Day 1: January 30

10:00 to 10:15 am
Introductory Address by Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express
10:15 to 11:15 am
Lighting of the lamp and inaugural address by Anna Hazare

11.30 am to 12.45 pm
The National Policy on education needs to be redrawn
  • Chairperson: Rakesh Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation
  • Kiran Bedi, Social Activist and Former IPS officer
  • R Govinda, Vice Chancellor, NUEPA
  • JS Rajput, Former Director, NCERT
  • P Sivakami, Former IAS officer and author
  • Link:
12.45 to 1.45 pm
Indian higher education is overly influenced by the West
  • Chairperson: S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean-Planning & Development, SASTRA University
  • Savita Mahajan, Deputy Dean, ISB
  • S Gurumurthy, Co-convener, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch
  • Amita Sharma, Additional Secretary (Technical Education), Dept. of Higher Education, MHRD
  • Link:
02:45 to 03:45 pm
Private education leads to public good
  • Chairperson: V Raghunathan, CEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation
  • Suneel Galgotia, Chancellor, Galgotias University
  • Vijay K Thadani, CEO, NIIT & Founder, NIIT University
  • Kaustav Sengupta, Associate Professor, NIFT Chennai
  • R Ravichander, Group President & Head, Business Development (South), Yes Bank
  • VPS Arora, Vice Chancellor, Supertech University
  • Link:
03:45 to 04:45 pm
India has forgotten about research and development
  • Chairperson: Som Mittal, Former President, NASSCOM
  • Anbumani Ramadoss, PMK Leader and Former Union Health Minister
  • P Selvam, Professor-Chemistry, IIT-Madras
  • Achuthsankar S. Nair, Director, Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Kerala
  • Ritesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, OYO Stays
05:00 to 06:30 pm
Inter-college debate: "We are producing people of business, not leadership”
06:30 to 07:00 pm
Address by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev: "Should faith affect a child's education?"


Day 2: January 31

10.00 to 11.00 am
Education frees women and threatens class and caste
  • Chairperson: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyst
  • Smriti Irani, Vice President, Bharatiya Janata Party
  • Rajeev Gowda, Professor, IIM-Bangalore and Congress Spokesperson
  • TK Rangarajan, MP, CPI (M)
  • Kavitha Kalvakuntla, Founder, Telangana Jagruthi
  • Link:
11.00 to 12.00 noon
Our institutions teach neither leadership nor ethics
  • Chairperson: Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM-Kozhikode
  • G Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT University
  • CK Ranganathan, CMD, CavinKare
  • Chiranjib Banerjee, Country Manager-Education & Geo Expansion, Hewlett-Packard India Sales
  • Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, Global Education and Leadership Foundation
  • Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village
  • Link:
12 noon to 1.00 pm
We don't need international rankings to prove our mettle
  • Chairperson: Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-Madras
  • Jose Aikara, Chairman, Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations
  • Abhishek Mishra, Minister for Science and Technology, Govt of Uttar Pradesh
  • V Vijayakumar, UNHCR Chair on Refugee Law, National Law School of India University
  • Dilip Cherian, Co-Founder, Perfect Relations
  • Link:
1.45 to 2.45 pm
It's not skills vs intellect: education must provide both
  • Chairperson: Prafulla Agnihotri, Director, IIM-Trichy
  • Anupam Kher, Actor & Founder, Actor Prepares
  • K Hariharan, Director, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy
  • S Ramalingam, Director, Pearl Academy of Fashion, Chennai
  • Vidya Yeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis Society
  • Link:
2.45 to 3.30 pm
India is supposed to skill 500 million people by 2020. Can we do it?
3.30 to 4.30pm
India Inc is not doing enough to further the cause of education
  • Chairperson: Sushma Berlia, Co-Founder & President, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group and Apeejay Education Society
  • RV Deshpande, Karnataka Minister for Higher Education & Tourism
  • Venu Srinivasan, CMD, TVS Motor Company
  • Usha Ananthasubramanian, CMD, Bharatiya Mahila Bank
  • Srini Raju, Co-Founder & MD, Peepul Capital
  • Link:
4.45 to 6.00 pm
India needs to check its brain drain
  • Chairperson: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyst
  • MM Pallam Raju, Union Minister of India for HRD
  • Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy
  • N Chandrababu Naidu, President, Telugu Desam Party
  • Arun Shourie, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
  • Link:
6.30 pm
Address by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare
7.30 pm
Prize distribution for inter-college debate winners by P. Palaniappan, Tamil Nadu Minister for Higher Education
8.30 pm
Closing address by Mohd Hamid Ansari, Hon. Vice President of India