Thinkedu CONCLAVE 2019


Day 1: February 13

10.00 am
Classical music by students of MOP Vaishnav College for Women
10.15 am
Engineering, medicine, skills or liberal arts: What does India need to focus on to become Incredible?
  • Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  • Anbumani Ramadoss, Member of Parliament
  • Chairperson: Shankkar Aiyar, Columnist
11:00 am
Can you crack UPSC with just your school curriculum and without your
friendly neighbourhood coaching centre?

  • Anita Karwal, Chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education
  • Prasanth Nair, Deputy Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Israel Jebasingh, Former IAS Officer and Director, Officers IAS Academy
12:00 pm
Inauguration and address: Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu

Talking Point: Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee's view from the Hill: Education and beyond

Chairperson: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, TNIE
12.45 pm
Are we producing hyper nationalists or pseudo-secularists?
  • Subramanian Swamy, Member of Parliament
  • Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament
  • Chairperson: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, TNIE
2.00 pm
Are we investing enough in education infrastructure and research?
  • Shekhar C Mande, Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Prabhat Jain, Director, Pathways World Schools
  • Thirumurugan Gandhi, Activist and campaigner
  • Prof E Suresh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, English and Foreign Languages University
  • Dinesh Singh, Former VC, Delhi University
  • Chairperson: Dr Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode
3.10 pm
Interlude: Education and the music within:

A lec-dem with the piano: Anil Srinivasan - Musician and educator
3.30 pm
Is the Public-Private relationship actually skilling India or killing education?
  • T V Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education
  • Ashok Kamath, Chairman, Akshara Foundation
  • Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI
  • Dr Sam Paul, Educationist and entrepreneur
  • Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras
  • Chairperson: Parth Shah, Founder and President, Centre for Civil Society
5.00 pm
The big discussion: Lessons from the Epics: Should we have them in our textbooks?
  • Amish Tripathi, Author
  • Bibek Debroy, Economist and Author
  • Chairperson: Ravi Shankar, The Sunday Standard

Day 2: February 14

10.00 am
Are we creating liberals, nationalists or Urban Naxals of Young India?
  • Vivek Agnihotri, Filmmaker and Author
  • Apsara Reddy, National General Secretary, All India Mahila Congress
  • Chairperson: Shankkar Aiyar, Columnist
11.00 am
What does India's new education policy really need?
  • Padma Sarangapani, Chairperson, Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research, TISS
  • R Subrahmanyam, Higher Education Secretary, Govt of India
  • Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairperson, All India Council for Technical Education
  • Dr S Vaidhyasubramaniam, VC, SASTRA Deemed-to-be University
  • J Krishna Kishore, CEO, AP Economic Development Board
  • Chairperson: Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, Government of India
12.00 pm
Talking Point: Are we doing enough in schools to create a nationalist India?
  • Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry
  • Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, National Vice-President, BJP
  • Chairperson: Shankkar Aiyar, Columnist
12.30 pm
Does dissent still have a place in India's campuses?
  • Dr S Subbaiah, National president, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad
  • N Sai Balaji, President, JNU Students' Union
  • Tejasvi Surya, BJP IT Cell, Karnataka
  • Nikhil Gupta, National Coordinator, Research Scholars of India
  • Apeksha Priyadarshini, Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organisation
  • Kawalpreet Kaur, All India Students Association
  • Chairperson: Rakesh Sinha, Rajya Sabha MP and Professor
2.00 pm
Is too much tech making young India un-creative?
  • Jayaram Komati, Special Representative for North America, AP Govt
  • Taran Singh, Founder, Melvano
  • Mayank Kumar, Co-founder, UpGrad
  • Prof Pushpesh Pant, Former Professor, JNU
  • Malavika Banerjee, Director, Kolkata Literary Meet
  • Chairperson: Dr S Vaidhyasubramaniam
2.45 pm
Modern lessons from ancient India: Have we learnt the right ones?
  • Ashwin Sanghi, Author
  • Bibek Debroy, Author and economist
  • Chairperson: Pushpesh Pant, Former Professor, JNU
4.00 pm
Is India's education ecosystem stifling the underprivileged and rural masses?
  • Feroze Varun Gandhi, Member of Parliament and Author
  • Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and Author
5.00 pm
The big session: Is India's education system divisive?
  • Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Government of India
  • Farooq Abdullah, Former Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Chairperson: Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, TNIE
* Speakers and schedule are subject to change