi
Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Founding Vice Chancellor, Sai University
Prof. (Dr.) Vikas Singh, Vice Chancellor, ITM University, Raipur
Prof. Shalini Gupta, Vice Chancellor, Desh Bhagat University, Punjab
Prof. Raghuvir Singh, Vice Chancellor, Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU), Moradabad
Prof. Rajat Gupta, Professor, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar & Former Director, NIT, Srinagar & Mizoram
16:45 – 17:15Industry Presentation
17:15 – 18:15Panel Discussion 4: Acceleration of Private Higher Education in India: Road map ahead?
Dr. Sendilkumar.B, Dean and Director, Health Sciences Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation-DU, Salem
Dr. N. S. Vyawahare, Campus Director, Dr. D. Y. Patil Educational Complex, Pune
Dr. Pradosh Kumar Adhvaryyu, Director, Siliguri Institute of Technology, Siliguri
Dr. Nataraj K.R, Dean & Director (R&D), Don Bosco institute of Technology, Bangalore
Dr Vikas Misra, Group Director, Geetanjali Group of Colleges, Udaipur
Fr Dr Francis A.V, SJ, Principal, Loyola College of Education, Sikkim


09:00 – 10:00Opening Session: 20th World Education Summit, Higher Education
Opening Remarks –
Dr. Ravi Gupta, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Elets Technomedia Pvt. Ltd
Keynote Address: Prof. K. Rama Mohan Rao, Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State council of higher education, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Dr. Indrajit Bhattacharya, Director, National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), Quality Council of India
10:30 – 11:30Panel Discussion 1: How Technology is impacting Higher education in India
Moderator: Sudhakar Rao, Director-Branding, ICFAI Group
Prof. Dr. T.G.Sitharam, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati
Dr. Yajulu Medury, Vice Chancellor, Mahindra University, Hyderabad
Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, CEO, IIT Kanpur Foundation for Innovation & Research in Science & Technology (FIRST) Startup and Incubation, Kanpur
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor, Symbiosis International (Deemed University) & Principal Director, Symbiosis, Pune
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor, World University of Design, Sonipat
11:30 – 12:00Industry Presentation
12:00 – 12:25Industry Presentation: Challenges of hiring the right talent in the education sector by Mr. Nitil Gupta, Co-founder & Director, Eduvacancy
12:25 – 12:30 Expo & Lunch Break
12:30 – 13:30Panel Discussion 2: The Role of Proctoring Tools in Hybrid Teaching
Moderator: Nick Benwell, Senior Solutions Engineer, Blackboard
Prof. (Dr.) S. P. Singh, Vice Chancellor, Royal Global University, Guwahati
Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Vice Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal
Rahul Singhi, Co- Founder Poornima University and Director Poornima Group, Poornima University, Vidhani
Ravindra Yatagiri, Vice President-IT & eLearning, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
13:30 – 14:20 Lunch Break
14:20 – 15:30Panel Discussion 3: – Higher Education in India: Vision 2030
Prof. (Dr.) Chattar Singh, Vice chancellor, Rai Technology University, Bangalore
Dr Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, The Shahani Group, Mumbai
Siddhart Chaturvedi, Executive Vice President, AISECT Group of Universities, Hazaribagh
Dr K Karunakaran, CEO, Hindusthan Educational Institutions, Coimbatore
Nick Hutton, Regional Director, D2L
14:20 – 15:30Panel Discussion 3: – Higher Education in India: Vision 2030
Prof. (Dr.) Chattar Singh, Vice chancellor, Rai Technology University, Bangalore
Dr Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, The Shahani Group, Mumbai
Siddhart Chaturvedi, Executive Vice President, AISECT Group of Universities, Hazaribagh
Dr K Karunakaran, CEO, Hindusthan Educational Institutions, Coimbatore
Nick Hutton, Regional Director, D2L
15:30 – 16:30Panel Discussion 4: : Panel Discussion 4: Admission to Higher Education:
The Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Prof Atul Khosla, Founder and Vice Chancellor, Shoolini University, Solan
