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Inaugural session: Vision 2030: Expanding Boundaries of Education, Skill and Employability

Background: Vision 2030 is a long-term development plan designed by governments and institutions worldwide, aimed at achieving significant socioeconomic progress and growth over the next decade. One critical area of focus in Vision 2030 is expanding the boundaries of education, skill development, and employability. The rapid pace of technological advancements and global economic changes has resulted in an increased demand for highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals. Therefore, it has become imperative for governments and institutions to prioritize education and skill development to meet the needs of an ever-evolving job market. By expanding the boundaries of education, individuals can acquire the skills and knowledge required to excel in their chosen fields, ultimately leading to increased employability. The initiative is not only focused on formal education but also on skills development programs such as vocational and technical training, apprenticeships, and mentorship opportunities. These programs aim to provide individuals with practical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be self-sufficient and contribute meaningfully to the economy. To propel discussion on this, the eminent education leaders and industry experts emphasized on the topic at ArdorComm Media “New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held on 28th April at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Thiru Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi

Thiru Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, Hon'ble School Education Minister, Govt. of Tamil Nadu said, “When the speakers they are going to give speeches about any topics I can learn something from them and we can implement them for the betterment of the education sector.”

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V Santhanam

V Santhanam, Regional Director, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), NIOS Regional Centre – Chennai, Tamil Nadu said, “We are providing system called On-Demand Examination this is the best and the only one board which gives this flexibility in examination system in India is only from NIOS. If you are ready for examination immediately you can register with us, you can go for examination and you can get the result within 45 days.”

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff, MD and CEO, Kalorex Group said, “The new age education lies in vocational, lies in skilling, it is no longer teaching knowledge. If you are teaching knowledge, AI, the robots will come and teach knowledge much better than we can ever teach, we have to make that shift to teach skills, to teach the children to analyse, to synthesize, to summarize, to apply, to innovate and that comes from teaching mindset not knowledge.”

Dr. M. Jayaprakasan

Dr. M. Jayaprakasan

Dr. M. Jayaprakasan (I.S.D.S), CEO, Naan Mudhalvan Skill Initiative, TNSDC, Govt. of Tamil Nadu said, “This type of conference always helps us to skill ourselves because skilling is a continuous process. Skill development is not the goal itself, it must result in employment, we believe the focused skill development needs to prepare a candidate for a world of work whether it is an employment or self-employment.”

Dr. Uma Kannan

Dr. Uma Kannan

Dr. Uma Kannan, Founder Principal, Sri Venkateswara Group of Schools, Ambattur said, “As we all know education sector has undergone an unprecedented paradigm shift the connected curriculum initiative encourages individual and team within each discipline to think deeply about the nature and practice of their own research and to invite students to learn through engaging in some of the following distinctive practices.”

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash, Account Director & Regional Lead - South, Academics & Government, LinkedIn said, “I think the use of technology has facilitated a more personalized learning experience, everybody learns at their own pace, everybody has their own ambitions, own goals and I think learning has to see the kind of progress that we are expecting in the coming future.”

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Inaugural Session (Part 1)

Inaugural Session (Part 2)

Panel 1: Blended Education, Hybrid Class & Flipped Learning: Future of Education in India

Background: Blended education, hybrid classes, and flipped learning are new educational models that are becoming increasingly popular in India. Blended education combines traditional classroom learning with online education, offering a more flexible approach to learning. Hybrid classes combine online and in-person learning, giving students the opportunity to learn in a way that suits their individual needs. Flipped learning is a model where students learn through self-paced online materials before engaging in more interactive and collaborative activities in the classroom. These models offer several advantages, including increased flexibility, greater student engagement, and more personalized learning experiences. Blended education and hybrid classes also allow institutions to expand their reach and provide education to students who may not have had access to it previously. Flipped learning, on the other hand, promotes a more student-centric approach to learning, allowing for greater collaboration and critical thinking skills. To propel discussion on this, the eminent education leaders and industry experts emphasized on the topic at ArdorComm Media “New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held on 28th April at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Anantha Krishnan B

Anantha Krishnan B

Anantha Krishnan B, CEO- Operations, Kalorex Group said, “It's a world of convenience with IoTs coming in even to switch off the AC we need remote, to switch on the car we need a remote, to switch off the curtain we need a remote. So, the point is about convenience, why should this convenience not be extended to education.”

