EducationWorld Education Conference 2021

World Education Conference [WEC Online] 2021

Covid-19 has been an eye-opener and yardstick to see how dynamic, flexible, and modern your education system is. Over 1.6 billion learners globally are affected by the Covid-19 disruption. However, 86% of children at the primary level have been effectively out of school in poor countries, compared to just 20% in developed countries – reflecting their poor preparedness to handle such disruptions.

India’s adoption of the National Education Policy (NEP) in 2020 envisions the needs of young and aspiring India. The NEP-2020 sets an agenda for India to become a Global Knowledge Centre in the next couple of decades or so. While 2020 has been a year of disruption, 2021 is crucial for India and the world to give a fresh start.

As World’s first Policy and Development Media, The Policy Times collaboration with Shiv Nadar University, an Institution for Eminence organized ‘World Education Conference 2021 – a three-day-long event organized on 15-17th January 2021 virtually.

3000+ educators from 50+ countries, and 100+ speakers from policymakers, schools, colleges, universities, and regulatory bodies participated. Shri. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister & Hon’ble Minister of Education, Government of Delhi NCT was the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour was Mr Mohibul H. Chowdhoury  Hon’ble Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh. (Dr.) VK Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, Ex-Chief of Indian Army & Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India delivered the Valedictory remarks. Shri S Rajen Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Manipur, AICTE chairman, NBA chairman, Member Secretary ICSSR, Nepalese billionaire Mr. Binod Chowdhury, and FICCI-SG were amongst many other eminent personalities shared their views as keynote speakers.

WEC2021 was supported by Adamas University, Kolkata, Mewat Engineering CollegeMaulana Mukhtar Ahmad Nadvi Technical Campus (MMANTC), Hamdard National Foundation (HECA), and Business & Employment Bureau (BEB Delhi), Al-Ameen Mission, iTeltronics Pvt Ltd, Rocket Agarbatty Company and Anees Classes.

Suggestions & Recommendations:

Role of regulators for post-pandemic: All education boards are working and preparing for post covid opening. vocational training of each student which is very much needed for a student to have a practical experience that will help them to take part in internships and placement in the future.

National Education Policy 2020 – Future of Education & Implementation Roadmap: New Education Policy 2020 was approved by a central authority and is expected to be implemented this year. The NEP 2020 has envisioned a new education system by reforming quite a few key areas and Successful implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP2020) demands a long-term vision, availability of expertise on a sustained basis, and concerted action from all concerned encompassing National, State, institutional, and individual levels to have a proper comprehension of the building basis and structure of NEP 2020 and the implementation procedure and devising a workable roadmap for future implementation of NEP 2020.

The purpose of NEP 2020 was to democratise education: Education was limited to individual jurisdiction but the purpose of this policy is to democratise education by decentralising the system and making it interactive and participative and more of a concerted effort. The successful implementation will also need a push and pull reaction from micro and macro educational bodies and voluntary and spontaneous work as the wait and welcome towards building a new policy has finished now all we need is work from people from every single layer of the education system.

Educational Challenges and Possibilities in Northeast Today: Collaborations Possible Ahead: This year has seen a monumental adaptation of digital education and this has ensured a plethora of chain reactions. The digital medium has no doubt bridged the gap of communication that the global pandemic has caused and this session discussed how we could leverage digital disruption for sustainable, productive, equitable, and inclusive education in 2021.

Education – Future Forward: This is a great idea of the learner and teacher model. They should convert the policy into some achievable goals for it. It’s okay to lay down the policy. You have a policy, but if you don’t have the goal how do you achieve it?” he also put the idea of how an educational institution needs to do holistic development of a person who enters that institution.

Building Indian higher education to that of the global standard: We need global exchange and engagement, sharing, and collaboration for enriched research among others. Asian countries are becoming more dominant in global education in recent times.


The last year 2020 has brought a major change in our education system and as the new year, 2021 commenced the need to bring a renewed balance to our education system was a much-needed step. This educational conference was supported by educational institutes and several other organizations across India and it was only realized by the way it was conducted by all of their humble co-operation. The three days of magnificent events came to an end with a Vote of Thanks by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times.

