Agenda for the event
  3rd February 2012  
  0830 – 0900 Hrs Registration  
  0900 – 1000 Hrs Inaugural Session  
  1000 – 1130 Hrs Session 1: University Automation  

India has the world’s third largest higher education system in the world after US and China. There are more than 500 universities and 30,000 colleges. Typical state and central universities are huge organisations managing up to 500 colleges at times which includes recruiting staff, managing curriculum, keeping track of enrolments and awarding degrees to students. Manual processes in such a vast machinery make the system slow and unresponsive to change. Modern-day technology solutions can help address some of these concerns.

  1130 – 1200 Hrs Tea/Coffee Break & Photo Session
  1200 – 1330 Hrs Session 2- Examination Automation  
With enrolments in higher education set to increase from the present 12 per cent to 30 per cent in 10 years, millions of fresh candidates will be added to the system. With each candidate taking multiple examinations in a year there is an urgent need to automate the processes to ensure ease of operations and transparency of results. Challenges and way forward.
  1330 – 1430 Hrs Lunch  
  1430 – 1600 Hrs Session 3 - Privatisation of Higher Education  
The government spends about 18.0 per cent of education budget or about 1.12 per centage of GDP on higher education. To meet the gross enrolment ration target, this needs to be raised to 25.0 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively. An increase of 0.38 per cent of GDP means an additional allocation of about Rs 25,000 crore in higher education for the Centre and the States taken together. The government does not have additional resources of the magnitude required and is increasingly looking towards private sector for it. The Approach Paper to 12th Plan states specifically that private sector growth in higher education should be facilitated when already four-fifth of enrolments in professional education and one-third overall take place in the private sector. Challenges and way forward.
  1600 – 1630 Hrs Tea / Coffee Break  
  1630 – 1800 Hrs Session 4 -Globalisation of Education  
Shrinking boundaries and rapidly changing economic scenario of the world mandate that the West look towards the East for growth and prosperity. While the higher education system in the West has been advanced and vastly better than that in India, dwindling resources have forced them to look beyond their borders for research and manpower. At the same time, India, with its demographic advantage of highest number of young people is in a unique position to provide human resource to the rest of the world. In such a scenario there are no alternatives to globalisation of education. With widespread use of English and low cost of living, India has the potential to become the global hub of higher education. Challenges and way forward.
  1930 Hrs onwards Culturals and Dinner  

4th February 2012

  0830 – 0930 Hrs


  0930 – 1100 Hrs

Session 5- Skills Enhancement

Pedagogy in India remains strictly confined to the classroom and the textbook with neither teachers nor students getting any exposure to the latest happening in industry on technological and knowledge fronts. The result is that majority of our graduates are educated but unemployable. The need of the hour is to bring the industry closer to the classroom, make the required changes in the curriculum, provide adequate exposure to faculty and internships to students. As the Approach Paper to 12th Plan puts it, a mastery in 4 Cs is now essential--critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Special emphasis needs to be placed on verbal and written communication skills in English. Challenges and way forward.
  1100 – 1130 Hrs Tea/Coffee Break &Photo Session  
  1130 – 1300 Hrs Session 6 - Education for All  
Enrolments in secondary education stand at 60 per cent today. With Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan aiming at universal elementary education for all, the numbers in secondary education are set to go up manifold. But the biggest challenge in growth and expansion is shortage of teachers. There are half a million vacancies of teachers in the country today and another half a million teachers are required to meet the RTE norms on pupil-teacher ratio. Besides 0.6 million teachers in the public school system are untrained. Pre-service and in-service training of teachers has to be mounted on a mission mode to achieve the target of education for all. Challenges and way forward.
  1300 – 1400 Hrs Lunch  
  1400 Hrs – 1530Hrs Session 7 - University – Industry Collaboration  

Academia and industry will have to come out of their ivory towers if the quality of manpower has to be improved. Industry needs to collaborate more with institutes for curriculum development and exchange of ideas and knowledge. Research needs to take place more in universities than in secluded laboratories which have no bearing or impact on academia. Until the two collaborate, problems of both are going to persist. Challenges in bringing the twain together and way forward.

  1530 Hrs – 1600 Hrs Tea Break  
  1600 Hrs – 1700 Hrs Open House (Feedback, Plan for next year, agenda suggestions etc)  
  1700 Hrs – 1800 Hrs Valedictory Session  
  1930 Hrs onwards Cultural Evening, Cocktails and Networking Dinner