BloombergUTV PULSE Conferences & Summits, a specialized division of BloombergUTV, India's premier Business news channel is hosting India's most authoritative ED TECH FORUM 2011 to be held at Shangri-La Hotel, Ashoka Road, New Delhi on September 15th, 2011. The theme of the one-day Forum is 'Integrating Technology and Transforming Education'. The Forum would be chaired by Ms. Ashish Garg, Former Regional(Asia) Co-ordinator for Global E School and Communities Initiative – Founded by the UN ICT Task Force.
The inaugural session of the Forum will set the theme for the day with Ms. Ashish Garg delivering the key note address on 'Integrating Technology and Transforming Education – Evolving a Success Model', Mr. Sam Pitroda speaking on 'Envisioning a Technologically Literate Society: Lessons for Emerging Economies' and Mr. E Ahmed speaking on 'The Urgency of Education Reform: Drafting India's Education Story'.
Education is one of the strongest contributors to every nation's progress and development. Globally governments, institutions and practitioners are exploring the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for effective learning and increasing education outreach. The Forum aims at establishing an open platform for sharing of experience that have made national and international impact; and will encourage a debate on the new opportunities and possibilities that will assist in expanding stakeholders' perspective on the effective use of technology in education.
The Forum, after the inaugural session, has four other sessions. The inaugural session is followed by a 'POWER SESSION' with two panel discussion on the subject, 'Educating Gen Next: Can Existing Policies Create The Right Eco System?' involving senior bureaucrats like Shankar Agarwal & Dr. Ajay Sawhney of DIT, R P Sisodia, Joint Secretary (Higher Education) – Ministry of Human Resource Development; and professionals like Harsh Chitale of DigiSchools, Irina Ghose of Microsoft, Meena Ganesh of Pearson, Beas Dev Ralhan of Next Education and Madhav Chauhan, Founder & CEO – Pratham Foundation as panelists.
These are followed by two KNOWLEDGE Sessions on 'Technology Enabled Classrooms: Enhanced Educational Experience' and 'Wired Campuses: A Growing Need – Lessons from the field: A VC's Forum'
The Knowledge Sessions have presentations and panel discussions involving the likes of Vineet Joshi, Chairman – CBSE, Prof. Avtar Singh of NCERT, Valli Arunachalam, Director – PSSB, Prof. M M Pant, Ex. VC – IGNOU, Prof. K Kannan, VC – Nagaland University and industry professionals from DELL COMPUTERS, HCL DigiSchool, Ncomputing, Mexus Education.
The final session of the day is the OUTREACH SESSION on 'Reaching the Unreached: Distance and Vocational Education: Experiences and Experiments'. The session has a thematic presentation by V N Rajashekharan, VC – IGNOU on 'Educating the Billion – Harnessing the Power of Technology in Distance Learning' followed by presentation by Dr. S.S Jena, Director Vocational Education – NIOS.
The ED TECH FORUM 2011 is supported by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, Innovation partner, NComputing, Thought leadership partner, Mexus Education, Strategic Partner, Microsoft, Partner, SBF and Solution partners, Intel, Dell, HCL Learning, Next Education and Edurite.