Speakers & Contributors

  • Shri. S Rajen Singh, Education Minister of Manipur
  • Manish Sisodia, Education Minister of Delhi
  • Dr. Binod Chaudhary, Chairman-CG Corp Global
  • Mr. Mohibul H. Chowdhoury, Hon’ble Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Dr. MK Shridhar, Member, NEP Draft Committee
  • Mr. Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, THE (Times Higher Education)
  • Prof. (Dr) Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice-Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University, UP
  • Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Adamas University
  • Mr. Hamid Ahmed, Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University; Secretary, Hamdard National Foundation (India) & CEO-Hamdard Laboratories India (Foods Division)
  • Dr. Hanif Qureshi IPS, IGP Haryana Police, Secretary Dept. of Renewable Energy, Gov’t of Haryana
  • Dr. V.K. Agarwal, Chairperson, SunRise University, Alwar
  • Jb M Nurul Islam, General Secretary, Al-Ameen Mission, India
  • Mr. Rashid Mukhtar, Hon. Secretary & Board of Trustees – JMES (Maulana Mukhtar Ahmad Nadvi Technical Campus – MMANTC)
  • Prof. (Dr.) Bhimaraya Metri, Director, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Nagpur
  • Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education
  • Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation
  • Prof V.K. Malhotra, Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
  • Dr. Chetan Singai, Chief Consultant, Technical Secretariat, NEP-2020, & Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences and Deputy Director, Ramaiah Public Policy Center, Bengaluru, KA, India
  • Mr. Anees Kutty, Founder of Evergreen Foundation & Anees Defence Career Institute (ADCI), Pune
  • Prof (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor and Dean School of Law, GD Goenka University
  • H.E. (Mr.) Hector Cueva Jacome, Ambassador Embassy of Ecuador to India
  • Mr. Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, THE (Times Higher Education), UK
  • Dr. Abdulhamid Alfadaly, Executive Chairman, TESC Group, (Malaysia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and USA)
  • Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director for QS Intelligence Unit in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia and CEO – QS IGAUGE, Singapore
  • Mr. Hesham Mohammed, The American University in Cairo, School of Continuing Education, AMIDEAST Egypt
  • Prof. (Dr.) Khwaja M. Rafi, Director, Mewat Engineering College (MEC), India
  • Dr. Wesam Al Madhoun, Lecturer, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia
  • Mr. Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), India
  • Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui, Executive Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India
  • Sir Chrysostomos Vassili, Humanitarian, Global President of the United Refugee Green Council and CEO of V Global Green Environment Philanthropist and Vassili Group Infrastructure Development Enterprise, UK
  • Mr. KK Babul Mohanty, Industrialist, global business leader, Educationist, Philanthropist, Chairman – Titaghur Plc & KIDL (distant learning), UK
  • Prof (Dr.) Mohammed Farashuddin, Founder Vice Chancellor and Chief Adviser Professor, East West University, Bangladesh
  • Ms. Gauri Eshwaran, Founder principal – The Sanskriti School, Delhi; Advisor, Shiv Nadar Schools & Vice Chair of The Global Education and leadership foundation (GELF), India
  • Mr. Moorthy, Chief Operating Officer, ITeltronics Pvt. Ltd. plc, India
  • Shri Thiru Santosh K. Misra, IAS, CEO, Commissionerate of e-Governance, Government of Tamil Nadu, India
  • Mr. Richard Rekhy, Board Member, KPMG Dubai & Former CEO, KPMG India, Dubai
  • Mr. Kothandaraman Sridharan, CEO – CleverInsight Pvt Ltd, San Jose, CA, USA
  • Mr. Tabrez Ahmad, Group Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Dell Technologies, India
  • Prof Anup Pradhan, President / Vice Chancellor, Sunrise University Alwar
  • Mr. Avik Dey, President & Business Head – Chancellor Cell, Adamas University, India
  • Mr. Supreeth Nagaraju, Head Education, Digital Media – India & South Asia, Adobe, India
  • Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Chairperson, BRAC Bangladesh & Executive Chairman, Power and Participation Research Centre, Bangladesh
  • Prof Ravinder Kumar, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, India
  • Mr. Shisir Khanal, Founder/CEO, Nitishala Nepal; Advisor, Tulsipur Sub-Metropolitan City; Co-founder, PickNDrop & Co-founder, Teach For Nepal
  • Mr. Atul Singh, Vice President – CSR, Emami Ltd, India
  • Mr. Saurabh Rai, National Coordinator-Schools 2030, Aga Khan Foundation India
  • Mr. Babar Ali, “Youngest Headmaster in the World” by BBC in Oct 2009, India
  • Prof. (Dr) Najma Akhtar, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), India
  • Prof. Amila Jayarathne, Head, Department of Marketing Management, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Sri Jayaewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Sushan Acharya, Professor, Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Prof. Veera Gupta, Professor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), India
  • Ms. Lena Deros, Expert in Global Philosophy, Founder President of Omnilink; an EU boutique investment bank, Associate Publisher, New Europe, UK
  • Dr. Vasudha Prakash, Founder-Director – V-Excel Educational Trust, India
  • Ms. Roshee Lamichhane, Assistant Professor, Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal
  • Dr. Ronald Kovach, Executive Director, American International Accreditation Association of Schools and Colleges (AIAASC), USA
  • Dr. Biswajit Saha, Director (Training & Skill Education), CBSE, India
  • Dr. Suresh Kumar Soni, Hon’ble Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBoSE) MHRD, India
  • Dr. Mahua Das, President, W.B. Council of H.S. Education, Gov’t of West Bengal, India
  • Prof Rihan Khan Suri, Placement Officer-JMI (Central University) & Chairman – Gargi College (DU), India
  • Prof (Dr) Venkatesh Raikar, Director (quality assurance) KLE Technological University, Hubli, India
  • Shri. Gaur Hari Khanra, CEO-Centre for Policy & Training for School Education (CPTSE-ATI) & National Resource Person (Trainer Development Programme), Gov’t of India
  • Prof. M.K. Surappa, Vice Chancellor, Anna University, India
  • Prof Dato’ Dr. Jayles Yeoh, President & CEO, AIMSMET Executive Education, Professor of Globalisation, Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia
  • Dr. Md. Sabur Khan, Chairman, Daffodil International, University (DIU) & Daffodil Family, Bangladesh
  • Prof A.K. Enamul Haque, Professor, East West University & Director, ACD, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Samy Ibrahim, Professional Development Manager at Discovery Education with TPLA & Co-founder of Flexi Education Framework, Malaysia
  • Prof (Dr.) Partha Chatterjee, Dean – International Partnerships and Professor & Head – Department of Economics, Shiv Nadar University, India
  • Prof Khaeruddin Sudharmin, Chairman Examination Board, CILT & Adjunct Professor, UNITAR International University, Malaysia
  • Mr. Pyare Zia Khan, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, Ashmi Group
  • Mr. Sreejith Nair, Executive Director, MagneSSa Enterprises Pvt Ltd
  • Mr. Shaukat Mufti, OSD-Hamdard National Foundation (HECA) & Executive Secretary, Business & Employment Bureau (BEB Delhi)
  • Dr. Prakash Sharma, Ambassador, Global Startup Ecosystem and International Startup Ecosystem & Mission Head- P Combinator & Passion Framework
  • Mr. Shaad Rahman, Co-Founder & CEO, Phixman Technologies Pvt Ltd
  • Mr. Tanveer Mirza, President of NGO Yashodhara working in like skill, Rural Development, Youth Transformation, Environment etc.
  • Shri Govind Singh Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of Education (Higher & Elementary Education, Language, Art, and Culture), Gov’t of Himachal Pradesh
  • Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman, Global Smart Cities Panel & Unleashing India
  • Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times
  • Mr. Salman Ahmed, Co-Founder, The Policy Times, India
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