HRD Ministry flags International Education Summit 2015 in November in Gujarat

Narendra Modi to inaugurate education summit

As per the orders issued by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that it is not a compulsion that all the big-ticket events should be held in Delhi, the Ministry of Human Resource & Development has this time planned to conduct the International Summit on Education during the month of November in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. As per the information revealed by sources, 180 countries are expected to participate in the Summit.

Earlier it was planned to host the three-day conference at Vigyan Bhavan as all such type of international meets take place at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi but later it was shifted to Gandhi Mandir in Gandhinagar- the venue that has been the host of Vibrant Gujarat summit since so many years and which can accommodate 15,000 people. The three day conference from November 27 to 29, 2015 is likely to be inaugurated by Mr.Modi.

A senior official from the Gujarat government said, “The summit is being organised by the Ministry, but the Gujarat government is providing all infrastructure and logistical support for the event. The two-day summit will have around a dozen seminars related to various aspects of education.”

Not only the Foreign Delegates are the one who will participate but also the experts from Central universities, institutes of higher education and excellence such as the Indian Institutes of Technology and Management, and specialists from the field of research and development will attend the Summit.

The idea given by the Union Minister of HRD Smriti Irani hurriedly, of conducting international summit on education in Gujarat can very well be interlinked with Vibrant Gujarat Investors Summit which was conducted in the year 2013 when Mr. Modi was the Chief Minister. Whereas the bureaucrats were unhappy with Smriti Iran’s decision to hold the summit as soon as in November, the decision did finally work.

The Summit witnessed participation of near about 20 countries. During that time then them Chief Minister who is now the Prime minister laid emphasis in making the State and the country the “education and research capital of the world”.

If the tentative agenda is to be believed, then in the International Summit it has been planned to discuss about the ranking of Indian Institutes on a global scale, the quality of research and teacher training and as per the present need what all reformations need to be adopted.

The tentative topics on which it is expected that the discussions will be held are:

  • Role played by Private Sector in providing quality education and research and development
  • How the government can facilitate private sector participation.

A Ministry official was found quoting “There is a growing demand to create a linkage between education and the industry. Research in academia cannot be in a vacuum, there has to be the involvement of the industry. There is a strong pitch for initiatives such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skills India’ and ‘Start-up India, Stand up India’ and all of those require education to keep pace with the demands of the markets. The summit will help us arrive at a road map for the future.”

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