Thinkedu CONCLAVE 2017


Day 1: March 3

10:30 am
My Vision for Education in India: Inaugural Keynote Address by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

11:15 am
Should there be profit in education?
  • Sachin Pilot, Former Union Minister
  • Shaheen Mistri, Founder, Teach For India
  • R Sharath Kumar, Actor-Politician & Founder, All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi
  • Chair: Preeti Sinha, Senior President & Global Convener, Yes Institute
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12:15 pm
How do you apply design thinking to education?
  • Hari Krishna Maram, Chairman & CEO, Imperial College
  • Kannan Moudgalya, Professor, IIT Bombay
  • Shaurya Doval, Director, India Foundation
  • Chair: Achuthsankar S Nair, Director, Dept of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Kerala
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02:30 pm
How do you navigate a non-traditional career path?
  • Ayaan Ali Bangash, Musician & Composer
  • Michael Foley, Managing Director, Foley Designs
  • Rema Rajeshwari, SP, Mahbubnagar District, Telangana
  • Chair: Gautam Chintamani, Author
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03:30 pm
How can a 'make in India' education be made aspirational?
  • P Rajeev, Ex-MP; Member, CPI(M) State Committee, Kerala
  • Dr SG Badrinath, Visiting Faculty-Canara Bank Chair in Banking & Finance, IIM-Bangalore
  • S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean-Planning & Development, Sastra University
  • Chair: R Venkata Rao, VC, National Law School, Bangalore
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05:00 pm
What do our institutions need to do to produce more creative professionals?
  • Chinmayi, Playback Singer
  • G Dhananjayan, Producer-Writer & Founder, Bofta Film Institute
  • Sharan Apparao, Art Curator & Gallery Director
  • Chair: Swarnamalya Ganesh, Dancer-Actor
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06:00 pm
Pushing the frontiers of Indian education:
Keynote address by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons
Moderated by S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean-Planning & Development, Sastra University


Day 2: March 4

10:30 am
Religious education: Is it relevant in secular India?
  • Arif Mohammad Khan, Former Union Minister
  • Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, writer-academic-activist for Dalit rights
  • Rakesh Sinha, Thinker-Writer-Academic
  • Chair: Manish Tewari, Former Union Minister
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11:30 am
Is India investing enough in healthcare?
  • Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Former Union Minister
  • Dr Georgi Abraham, Consultant-Nephrologist, Madras Medical Mission
  • Dr Sunil Thomas Chandy, Director, CMC, Vellore
  • Chair: Dr S Gurushankar, Chairman, Meenakshi Mission Hospital
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12:30 pm
Women's education in India: How serious are we really?
Dr Kiran Bedi, Lt-Governor of Puducherry, in conversation with Gautami Tadimalla, Actor-Activist

How do you bridge ancient wisdom and modern knowledge?
  • Dr Sudha Seshayyan, Director, Institute of Anatomy, Madras Medical College
  • Revd Valson Thampu, Former Principal, St Stephen's College
  • Chair: Mani Rao, Author-Poet-Scholar
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03:30 pm
Do our law schools produce world-class lawyers?
  • Arvind P Datar, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
  • N Venkatraman, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court
  • Chair: Jayna Kothari, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Policy Research
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05:00 pm
Are funds coming in the way of our providing good public education?
Closing Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi