16th World Education Summit begins on a High Note

The 16th Edition of World Education Summit, India’s biggest event on innovation in education was inaugurated today in Hyderabad which was organised by Elets Technomedia & digitalLEARNING Magazine, in association with the Department of Collegiate & Technical Education, Government of Telangana and Telangana State Council of Higher Education.

The two-day summit, to be held on February 21-22, 2020, started with a stellar inaugural session themed around ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI): A game-changer for Indian Education System’.

Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate & Technical Education, Government of Telangana, graced the event with his presence and while congratulating the Elets Technomedia for organising the event on such a large scale and talking about the education in Telangana state and it’s rise he said: “We are increasingly using AI in our day to day life. Space for a human being is increasingly shrinking. That calls for a lot of thought process about what exactly will determine our future. Creativity and innovation are two major things that I think will determine our future. This is something which has to become the focus.”

Dr. Ravi Gupta, Editor-in-chief, digitalLearning Magazine and CEO, Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, welcomed the esteemed dignitaries at 16th World Education Summit, Hyderabad. He said, “Hyderabad is a Karam Bhumi of Elets Technomedia. The agenda of this summit and elets is the same — we aim to create an ecosystem in knowledge sharing and spreading the ideas of Innovation.”

Talking on the implementation of AI in education sector, Dr Neetu Bhagat, Deputy Director (Policy & Academic Planning Bureau), All India Council for Technical Education (#AICTE), Government of India, said “Approved intake, students enrolled, students passed and students campus placements for both degree and diploma programmes in technical education has come down since 2012. India is the youngest country, with 65% of the population ready to get employed. But the biggest trouble is employability. There are a lot of reasons for it some are: lack of skilled teachers, old teaching methods, old curriculum, etc. AICTE is taking several initiatives to improve this situation some of them are making it mandatory for colleges to get accreditation.”

Speaking on the same line says Syed Omer Jaleel, CEO & Secretary, Telangana State Board of Intermediate EducationGovernment of Telangana, said “AI is the buzz word right now all over the world. It is affecting all the sectors including Education. In the state of Telangana, our board has been using AI to process the results and this year, we are going to include hand-printed texts (ICR), recognition of optical marks (OMR) to process our results. Every student’s needs also change and one teacher can not furnish it. However, AI can help remove these boundaries and extend their scope of learning according to the student’s needs and aspirations.”

The Day-1 of 16th World Education Summit Higher Education track saw participation from eminent leaders like Dr. B Janardhan Reddy, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Government of Telangana; B Shafiullah, Secretary, Telangana Minority Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS), Government of Telangana; Syed Omer Jaleel, CEO & Secretary, Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education, Government of Telangana; Dr. J Mahender Reddy, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE); Dr. Neetu Bhagat, Deputy Director (Policy & Academic Planning Bureau), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India; Dr. Mangesh G Korgaonker, Director General, National Institute of Construction Management and Research; Shuchi Sharma, Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, Government of Rajasthan; Vipul Mittra, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour & Employment Department, Government of Gujarat; M N Raju, Chairman & Managing Trustee, MNR Educational Trust, Hyderabad; Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate & Technical Education, Government of Telangana; Vyom Upadhyay, Head Data Science and Analytics Group, ICICI Bank.

On the other hand, day-1 of School Education track witnessed participation from apex leaders in the School Education domain including Chandrashekhar DP, CEO, Jain Group of Schools, Bengaluru; Kavitha Jain, CEO, MDN Edify Education, Telangana; Harish Sanduja, Director Schools, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Schools; Skand Bali, Principal, The Hyderabad Public School Begumpet, Hyderabad; Pritam Kumar Agrawal, Founder & Director, Hello Kids Education, Bengaluru; and Helen Mary C, Vice Principal, Samashti International School, Hyderabad, among many other top leaders in the School Education space.

During the inaugural session, Telangana State Education Coffee Table Book and digitalLEARNING February 2020 Special Magazine issue was also launched.

The first day of the two-day summit (Higher Education Track) also witnessed panel discussions including – New Age Learning: Interactive, Blended & SelfHow the Process Should be Simplified from Admission, Enrollment, and Assessment to Academics?  Degree or Skill: What is More Important? – which will be moderated by Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate & Technical Education; Dr. A Ashok, Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies; Dr. A Govardhan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University; Rao Bhamidimarri, President, Institute of advanced research, respectively.

Day-1 of the School Education track commenced with a pre-inaugural session on ‘Importance of Physical & Mental Wellbeing of Students during Examinations,’ followed by inauguration of Expo, two technology and corporate perspective sessions and five panel discussions.

The highlight of the day was the Award Ceremony featuring ‘WES Awards’, WES Leadership Awards – Higher Education, Teachers Glory Awards (TGA) – Higher Education, and Start-up Glory Awards (SGA), for recognising Government, Corporates, Start-ups, Higher Education, Vocational & Skill Training.

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