Day 1: February 20

10:20 am
Lamp Lighting
10:30 am
Introductory remarks by Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express
10:40 am
Keynote address by Chief Guest Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology
10:50 am
Inaugural address by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, ISRO
11:30 am
What are the most-needed reforms in Indian education?
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology
  • Sachin Pilot, President, Rajasthan PCC
  • Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Board of Manipal Global
  • Nooraine Fazal, Co-Founder & Managing Trustee, Inventure Academy
  • Chair: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express
12:30 pm
Can India benefit from Liberal Arts universities
  • Aditya Mukherjee, Dean, School of Social Sciences, JNU
  • C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University
  • Geetha Narayanan, Director, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology
  • R Ravichander, Group President & Head-Business Development (South), Yes Bank
  • Chair: Madhuvanthi Arun, Trustee, Calibre Educational Foundation
01:30 pm
Lunch Break
02:30 pm
Building Skills for India's Future
  • MM Pallam Raju, Congress Leader in conversation with Dr L Narendranath, Director & Vice Chancellor, Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences
03:15 pm
How do we help our teachers build skills?
  • Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch, Village Soda, Rajasthan
  • Geetha Bali, Chairperson, Board of Governors, MANIT, Bhopal
  • Nick Argent, Director, The British School, New Delhi
  • Shailendra Sharma, COO, Pratham Education Foundation
  • Chair: Lux Rao, CTO & Leader–HP Future Cities
04:15 pm
Tea Break
04:30 pm
Should employment be the key focus of education?
  • Deepak Phatak, Professor, Dept of CSE, IIT Bombay
  • Krishnakumar Natarajan, Managing Director & CEO, MindTree
  • Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal, MOP Vaishnav College, Chennai
  • Uday Desai, Director, IIT-Hyderabad
  • Chair: Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean (Planning & Development), SASTRA University
05:30 pm
Does our education system nurture nationalism?
  • Dattatreya Hosabale, Joint General Secretary, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
  • Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean (Planning & Development), SASTRA University
  • Chair: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyst
06:30 pm
Both formal and informal learning are key to development: Pawan Agarwal, Management Guru

Day 2: February 21

10.00 am
Spirituality and Higher Education: His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
10:45 am
Is Academics the only way to develop skills?
  • JJ Valaya, Designer-Curator-Photographer
  • Manju Bhatia, Co-MD, Vasuli
  • Shvetha Jaishankar, Entrepreneur
  • Chair: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyst
11:45 am
Sports can be a key tool in a country's development
  • Rajyavardhan Rathore, Union Minister for State for Information & Broadcasting in conversation with Omar Abdullah, National Conference Leader
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
01:30 pm
Is our curriculum anti-women?
  • Kavitha Kalvakuntla, Member of Parliament
  • Khushbu Sundar, Actor & Politician
  • Supriya Sule, Member of Parliament
  • Sushmita Dev, Member of Parliament
  • Chair: Omar Abdullah, National Conference Leader
02:45 pm
Do we need foreign educators?
  • Amit Shovon Ray, Director, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, Founder, Lok Satta Movement, Hyderabad
  • Nitin Pai, Co-Founder & Director, Takshashila Institution, Bangalore
  • Chair: Deepak Mehta, Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics
03:45 pm
Inter-College Debate: Skill building is the raison d'etre of education
05:45 pm
What role does politics play in Indian Education?
  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry
  • Ritabrata Banerjee, Member of Parliament
  • Salman Khurshid, Congress Leader
  • Arif Mohammad Khan, Political Leader & Former Minister
  • Chair: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express
07:00 pm
Closing address by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development