Over 900 people including academicians, policy makers, heads of schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning, corporates and education entrepreneurs stepped aside from their daily grind and got together at Hotel Eros in New Delhi on August 7 and 8 to participate in an initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation.
Aimed at disseminating innovations in ICT, the World Education Summit 2014 was received with immense enthusiasm for the fact that it successfully managed to engage several stakeholders in a dialogue on the path ahead for education in India. Apart from deliberating upon technological trends and the use of ICT in education through parallel tracks on higher education and schools, the two-day mega event also saw many firsts. In a first of its kind exercise on the national level, the WES 2014 saw a special focus on minority education in India. This special session, which was held in collaboration with the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), saw representation from minority educational institutions across India. A special issue of digitalLearning on minority education was launched by Dr Najma Heptulla, Union minister for Minority Affairs in India. In another first, the higher education track saw some of the greatest minds from the Indian Institutes of Technology get together to discuss the National Mission for Education through ICT (NMEICT). These professors from the IITs also serve as project directors for NMEICT and had valuable experiences to share with the audience. In all, the event focused upon getting India at par with the demands of today’s knowledge-based society and the ways that technology can help India reap the future benefits of its demographic dividend.