Inaugration of Indian Education Congress 2011 witnessed experts' convergence for deliberation on the regulatory issues and latest trends in the business of education
By Pragya Gupta, digital LEARNING Bureau
Some of the top policy makers, educationists and corporate houses came together at the Indian Education Congress 2011, the National Convention on the Business of Education, for interactions and knowledge sharing on various topics related to the best practices, regulatory issues and future trends in the education field. The event, which was organized by Franchise India and presented by S. Chand Group with KPMG as the knowledge partner, was focused on discovering the pulse of education business in the country.
Today, education sector in India is experiencing radical changes due to the introduction of new technologies and the globalization of education business. Commenting further, Gaurav Marya, President, Franchise India said, “The Government's education expenditure as a percentage of GDP is about 5% and the consumption trends predict that the urban Indian is spending 9% of his wallet on education while the rural consumer spends only 6%. In view of huge requirements of infrastructure and manpower in the field, even if the Government takes up the supply challenge, the time frame will exceed the youthfulness of our population. The Indian Education Congress is an initiative by Franchise India that recognizes the need to think more boldly and broadly on how to strengthen and expand our existing initiatives within the realm of the growing Indian education sector.”
The key speakers at the Congress included Sudhir Kapur (Chairman, CII Sub-Committee on Education), Dilip Chenoy (Chairman, National Skill Development Corporation), Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai (Vice Chancellor, IGNOU), Barry O'Callaghan (Chairman, EMPGI), Ashok Ganguly (Former Chairman, CBSE), Rajesh Gopal (President-Education, Technopak Advisors Pvt. Ltd.), Lokesh Mehra (Director-Education, Microsoft), R. C. M. Reddy (Managing Director, IL&FS), Poonam Agarwal (Head