The third edition of ‘Excellence in Education,’ an annual thought conclave organised by The Hindu g roup, in association with Blue Star will be held in Pune on October 25 where a host of speakers will discuss on key issues pertaining the education system in India.
A special message from Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar will be the highlight of the occassion.
The full-day conclave is targeted at decision makers of educational institutions, and covers a plethora of themes relevant to the Indian education space. The previous editions of this conclave were held in Chennai and Hyderabad, and witnessed eminent personalities like Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Telangana IT Minister K. T. Rama Rao.
Since Indian graduates are no longer satisfied with employment, but are seeking opportunities to start their own ventures, a panel discussion on the need for cultivating educational institutions with an outlook to venture being ingrained in our citizens will be conducted.
Prof. Milind Atrey, professor in-charge of IIT Bombay’s incubation centres, will be joined in the discussion by Prof. K. N. S. Acharya, who heads Education, Competency Development, Talent Acquisition and Immigration at KPIT Technologies, and Vishwas Mahajan, a serial entrepreneur and a Global Trustee at TiE. Moderating this discussion will be product innovation and design consultant Hemant Karandikar.
Discussing the future of digital learning, will be Amit Goyal, India head of edX, Prof. Sridhar Iyer from IIT Bombay, Dr. Nidhi Dhanju from Thermax and Jagdish Rattanani from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.
Another topic that is being widely discussed today is the quality of educational institutions in India. Prof. D. B Pathak, a Padmashri recipient, and a professor at IIT Bombay will be joined in this discussion by Raghav Podar, chairman of Podar World and Dr. Urvashi Rathod, director, Symbiosis Centre for Research and Innovation. The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Prasad Subramanian, from IISER Pune.
The conclave will be inaugurated by Vishal Solanki, Commissioner (Education), Maharashtra, and shall feature video messages from Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, UGC chairman Dr. D. P. Singh, and Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
The conclave, will also play host to the launch of a social initiative to collect 20,000 books in a span of one month. The collection drive shall be organised across Pune and the books donated to three Pune-based NGOs. Indian Oil Corporation Limited will help set up drop boxes in select IOCL petrol bunks where books can be donated.