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The New Indian Express (TNIE) Group is back with the seventh edition of the biggest education conclave of the country, ThinkEdu 2019, on February 13 and 14 2019. The theme for this year's Conclave is 'Ideas for a new India', and the intent is to stimulate meaningful discussions about creating a world-class education system in India. Get ready to listen to India's movers and shakers, your favourite authors, policymakers and bureaucrats redefine the spectrum of education and create a new India. The venue, like always, is ITC Grand Chola, Chennai.

Get ready to listen to the likes of Shashi Tharoor, Smriti Irani, Prakash Javadekar, Subramanian Swamy, Ashwin Sanghi, Pranab Mukherjee, Varun Gandhi, Amish Tripathi and many more amazing speakers.

The TNIE Group has been organising the national-level education meet since 2013. Our previous speakers have included the late President Dr APJ Kalam, former Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, policymakers, educationists and edupreneurs, along with social scientists and spiritual leaders. All our previous editions were extremely impactful. 


Day 1: February 13

10.00 am

Inaugural: Classical music and lamp-lighting

10.30 am

Engineering, skills or liberal arts: What does India need to focus on to become Incredible?

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

11:00 am

Can you crack UPSC with just your school curriculum and without your 

friendly neighbourhood coaching centre?

  • Anita Karwal, Chairperson, Central Board of Secondary Education
  • Rema Rajeswari, Superintendent of Police, Mahbubnagar
  • Prasanth Nair, Deputy Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Mir Mohammed Ali, District Collector, Kannur
  • Israel Jebasingh, Former IAS Officer and Founder, Officer's IAS Academy

12:00 pm

Talking Point: Pranab Mukherjee's view from the Hill: Education and beyond

12.45 pm

Are we producing hyper nationalists or pseudo-secularists?

  • Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament
  • Subramanian Swamy, Member of Parliament

2.00 pm

Are we spending enough on education and research?

  • Shekhar C Mande, Director General, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • Dinesh Singh, Former VC, Delhi University
  • Prabhat Jain, Director, Pathways World Schools
  • Thirumurugan Gandhi, Activist and campaigner
  • Dr Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode
  • Prof E Suresh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, English and Foreign Languages University

3.15 pm

Interlude: Education and the music within 

A lec-dem with the piano: Anil Srinivasan - Musician and educator

3.30 pm

Is the Public-Private relationship actually skilling India or killing education?

  • Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education
  • Parth Shah, Founder and President, Centre for Civil Society
  • Ashok Kamath, Chairman, Akshara Foundation
  • Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI
  • Dr Sam Paul, Educationist and entrepreneur

5.00 pm

The big discussion: Is the literature of politics affecting Young India?

  • Amish Tripathi, Author
  • Bibek Debroy, Economist and Author

Day 2: February 14

10.00 am

My vision for India's education

Prakash Javadekar - Union Minister of HRD, Government of India

11.00 am

What does India's new education policy really need?

  • Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, Government of India
  • Padma Sarangapani, Chairperson, Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research, TISS
  • Dr S Vaidhyasubramaniam, SASTRA, Deemed-to-be University
  • R Subrahmanyam, Higher Education Secretary, Govt of India
  • Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairperson, All India Council for Technical Education

12.15 pm

Talking Point: The key to transforming education in India

  • Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry
  • Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, National Vice-President, BJP

12.45 pm

Does dissent still have a place in India's campuses?

  • Rakesh Sinha, Rajya Sabha MP and Professor
  • Dr S Subbaiah, National president, Akhila Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad
  • N Sai Balaji, President, JNU Students' Union
  • Tejasvi Surya, BJP IT Cell, Karnataka
  • Nikhil Gupta, National Coordinator, Research Scholars of India
  • Apeksha Priyadarshini, Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organisation
  • Kawalpreet Kaur, All India Students Association

2.00 pm

Is too much tech making young India un-creative?

  • Jayaram Komati, AP Janmabhoomi
  • Taran Singh, Founder, Melvano
  • Mayank Kumar, Co-founder, UpGrad
  • Malavika Banerjee, Director, Kolkata Literary Meet
  • Prof Pushpesh Pant, Ex-JNU Professor

3.00 pm

Modern lessons from ancient India: Have we learnt the right ones?

  • Ashwin Sanghi, Author
  • Bibek Debroy, Author and economist

4.00 pm

View Point: Is India's education ecosystem stifling the underprivileged and rural masses?

  • Feroze Varun Gandhi, Member of Parliament and Author
  • Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and Author

5.00 pm

The big session: Is India's education system divisive?

  • Smriti Irani - Union Minister of Textiles, Government of India
  • Farooq Abdullah - Former Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir

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