Innovation, scale, societal and human force will only be transforming workforce skills but also will exert significant pressure on the higher education ecosystem. The World Economic Forum (WEF) also has identified this tectonic shift as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR).
A need to relook at higher education to renew skills and create a life-long learning ecosystem in an environment that is dynamically networked by the 4th Industrial Revolution features is a critical challenge to overcome. Apart from the complexities in the global higher education landscape, the Indian higher education—one of the largest in the world—has its own influencing variables.
Is the Indian Education market-ready?
How to cope with ever-changing Industry trends?
How can Online education contribute to Indian Education 2.0?
Building a talent pool of students and faculty for survival and leadership roles.
Q&A || 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Prof. P B Sharma
Vice-Chancellor, Amity University, Gurgaon
Visionary Educationist Prof PB Sharma the Founder Vice-Chancellor of India's Leading Technological University, DTU, currently is Vice-Chancellor of Amity Gurugram and President of Association of Indian Universities. A doctorate from University of Birmingham Dr Sharma is a former Professor of IIT Delhi and also former Director of the prestigious DCE. Prof Sharma has been the President of Association of Indian Universities, AIU, 2017-18.
Prof. Sandeep Sancheti
Vice-Chancellor, SRM University
Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, known as Institution Builder, holds a Ph.D. from Queens University of Belfast UK, after obtaining a B.Tech (ECE) from Regional Engineering College, Warangal (now NITW) and M.Sc (Engg) from Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU) in 1982 and 1985 respectively. He is now the Vice Chancellor, SRMIST, Chennai. Prior to this he was the President of Manipal University, Jaipur, Director National Institute of Technology, Delhi (NITD) and Director NITK Surathkal. He has also served as Director In-charge, NIT Tiruchirapally, NIT Calicut, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) Delhi and Mentor Director, NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim. Dr Sancheti began his professional career at MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur, as Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE in 1984 and later moved to Malaviya Regional Engineering College, Jaipur (now MNIT) as Associate Professor in 1990.
Dr. Pramath Sinha
Founder & Chairman, Harappa Education
Pramath is the Founder & Chairman of Harappa Education, which aims to become India’s largest online institution focused on teaching habits and skills critical to workplace success in the 21 st century. He was the Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and laid the grounding of the school being ranked in the FT Top 20 Global B-Schools within six years of welcoming its first batch in 2001.
He is also the Founder & Trustee of Ashoka University, a world-class liberal arts university. Ashoka has built a strong reputation for academic excellence, innovative pedagogy and transformative learning outcomes. For his many contributions, his alma mater, IIT Kanpur conferred the Distinguished Alumnus Award on him in 2018.
Mr. Pratham Mittal
Project Director, Masters’ Union School of Business
Pratham is currently the Project Director at Masters’ Union School of Business - a unique CXO led business school with CEOs; MDs of L&T, Morgan Stanley, BCG, Adani, Tata etc on faculty. He ran new initiatives at the Lovely Group, that runs India’s largest university LPU. He previously founded Outgrow, a software platform used by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal etc for their entire web management. The company was recently ranked as the top B2B software company in the Greater New York area. Recently, after moving back to India, he founded Neta - a political rating app with over 28 million users. He did his undergrad from the Wharton School and is an alumnus of the Doon School.
Dr. Shasi Anand
Vice President, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education (KARE)
A man of few words, Dr Shasi Anand Sridharan believes in and lives by the precept, ‘Actions speak louder than words'. Upon completion of his PhD. in Computer Science from the University of Florida, Dr Shasi returned to India and took charge at Kalasalingam University in September 2015. After taking charge as Vice President of Kalasalingam University, he has several credits to his portfolio including spearheading the team to achieve the highest grade in NAAC in October 2015, launching the Agricultural programs in 2016, initiating the school concept of management within the university in 2017, University got NBA Accredited in 2018, and 17 ABET Expert Committee Members from American Universities had visited Kalasalingam University for evaluation on Nov’19 & waiting for the results. With an ardent interest in academics and from his experience at various universities in Singapore and the USA. Dr Shasi has revolutionised the teaching-learning process by introducing new pedagogical initiatives and restructuring the curriculum and syllabi of all the courses, to be in line with the developments of the modern world. He also motivates faculty to work on innovative and socially relevant research projects, which in turn, help students in project-based learning for hands-on experience. He was instrumental in launching the research promotion scheme within the university to encourage and reward faculty involved in the research. Dr Shasi is also instrumental in launching the Pharm. D. program at Kalasalingam College of Pharmacy. Having worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Chicago where he was given a “Gold Award” for his performance, he ensures that students understand the importance of industry exposure and internships, which help them get ready to face the challenges of the outside world upon graduation. The motto of Dr Shasi resonates with that of his family members. which is to transform the university and the group of institutions into truly global centres of knowledge and excellence