Thinkedu CONCLAVE 2018


Day 1: January 17

11.00 am
Lamp Lighting & Introductory Remarks by Prabhu Chawla, TNIE Editorial Director;

Welcome Address by D Jayakumar, Minister for Fisheries, Tamil Nadu;

Keynote Address by M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India
12.00 pm
What should India's new Education Policy look like?
  • Anita Rampal, Professor, Education Dept, Delhi University
  • Rajiv Mathur, Senior Head, Skill Advisory Services, NSDC
  • Sunil Paliwal, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Tamil Nadu
  • Chair: S Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean, SASTRA University
1.00 pm
How do you tap technology to help non-urban areas prosper economically?
  • Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras
  • Hemalatha Annamalai, CEO, Ampere Vehicles
  • Meghdut Roy Chowdhury, Director, Global Operations, Techno India Group
  • Chair: Sanjay Vijayakumar Chairman, Start Up Village
2.00 pm
3.00 pm
How do we give cultural soft skills a hard push?
  • K Pandiarajan, Minister for Language and Culture, Tamil Nadu
  • Dinesh Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University
  • Sunaina Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Nalanda University
  • Chair: Ritu Anand, Senior VP & Deputy Head - Global HR, TCS
4.00 pm
Do we need more Indian-educated economists
  • Jairam Ramesh, former Union minister
  • Praveen Chakravarty, Resident Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
  • YV Reddy, Former Governor, RBI
  • Chair: Ashwani Mahajan, National Co-Convener, Swadeshi Jagran Manch
5.00 pm
How do we train our lawyers better?
  • Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, Nalsar
  • S Prabakaran, Co-Chairman, Bar Council of India
  • Sudha Ramalingam, Senior Advocate & Law Professor
  • Chair: R. Venkata Rao, Chancellor, NLS Bangalore
6.00 pm
Does a better education system lead to a cleaner political system?
  • V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister, Puducherry
  • Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation
  • Tiruchi N. Siva, Member, Rajya Sabha
  • V. Maitreyan, Member, Rajya Sabha
  • Chair: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, TNIE

Day 2: January 18

10.30 am
Introductory Remarks by Prabhu Chawla, TNIE Editorial Director;

Keynote Address by Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD minister
11.30 am
How do you train students for Innovation & Leadership?
  • Kiran Bedi, Puducherry Lt Governor
  • Debashis Chatterjee, D-G, International Management Institute, ND
  • Chair: Rajeev Srinivasan, Adjunct Faculty, IIM-B
12.30 pm
How do you prepare for the workplace of the future?
  • Dhruv Galgotia, CEO, Galgotias University
  • Parmesh Shahani, Head, Godrej India Culture Lab
  • Rama Kirloskar, Managing Director, Kirloskar Ebara Pumps Limited
  • Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head - TCS iON
  • Chair: C Velan, CEO & MD, IT Park & Regional Head, Tata Realty & Infrastructure
1.30 pm
2.30 pm
Does our education system encourage creativity?
    Keynote Address by Smriti Z Irani, Union Minister for Textiles and I&B Followed by Interactive discussion with

  • Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP
  • Madhur Bhandarkar, Film director & Writer
  • Rajeev Sethi, Designer & Curator
3.45 pm
Is Nationalism missing from Indian Education?
  • Sugata Bose, Rajya Sabha Member & Professor, Harvard University
  • Rakesh Sinha, Honorary Director, India Policy Foundation
  • Zafar Sareshwala, Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
  • Chair: R Vaidyanathan, Professor, Public Policy, SASTRA University
5.00 pm
5.15 pm
Keynote address by Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, Vice-Chairman, Mata Amritanandamayi Math
6.15 pm
Should cinema be tasked with the responsibility to educate?
  • Arvind Swamy, actor
  • Mohan Raja, director
  • Chair: K Vaidiyanathan, Editor, Dinamani