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16th World Education Summit concludes on a High Note

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The 16th Edition of World Education Summit, Hyderabad, India’s biggest event on innovation concuded today. The two-day summit 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, 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, 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 cannot furnish it. However, AI can help remove these boundaries and extend their scope of learning according to the student’s needs and aspirations.”

The 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; Dr. Mohit Gambhir, Innovation Director, MHRD – Innovation Cell; Vyom Upadhyay, Head Data Science and Analytics Group, ICICI Bank.

On the other hand, the School Education track witnessed participation from apex leaders in the School Education domain including 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; Dr Lakshmi Rao Kadiyala, Academic Director, Jain Group of schools, Hyderabad; Sundari Jaishankar, Principal, DSK School, Pune; Sundari Jaishankar, Principal, DSK School, Pune; Rashmi P Singh, Principal, Poddar Brio International School, Badlapur; Mohana Vamsi Aluri, Founder CEO,  Samskar – The Life School, Hyderabad; and Sonia Walia, Principal, Cambridge International School, Nawanshahr, Punjab, among other stellar leaders in the School Education space.The Track also featured a special address by Dr. Mohit Gambhir, Innovation Director, MHRD – Innovation Cell.

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) 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? – 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.

The second day of the two-day summit (Higher Education Track) witnessed a keynote address by Guest of Honour Temjen Imna Along, Minister of Higher & Technical Education, Tribal Affairs, Government of Nagaland, and panel discussions including – ‘Building Global Alliances for Ensuring Inclusive, Equitable and Employable Education Through Forging International Partnerships’ steered by Guest of Honour Prof T Papi Reddy, Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education, Government of Telangana, and Programme Chair Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate & Technical Education, Government of Telangana. The panel discussion saw participation from eminent dignitaries including Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, NCERT, Government of India; Dr Mohit Gambhir, Innovation Director, MHRD Innovation Cell, Government of India; Dr R S Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Telangana Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare, Residential Education Institutions, Government of Telangana; Dr W G Prassanna Kumar, Chairman, Mahatama Gandhi National Council Rural Education; Prof Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor, World University of Design; Juliana Chidumu Somba Banda, First Secretary- Trade & Investment, High Commission of the Republic of Malawi in India; Karanpreet Kaur, Senior Policy Officer (Political Affairs, Human Rights & Education), Embassy of Kingdom of the Netherlands, India; and HE Daniel Chuburu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Argentine Republic in India.

The highlight of the summit 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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