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CII National Higher Education Conclave 2013, November 29–30, 2013 || Coimbatore


CII – Coimbatore Zone organised the first edition of the National Higher Education Conclave with the theme “Transformational Change in Higher Education: Global Excellence through Governance, Research and Innovation” on 29– 30 November, 2013 at Coimbatore.

The aim was to encourage an open and inclusive format for discussion and the sharing of ideas, meetings of minds, directed at points of discussion, difference, or difficulty around the key streams of the conference vis-à-vis the themes.

The two day National Higher Education Conclave sessions focused on the topics relating to the management, administration and teaching excellence with paper presentations and case studies that are needed for the institutions to bench mark their strategic growth & development.

Around 550 delegates participated in the conclave from all over India.

The speakers during the two days sessions were representatives from Tamil Nadu Government, AICTE & UGC, national accreditation bodies, representatives from government and private universities and colleges, senior academician, and senior representatives from the industry.

The report by CII– Deloitte on “Status of Higher Education in South India” was released during the Conclave's Inaugural Session. The CII- Deloitte Report details the present status of Higher Education in India with a focus on Southern India.

The report aims to highlight the major concerns of higher education institutions- specifically in the southern states - and the challenges that need to be addressed at different policy, process, and control levels. The report also includes an in-depth analysis of the present policies and its impact on the higher education sector in India in the future. It also provides snapshots of the performance of all the southern states and UTs in the higher education sector.

The report also intends to project the concerns and challenges faced by the promoters/ administrators of higher educational institutions in India and highlights the areas where improvement and support is required from the government and regulatory bodies including issues like enhancing quality and quantity of higher education, issues of governance & policies, support for academic & physical infrastructure, and greater financial resources etc.

Event Highlights

Inaugural session of the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Dr Nandini Rangaswamy, Founder Trustee & Secretary, GRG Institutions at the inaugural session of the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Mr C R Swaminathan, Co-Chair, CII National Committee on Higher Education at the inaugural session of the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Mr Ravi Sam, MD, Adwaith Lakshmi Industries Ltd at the inaugural session of the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Shaping the Future by Mr B Santhanam, MD, Saint Gobain Glass India Ltd

Release of CII - Deloitte Report on Status of Higher Education In South India - 2013 at the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Dr S K Sundararaman, Executive Director, Shiva Texyarn Ltd at the inaugural session of the National Higher Education Conclave 2013

Mr T Kannan, Chairman & Correspondent, Thiagarajar College of Engineering on ‘Future of Indian Higher Education: Polices and Expectations’

Findings of the CII - Deloitte Report on Higher Education

Stakeholders Expectations for Policy - A Perspective in the Indian Higher Education Arena

An open house discussion on ‘Future of Indian Higher Education: Polices and Expectations’

Ms S Malarvizhi, Chairperson, Sri Krishna & VLB Institutions on ‘Governance and Regulation in Higher Education’

Mr Kumar Jayant IAS, Commissioner of Technical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu on 'Issues of Governance in HEI - Education in the Concurrent List'

Dr M K Hada, Advisor - Approval, All India Council for Technical Education on 'Regulator for Control or for Development & Growth'

Global Perspectives on Accreditation and Governance in Higher Education

Ms Anusha Ravi, CEO, Park Group on ‘Funding and Investment Opportunities’

Research & Consultancy Funding towards establishment of World Class Institutions in the Higher Education Domain

Opportunities for Private Investment in Higher Education in India

An open house discussion on ‘Funding and Investment Opportunities’

Prof S Balasubramanian, Director, GRG School of Management Studies on ‘Technology as an Enabler for Transformational Change in Higher Education’

Technology Enabled Transformation for Higher Education by Mr Manivannan Ranganathan, Education Business Head – iON, TCS Ltd

An open house discussion on ‘Technology as an Enabler for Transformational Change in Higher Education’

Dr P Krishnakumar, CEO, Nehru Group of Institutions on ‘Strategies for Admissions and Students Intake from Foreign Countries’

H E Ms Lesego E Motsumi, High Commissioner to India, Republic of Botswana on 'Expectations of Botswana from Indian Institutions'

Mr Baker Balunywa, Education Attache, High Commission of Uganda on 'Expectations of Uganda from Indian Institutions'

An open house discussion on ‘Strategies for Admissions and Students Intake from Foreign Countries’

Dr Sheela Ramachandran, Vice Chancellor, Avinashilingam University for Women on ‘Quality in Higher Education - Assessment and Accreditation’

Expectations of International Accreditation Bodies and Public-Private Partnerships in the Higher Education Space

Assessment Vs Accreditation: Issues of Concern in the Higher Education Arena

Does Accreditation Lead to Quality? - A Perspective on Quality in Higher Education

An open house discussion on ‘Does Accreditation Lead to Quality?’

Dr G Viswanathan, Chancellor, VIT University on ‘Towards Global Excellence - International Collaboration’

LPU Experience - A Presentation Lovely Professional University

Global Excellence through International Collaboration: An Experience at SRM University

Adapting UK Teaching & Learning Practices to Indian Context - A Perspective

Dr P Radhakrishnan, Director, PSG Institute of Advanced Studies on ‘Research and Innovation - Key to Excellence’

IUSSTF: Indo-US Opportunity for Research, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Establishing A Research & Innovation Culture - The Shell Experience

Creating Environment for Research & Innovation in Higher Education - Learning’s from East & West

Mr Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru College of Technology on ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship through Education’

Dr Dinesh N Awasthi, Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India on ‘Fostering Entrepreneurship through Education’

Institutional Initiatives in Research and Innovation in Higher Education

What is Education and Training? - A Perspective in the Higher Education Arena

Dr K Sekhar, Vice Chancellor, Vels University on ‘Institutional Initiatives in Research and Innovation’

Dr V Radhakrishnan, Distinguished Visiting Professor IISST, Trivandrum & Former Professor, IIT Madras & Former Dean, ICSR on ‘Industry - Institute Interaction Initiatives’

Mr Rashmikant Joshi MD, Festo Controls Private Ltd on ‘Industry - Institute Interaction Initiatives’

Mr N K Ranganath, MD, Grundfos Pumps India P Ltd on ‘Industry - Institute Interaction Initiatives’

Learn and Earn Program in the Higher Education Arena

Mr K Ramachandran, Director - Corporate Affairs, Cognizant on ‘Industry - Institute Interaction Initiatives’

An open house discussion on ‘Industry - Institute Interaction Initiatives’

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