Nandan Nilikani, Chairman of Unique Identity Authorization of India (UIDAI), Former CEO of Infosys
- Keynote Speaker
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I personally believe that getting our higher education act together is the single biggest catalyst for India to realize its demographic dividend. Conversely, if we don’t do it well, I think, as we all know, we will have a demographic disaster or a demographic burden.
Somak Raychaudhury, Dean of Faculty, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Presidency University
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Can we come up with models in which we can induct science in liberal arts programs which would fit a low cost model that Indian universities must adopt ? One thing Priya (Prof. Priya Natarajan, Dept of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University) has mentioned is that teaching quantitative nature of interpretation is very important in the humanities and the sciences can come through laboratory exercises.
Nikhil Sinha, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University
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The idea is we open up this world of knowledge to you, now you take it from here to where you want to go, and I think that’s where the challenge still lies for us. Are we teaching these courses in a pedagogy that is consistent with the objectives of a liberal arts program, however you describe it?
David Oxtoby, President, Pomona College
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It’s not just about professional training for particular jobs. It’s thinking about the role and the value of the entire student, their personal development as well as their intellectual development, that’s a core aspect of a residential, liberal arts college in the United States.