Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal kicked-off National Education Summit addressing the concerns over quality education.
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 13, 2011
First Indian PSUs, then power and now education sector in India. Dainik Bhaskar Group’s National Government Vertical always looked committed to bring the public and private sector companies together by providing them a platform to discuss their issues. With its first ever National Education Summit concluded on 11th June at The Oberoi, New Delhi, India’s largest read newspaper group has yet again proved to be a bridge between the government and private management education institutes. Aimed to foster an in-depth discussion mapping the various aspects of imparting quality education to students of B-Schools in India, the summit saw participation of over 300 delegates with Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal as the chief guest.
Kicking-off the summit, Kapil Sibal, who spent more than 3 hours at the conclave, highlighted the importance of managing life above business, as he said “When you get a degree, it is not only meant for business rather you should learn managing your lives equally well.”
With a strong line-up of speakers and panelists, the summit had total 4 sessions covering all relevant and burning topics in the presence of eminent educationists including people from Ministry of HRD, AICTE, the faculty members, dean, directors and promoters of education institutes. The eminent panelists consisted representatives from various IIMs, ISB, FMS, MDI, Symbiosis among other B-Schools and the govt. authorities.
The objective of the conclave was to ensure that the Indian management institutes should focus on quality education rather the quantity. On the need to hold such a summit, Jaideep Dhagat, Senior General Manager and Business Head, National Government Vertical, Dainik Bhaskar Group, told BestMediaInfo.com, “There are plenty of B-Schools producing numerous management graduates every year. But there is always a huge problem of their right placements. In case the graduates get good placements, some of them have not lived up to the management’s expectations. This pushed us to think that somewhere quality is being compromised and we should address this issue through a proper PPP (public-private partnership) model discussion. The summit ensured that there are vibrant discussions between policy makers and B-Schools. The four sessions had different topics which led to ensure that how we can bridge the quality gap in today’s Indian B-School scenario and culture.”
“In a true sense, we brought the Government and B-Schools together on a platform to put their point of views in front of each other; hence we saw the exchange of lot many ideas between them. Dainik Bhaskar Group will soon bring a white paper in the form of a comprehensive booklet covering the issues raised by the B-Schools and ideas suggested by the panelists will handover it to the govt. of India. We expect that the government of India will take a due note of the white paper,” Dhagat added further.
At the summit, one of the star attractions of the conclave was presentation by Kris Srikkanth, Former Indian Cricket Captain & Chairman Selection Committee, Indian Cricket Team, which was unorthodox like his batting. Besides, there were great presentations by Prof. V .N. Rajasekharan Pillai, VC-IGNOU, Dr. Bibek Banerjee Director, IMT Ghaziabad and Prof. S.S. Mantha, Chairman, AICTE.
The presentations by Microsoft, IBM and Oracle ensured that for a better education system how technology can be enhanced further. “There were great participations from the variety of management institutes across the country and their students added more value to the summit. We aim to hold this conclave on an annual basis,” concluded Dhagat.