Dr. K Krishnasamy

Dr. K. Krishnasamy

Dr. K. Krishnasamy, Founder, Thaamarai World School said, “We should not be looking at the schools as a commercial institution, if you are able to put 40 students in the classroom and expect the result to be same as it is in Finland where 16 to 18 is the maximum in a classroom, we cannot do that. So, our teaching learning must be focused on every day, every class, every student.”

Narayanan Hariharan

Narayanan Hariharan

Narayanan Hariharan, Senior Associate Vice President and CE, AMM Foundation said, “Make the policy entirely child centric, look at children as primary stakeholders and write all policies centered around that.”

R.S. Geetha

R.S. Geetha, Principal, Sri Venkateswara Group of Schools, Ambattur said, “I personally think education is not for only heads it's also for the hearts and the purpose of education is to face failures, the real purpose of education is how you spring about upon seeing the failures and that is very important.”

Dr. T. Sanjeevee Jayram

Dr. T. Sanjeevee Jayram

Dr. T. Sanjeevee Jayram, Founder and Managing Director, Cholan Group of Educational Institutions said, “Education is the process to change our behavioural activities day to day, whether the formal or non-formal we learn something. So, the learning is the common process not only for the human, for all the living things.”

Dr. D. Dhanapal

Dr. D. Dhanapal

Dr. D. Dhanapal, Correspondent, Kovai Vidyashram Coimbatore and Kangayam said, “Once we make this digital or online education very successful we will be able to use best talents very effectively.”

Arunkumar G

Arunkumar G

Arunkumar G, Director and Founder, Newton's Apple Public School said, “In direct classroom teacher could not collect data digitally from each and every student, but using the hybrid methodology they can collect each student's response and everything digitally. They have the details with them using those data they can apply data science to find out some facts based on that, so you have data to analyse if you go complete digital otherwise in offline mode it is not possible.”

Sudhakar Joshi

Sudhakar Joshi, Head – Marketing and Client Servicing, Chrysaalis I-Math India Pvt Ltd said, “I feel flipped learning has got a lot of advantages, flipped learning is basically the child taking the onus of going through what is to be learned, going prepared to the class.”

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Panel 2: The 'New-Age' Teaching Mechanism & Upskilling: Empowering 21st Century Learners

Background: The 21st century has seen a significant shift in the way we learn and teach, with a new-age teaching mechanism emerging to empower learners. This mechanism involves adopting new technologies, such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, to create more engaging and personalized learning experiences. It also emphasizes the importance of upskilling to ensure that individuals are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the rapidly evolving job market. New-age teaching mechanisms provide several benefits, including increased student engagement, improved learning outcomes, and a greater focus on practical skills. Additionally, upskilling enables individuals to acquire new skills and stay relevant in their fields, helping them to remain competitive and adapt to changes in the job market. To propel discussion on this, the eminent education leaders and industry experts emphasized on the topic at ArdorComm Media “New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held on 28th April at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Dr. K. Porkumaran

Dr. K. Porkumaran, Principal, Sri Sairam Engineering College said, “Learning is the beginning of wealth, learning is the beginning of health, learning is the beginning of spiritual searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

Dr. Sridhar. R

Dr. Sridhar. R

Dr. Sridhar. R, Vice Chancellor, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education (CARE) said, “There are concepts like cloud-based campus, green campus, smart campus, etc which should not be only in letter but in real sense, it has to be offered to the students so that they have a right atmosphere to learn and nurture their skills and become responsible citizens.”

Dr. Chadaram Sivaji

Dr. Chadaram Sivaji

Dr. Chadaram Sivaji, Vice Chancellor, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences said, “The faculty upgradation as well as faculty crunch in the some of the government-owned universities is a perennial problem, I think governments need to take a very serious view on how to refill the faculty after the retirement and then how to train the faculty that is the fundamental issue.”

Prof Dr. D.Viswanathan

Prof. Dr. D.Viswanathan

Prof. Dr. D.Viswanathan, Rector - Research and Development, Former Vice chancellor (Anna University), Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute said, “There's a huge shortage of faculty in our country especially in engineering courses. Unless we have quality teachers we cannot achieve the quality education on par with International standards.”

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Dr. S. Sriman Narayanan

Dr. S. Sriman Narayanan, Vice Chancellor, VELS Institute of Science Technology & Advanced Studies said, “Developing skill is of the recent origin and it is not a single component rather it contains a number of components like creativity, critical thinking and communication, having a knowledge in digital and technological aspects and problem solving and global awareness.”