Prof Ambarish S Vidyarthi, Vice Chancellor, Bikner Technical University, Bikner
Dr. S. S. Mantha, Former Chairman AICTE and Chancellor, KL University, Guntur
Dr. Preeti Bajaj, Vice Chancellor, Galgotias University, Greater Noida
Prof. B.S. Satyanarayana, Vice Chancellor, C. V. Raman Global University, Odisha
Dr. Sujata Shahi, Vice Chancellor, IILM University, Gurugram
16:30 – 16:40Break
16:40 – 17:40Panel Discussion 5: Artificial Intelligence (AI) : Why Higher Education Institutions need to take it seriously
Prof. (Dr.) Biswajoy Chatterjee, Vice Chancellor, University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Jaipur
Prof. S. Salivahanan, Vice Chancellor, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
Prof. (Dr) K.P. Yadav, Vice Chancellor, MATS University, Raipur
Prof. (Dr.) A. K. Bakhshi, Vice Chancellor, PDM University, Bahadurgarh
Dr. Parsanjeet Kumar, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Noida International University, Noida


10:30 – 11:30Panel Discussion 1: Trends in adapting and developing of online learning in Higher Education
Moderator: Prof. R. Prasad, Director (Academic Wing), ICFAI Group
Prof. Neelesh Kumar Jain, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT), Indore
Dr. Narasimha Sarma N V S, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Tiruchirappalli
Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Provost, HSNC University, Mumbai
Prof Parimalh Vyas, Vice Chancellor, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
Dr. Sunita Singh, Pro-chancellor, IES University, Bhopal
11:30 – 12:00Industry Presentation
12:00 – 12:30Industry Presentation
12:30 – 13:30Panel Discussion 2: Vocational and Skill Development Education in Higher Education
Moderator: Nitil Gupta, Co-founder & Director, Eduvacancy
Rajita Kulkarni , President, Sri Sri University, Cuttack
Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Noida
Prof. (Dr.) Sibaram Khara, Vice Chancellor, Sharda University, Greater Noida
Dr Sayalee Gankar, Vice Chancellor, DY Patil University, Pune
Dr. Meena Rajesh, Vice Chancellor, G H Raisoni University, Chhindwara (MP)
13:30 – 14:20 Expo & Lunch Break
14:20 – 15:20Panel Discussion 3: Relevance of Holistic Curriculum / Practical Training in Pandemic Times
Moderator: Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, GD Goenka University, Gurugram Sachin Gupta, Chancellor, Sanskriti University, Mathura
Prof. (Dr.) Deependra Kumar Jha, Vice Chancellor, Adamas University, Kolkata
Dr. Shrihari Prakash Honwad, President & Vice Chancellor, Sir Padampat Singhania University, Udaipur
Mr. Manoj R Thakkar, Chairman, IIMT Studies
Dr Jitendra Kumar Mishra, Director , Jaipuria School of Business
15:20 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:30Panel Discussion 4: Challenges and Opportunities of Technology that is changing the trends of Higher education in India
Moderator: Prof.(Dr.) Abhay Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Pratap University, Jaipur
Dr. Satbir S Sehgal, Registrar, Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
Prof. M. P. Pandey, Vice Chancellor, IFTM University, Moradabad
Dr. Balakrishna Shetty, Vice Chancellor, Sri Siddhartha University Tumakuru, Bangalore
Dr. Vikas Dhawan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University, Gurgaon
16:30 – 16:40 Break
16:00 – 17:40Panel Discussion 5: Attracting students from overseas countries for Higher Education in India
Moderator: Dr. Ramandeep Saini, Director-Principal, Chandigarh Business School of Administration, Landran
Dr. Pramod Kumar Naik, Vice Chancellor, AISECT University, Hazaribag
Prof. (Dr) Ajay Poddar, Pro- Vice Chancellor, Om Sterling Global University, Hisar
Prof. (Dr.) Dhruva Ghai, Pro Vice Chancellor, Oriental University, Indore
Prof. Pradeep Nair, Professor & Director Research, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala
Prof. P Srinivas Subbarao, Dean & Director, School of Management, Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
17:40 – 18:00Expo Break
18:00 – 19:00WES Award Ceremony & Valedictory Session
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