Day 1: February 9

11:00 am
Inaugural session by Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development

11:45 am
Should politicians have a say in formulating education policy?
  • Praniti Shinde, Member of Legislative Assembly, Solapur
  • P Rajeev, State Committee Member of CPI (M), Kerala
  • Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
  • Kavitha Kalvakuntla, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
  • Chair: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyst
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12:45 pm
How early should children start learning about their country?
  • Shiv Visvanathan, Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, Sonipat, Haryana
  • Sanjeev Sanyal, Economist-Writer
  • Lata Shenava, Trainer & Life Coach
  • Chair: P Kanagasabapathi, Professor, Management, SASTRA University
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02:30 pm
Does skill building happen largely in elite institutions?
  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • R Ravichander, Group President & Head-Business Development, South, YES Bank
  • Venkatesh Kini, President, Coca-Cola India
  • Sarathbabu Elumalai, CEO, Foodking
  • Chair: Debashis Chatterjee, Professor, IIM Lucknow
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03:30 pm
Should our higher education system be more India-focused?
  • Anirban Ganguly, Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation
  • Ritabrata Banerjee, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
  • Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
  • Chair: Shankkar Aiyar, Author-Analyste
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04:45 pm
What sort of ecosystem enables an institution to provide quality education?
  • Dhruv Galgotia, CEO, Galgotias Education Group
  • S Vaitheeswaran, MD & CEO, Manipal Global Education Services
  • DP Singh, Director, NAAC
  • Chair: Sanjay Dhande, Founder Director, Mahindra Ecole Central, Hyderabad
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05:45 pm
A special session for students with Santosh Sivan, Cinematographer-Filmmaker

Day 2: February 10

11:00 am
Opening Keynote Session: Does our education system need to be Indianised?
11:45 am
Can religious institutions create secular minds?
  • G Joseph Antonysamy, Principal, Loyola College, Chennai
  • Madhu Kishwar, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
  • Dinesh Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi
  • Chair: Kancha Ilaiah, Director, Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Hyderabad
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12:45 pm
How can we get more women into Science?
  • Sunil Mukhi, Professor and Chair, Physics Programme, IISER, Pune
  • Rohini Godbole, Professor, Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • MM Pallam Raju, Former Minister for HRD
  • Chair: DR Lakshmi, Adviser, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism
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02:45 pm
Is India's next education boom hiding in its villages?
  • S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean–Planning & Development, SASTRA University
  • Rangaswamy Elango, President, Kuthambakkam Panchayat, Thiruvalluvar, Tamil Nadu
  • Jayanti Ravi, Secretary, Rural Development, Government of Gujarat
  • Chair: K Vaidiyanathan, Editor, Dinamani
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03:45 pm
Are today's students less hungry for knowledge?
  • Prabir K. Bagchi, Vice Chancellor, SRM University
  • M Venkataramanan, Principal, DG Vaishnav College
  • Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal, MOP Vaishnav College for Women
  • Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, VIT University
  • Chair: Rajat Datta, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
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05:00 pm
Closing address by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living