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash, Account Director & Regional Lead - South, Academics & Government, LinkedIn said, “There is something colleges, I feel can do which can maybe change their perspective about the labour market, one is of course conducting regular labour market analysis, I think it's a simple straightforward thinking process wherein you are supplying students into the corporate world and it makes sense to obviously have an understanding of where the demand is going towards.”

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Panel 3: ‘Enabling Innovation in Higher Education: A Sustainable Approach’ & ‘Digital First: The Future Readiness with Robust and Flexible Digital Infrastructure’

Background: Enabling innovation in higher education is essential for creating a sustainable future. It involves adopting new approaches to teaching and learning, leveraging technology to enhance educational experiences, and fostering an environment of creativity and collaboration. Innovation in higher education also plays a crucial role in addressing global challenges, such as climate change and social inequality. A sustainable approach to enabling innovation in higher education requires a focus on long-term goals and outcomes, rather than short-term gains.

The shift towards digital-first approaches in education is driven by the need to adapt to the rapidly changing technological landscape and the increasing demand for flexible and accessible education. A robust and flexible digital infrastructure is essential for institutions to deliver high-quality education, meet the needs of students and faculty, and provide effective administrative services. Digital-first approaches include investing in secure and reliable networks, cloud-based systems, and other digital technologies that support remote learning, collaboration, and communication. To propel discussion on this, the eminent education leaders and industry experts emphasized on the topic at ArdorComm Media “New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held on 28th April at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Prof. Padmanabhan Krishnan

Prof. Padmanabhan Krishnan, Director, Academic Staff College, Vellore Institute of Technology said, “In order to be a good teacher you must have a feel for the subject as you must have a feel for the subject, what you must do is you must do a bit of research, it can be laboratory research it can even be a very intelligent Google search it can be statistical data analysis it can be online simulation whatever, you must be the master of what you teach.”

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Dr. Ramesh S

Dr. Ramesh S, Principal, Jerusalem College of Engineering said, “Covid made most of the people to learn what is digital infrastructure, how to utilize the digital infrastructure. So, the people started working from home, this has happened because of this digital scenario.”

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Dr. Sanjay Singh

Dr. Sanjay Singh, Dean - School of Engineering and Technology, Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan University said, “Innovation word is not limited to bringing any idea, that idea should be workable that idea should be technologically viable, that idea should be economically feasible and that idea also should be taken to the market to the customer.”

Dr. Prem Das Maheshwari

Dr. Prem Das Maheshwari

Dr. Prem Das Maheshwari, Business Director South Asia, D2L said, “I divide the current era into three eras called AC, BC and DC. AC is after Covid, BC is before Covid and DC is during Covid, so our pedagogical approaches, our teaching approaches, our learning whether it's students, teachers, university management, administrators anything you talk about they have been absolutely different in the three eras.”

Dr. L. Mahesh Kumar

Dr. L. Mahesh Kumar

Dr. L. Mahesh Kumar, Registrar, St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research said, “Digitalization, transformation, innovation is going to stay and we can't say only innovation started taking place today, innovation has been there for the last 30 years, 40 years there's a difference whatever you call, maybe it's faster now.”

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Dr. Shaleesha A

Dr. Shaleesha A. Stanley, Pro-Chancellor, Jeppiaar University said, “We all would agree that students are treated in an equal way only in education institutions, the place where they come to study whether it is school, college or university. So, here at least if the digital campus is equipped well with the developed laboratories, at least the education would be equal to all the students.”

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Panel 4: Decoding NEP: Shaping India into a Global Knowledge Superpower

Background: The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a comprehensive reform document that aims to transform the Indian education system and make India a global knowledge superpower. The NEP 2020 seeks to promote a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The policy envisions a flexible and student-centric education system that caters to the diverse needs and aspirations of learners. It promotes the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning and emphasizes the importance of teacher training and professional development. The NEP 2020 also aims to promote research and innovation in higher education and establish India as a hub for high-quality research and development. It seeks to encourage collaboration between academia and industry to address the emerging needs of the economy and society. The policy also emphasizes the need to promote equity and inclusion in education and to ensure that all learners have access to high-quality education, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. To propel discussion on this, the eminent education leaders and industry experts emphasized on the topic at ArdorComm Media “New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023” held on 28th April at Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Dr. D. Senthilkumar

Dr. D. Senthilkumar, Principal, T I Matriculation Higher Secondary School (AMM Foundation) said, “The essence of NEP 2020 is shaping the children in the classroom, once teachers take care of shaping the young minds in the classroom, down the line 10 years or 20 years they'll become a global workforce competent with the European countries.”

