CII, Microsoft, TCS representatives to address EPSI Delhi convention

Top Educators, Policymakers and Industry Experts will address a National Convention on “Indian Higher Education – Vision for Quality, Autonomy & Accountability”, to be organized by Education Promotion Society for India ( EPSI ) in New Delhi on 24th March, 2012 and 25th March, 2012.

Key speakers at the inaugural session of the two – day convention beginning Saturday, 24th March, 2012, include Shri E Ahmed, Union Minister of State, MHRD; Dr Pritam Singh, Director General, IMI; Mr Lokesh Mehra, Director – Education Advocacy, Microsoft Corportion ( India ); Ms Shalini Sharma, Head – Higher Education, CII; and Dr.G.Viswanathan, President, EPSI & Chancellor, VIT University.

The industry leaders, who will highlight the changing industry needs and requirements on management front, include Alok Bhardwaj, Senior Vice – President, Canon India; Mr Sanjay Bansal, MD, Ambit Finance; and Shri V Ramaswamy, Director, SME, TCS.

Top Educators who will address the EPSI Convention include Prof T R Pachamuthu, Chancellor & Chairman, SRM University; Ms. Sushma Berlia, President, Apeejay Stya & Svran University;  Prof. A. Gnanam, Former VC, Chennai University; Prof P V Indiresan, Former Director, IIT, Chennai; Prof. S P Thyagarajan, Pro – Chancellor, Sri Ramachandra  University &  Former VC, University of Madras; Dr. Ashok MIttal, Chancellor, Lovely Professional University; Dr. Rajan Saxena, VC, NMIMS; Dr. B N Jain, VC, BITS, Pilani; Shri Mohan Lakhamraju, Vice Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR; Dr J D Singh, DG, Jaipuria Group of Institutions; Dr Bramh Prakash Pethiya, Director, IFIM Bussiness School; Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra, VC, DMU, Nagpur; Dr. A Sahay, Dean ( Research ), NIMTECH; and Shri Ramachandran, VC, Vels University.

Other distinguished speakers at the convention include Dr. Hari Gautam, Former Chairman, UGC; Dr K B Pawer, Former Secretary, AIU; Shri Ramswamy, Director, SME, TCS; Dr. R P Singh, Director, IGNOU, Delhi; and Shri Amit Agnihotri, CEO.

While there will be two plenary sessions and two panel discussions on first day of the convention, three more panel sessions will follow on the second day.

The speakers will focus on the challenges of higher education with respect to its quality, autonomy and accountability. Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH & Alternate President, EPSI, said, “EPSI convention will be focusing on the present opportunities and short comings that Indian Higher Education is facing in the present scenario.”

The speakers will also share their insights on different issues pertaining to the Higher Education including ‘Higher Education Reforms for Promoting Quality, Investments & Innovation’, ‘Engaging Industry for Transforming The Indian Higher Education’, ‘Engaging Industry for Transforming the Indian Higher Education’, ‘Is Single Regulator ( NCHER ) a panacea for the ills of Higher Education ?’, ‘Leveraging Technology for moving towards World Class Quality’, ‘Developing an Eco system FOR Research’, and ‘Art & Science of Developing Leadership In Indian Higher Education’.

A panel of experts including Dr. G. Viswanathan, President, EPSI & Chancellor, VIT University, will also deliberate on ‘Reforming Higher Education and Redefining Role of Private Sector Initiatives’.

Other key issues which will be discussed during the two – day convention are as follows :

  • How to provide quality higher education which is accessible for every strata.
  • What should be done to encourage quality research in higher education.
  • Requirement of financial resource for attaining 12th five – year plan target.
  • Creating interfaces and connectivity with the industry.
  • Measures to improve quality of research and publication of research papers.
  • Importance of privative education sector in developing skilled manpower for India.
  • Government policies on reforms in higher education.
  • Role of National Commission for Higher Education and Research ( NCHER ).
  • Role of Technology in creating global quality in Indian higher education.

Education Promotion Society of India ( EPSI ) works towards promotion, expansion and development of educational sector in India. It strives to play the role of a catalyst between Government, Academics and the Industry.

EPSI has been actively involved in debates on higher education, building informed public opinion on education policies by organizing meetings and conferences at various places in India.

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