Swetha Balakrishnan

Swetha Balakrishnan, Secretary, Excel Matric HR Sec School said, “Our NEP 1986 did not accommodate the disruptive effect of the internet and as well as the sister technologies like AI cloud computing etc. in our school education as well as in the higher education. So, mostly NEP 2020 was introduced to accommodate the effects of the disruptive technology and as well as to provide a tech driven workforce which actually answers the question of employability.”

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Dr. A. V. Mayakkannan

Dr. A. V. Mayakkannan, Dean, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering and Technology said, “The National Education Policy proposes the priority on Research in higher education institution first time after Independence, so in 1986 it has not proposed us any research so this 2020 only proposes the research importance.”

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Dr. K Maran

Dr. K Maran, Director, Sri Sai Ram Institute Of Management Studies said, “If you really want to sustain the quality of the education we need to frame very excellent educational policy that's why the National Education Policy 2020 is one of the major highlights of our Indian economy.”

Dr. R Meenakshi

Dr. R Meenakshi

Dr. R Meenakshi, Director Academics, Curriculum R and D, Cambridge PDQ Program leader IN 868, Vels Group Of Schools said, “I have to be more responsible as a leader, as an educator, as an educationist, as a teacher being in that profession my responsibility is shaping the youngsters who will be ruling the world by 2030.”

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Er. Dr. A. S. Prabu

Er. Dr. A. S. Prabu, EMD, SPK groups of companies, Chairman, SPK Gems Schools said, “The critical thinking and knowledge thinking and the implement skill from the human skill has been not in the old education policy that's what they are bringing in the new education policy which will help our students and also our future generation to go towards college for handling the multi-disciplinary skills.”

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Valedictory session

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Dr. G. Geetha

Dr. G. Geetha, Director of Collegiate Education (FAC), Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu said, “Our children are having the potential, one area we are in need of manpower another area we are having energy and potential of the manpower, there is no more link that's why our government have just provoked so many wonderful schemes so that to be implemented and it's to reach the people correctly,” while addressing the valedictory session at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Book Launch & Fireside chat

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff

Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff, MD, and CEO, Kalorex Group launched her Book, "Success Mantras and Musings – Edupreneur Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff" and spoke about it in a Fireside chat with Anantha Krishnan B, CEO- Operations, Kalorex Group at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023. Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff said, “I genuinely believe that South is the place where we have thankfully been able to preserve our Vedic systems, our Indian knowledge systems we have preserved it. In the north it's not like that, it's very diluted, so much preservation has happened here but it's time to take it forward it's really time to lead that path.”

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Industry Presentation

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Raj Mruthyunjayappa

Raj Mruthyunjayappa, Chief Digital Officer and President, India, Anthology gave an industry presentation on the topic, "Reimagining Higher Education" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Industry Presentation

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash

Jayanth Prakash, Account Director & Regional Lead - South, Academics & Government, LinkedIn gave an industry presentation on the topic, "Bridging the Education to Employment Gap in India" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Industry Presentation

Phillip Samuel Babu.S

Phillip Samuel Babu.S

Phillip Samuel Babu.S, Head Higher Education Skilling India & Subcontinent, SAP India gave an industry presentation on the topic, "SAP's Digital Career in the New Normal" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Industry Presentation

Varun Kumar

A. Varun Kumar

A. Varun Kumar, Head South, Knauf Ceiling Solutions gave an industry presentation on the topic, "Importance of Acoustics in Class Rooms" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Industry Presentations

Supreetha Gonsalves

Supreetha Gonsalves

Supreetha Gonsalves, AVP, ExtraaEdge gave an industry presentation on the topic, "Winning at Higher Education Admissions in 2023" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Industry Presentations

Industry Presentations

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Akash Gautam

Akash Gautam, Academic Head, Q&I and Thomson Digital gave an industry presentation on the topic, "Q&I, By the promoters of India Today, an assessment-led learning platform" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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Leadership Talk Session 1

Glimpses of the eminent speakers of the Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Anthology who spoke on the topic, "Innovating Education with Digital Infrastructure: Best Practices and Trends" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

Leadership Talk Session 2

Glimpses of the eminent speakers of the Roundtable Discussion, moderated by D2L who spoke on the topic, "Supporting Educators with Effective Learning Management Systems for Pedagogical Innovation" at 'ArdorComm New Normal- Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2023', in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 28th April 2023.

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