We have created a PDF file which includes the final conference program, along with links to presenter biographies, and the various institutions represented. You can download this program at the link below, and it is also available at http://www.astro.pomona.edu/blog/mohra/program.
We have created a PDF file which includes the final conference program, along with links to presenter biographies, and the various institutions represented. You can download this program at the link below, and it is also available at http://www.astro.pomona.edu/blog/mohra/program. Interactive PDF file with program, biographies, and institution descriptions: FutureOf_LiberalArts_InIndia_010614View full post
The meeting schedule is now released by our organizing committee. The opening reception will be on the evening of January 6, 2014, followed by full day sessions at the Raman Research Institute on January 7, and a full day session at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements on January 8. Evening receptions and dinners at the …View full post
Ramachandra Guha, noted Indian historian, columnist, philosopher and author, will be delivering a keynote address at the “Future of Liberal Arts in India” on January 7, 2014. Mr. Guha studied at St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the …View full post
Nandan Nilekani, entrepreneur, former CEO of Infosys, Inc. and currently chair of two key Indian government committees on technology (the Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects – TAGUP – and the UIDAI committee), will deliver a keynote speech to our “Future of Liberal Arts in India” conference on January 9, 2014. Mr. Nilekani was CEO of …View full post
The newly founded Ashoka University, O.P. Jindal University, the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and the Young India Fellowship will all be participating, with their founding members and leaders presenting each of their conceptions of new forms of education for India. Other exciting new institutions like the Nalanda University, Shiv Nadar University, the Azim Premji …View full post
The meeting schedule is now released by our organizing committee. The opening reception will be on the evening of January 6, 2014, followed by full day sessions at the Raman Research Institute on January 7, and a full day session at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements on January 8. Evening receptions and dinners at the RRI and at the IIHS will occur on January 7 and 8, with a half-day session on January 9 at the RRI. You can download this schedule is available in our “prospectus” document (linked below), which also describes the goals of the meetings and gives details about our keynote speakers, the organizing committee and confirmed attendees.
Ramachandra Guha, noted Indian historian, columnist, philosopher and author, will be delivering a keynote address at the “Future of Liberal Arts in India” on January 7, 2014. Mr. Guha studied at St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Management at Kolkata, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the history and prehistory of the Chipko movement. Now a full-time writer, he has previously taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford, held the Arné Naess Chair at the University of Oslo, and been the Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science. Mr. Guha is a prolific and profound author of many books on topics ranging from history, politics, anthropology and cricket. Titles of books authored or co-authored by Mr. Guha include Environmentalism: A Global History, Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India, The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalya, A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport, Last Liberal and Other Essays, Nature, Culture, Imperialism: Essays on the Environmental History of South Asia, and several other titles.
More information about Mr. Guha is available at:
Nandan Nilekani, entrepreneur, former CEO of Infosys, Inc. and currently chair of two key Indian government committees on technology (the Technology Advisory Group for Unique Projects – TAGUP – and the UIDAI committee), will deliver a keynote speech to our “Future of Liberal Arts in India” conference on January 9, 2014. Mr. Nilekani was CEO of Infosys, Inc., from 2002 and 2007, and presided over the growth of this company as it expanded to over 80,000 employees and surpassed a worth of $30 billion, making it India’s third largest IT-based company. Mr. Nilekani’s book Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation sets forth a number of bold ideas about the future of India, and his contributions to the discussion of India in popular culture include frequent speaking engagements, TED talks and even an appearance on the Jon Stewart Daily Show. We are excited he will be joining our conference and addressing our group with his vision about the Future of Liberal Arts Education in India!
More information about Mr. Nilekani is available at:
With the advent of online courses, and new technologies, liberal arts and residential education are enjoying a surprising renaissance in the world. Liberal Arts Education is one that provides a chance to explore broadly across all areas of knowledge, in an interactive and engaging way. We have assembled a great set of readings and resources to help define liberal arts education in this new age and will engage in a discussion in our meeting with a diverse group of thought leaders. How can curriculum be re-imagined to be more interdisciplinary? more responsive to the needs of modern India? more relevant to society and to the challenges of today?
Perhaps liberal arts is resurgent because the deepest questions that all human beings need to answer never change, and perhaps students have an increasing need for wisdom and deep knowledge in a world that is awash with information. What are the key elements of a liberal arts or residential education? How do they promote critical thinking? leadership? happiness? And what is the role of online education in this new era of MOOCs – and how should our curriculum respond to provide the best possible education for the 21st century? We will discuss these questions and more in our meeting.
How will online education change higher education in India, and in the world? What elements exist within India to lead this revolution, and use it to maximize the effectiveness of instruction and the access to higher education within the country. We will discuss these topics and more at our conference. For an excellent overview of the state of online education, please check our page on Online Ed and MOOCs, which contains the materials suggested for attendees to the online education summit entltled “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education” sponsored by Harvard and MIT on March 3 and 4, 2011. India is a leader in IT technology and has its own domestic online education system known as NPTEL – how can India make best use of these massive changes in learning?
Our conference has enlisted a group of the most innovative thought leaders and educators from India and the United States. Below is a list of some of the speakers who will be participating.
- Dr. Pramath Sinha, Founder and Vice Chancellor, Ashoka University; Director, Young India Fellowship (will bring a team from Ashoka University)
- Dr. Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Co-Director, Program in Agrarian Studies; and Chair, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
- Dr. Aromar Revi, Founder and Director of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (will also come with a small group)
- Dr. Raj Kumar, Founder and Vice Chancellor of the O.P. Jindal Global University (with a small group)
- Mr. Dileep Ranjekar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation
- Mr. Anand Sudarshan, Founder and Director, Sylvant, and former Director, Manipal Global Education
- Prof. Venu Narayan, Azim Premji University
- Mr. Madan Padaki, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Head Held High Foundation, Bangalore
- Dr. Rishikesha Krishnan, entrepreneur, author and professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
- Dr. Laurie Patton, Sanskritist, and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Duke University
- Dr Satish Inamdar: Director, Krishnamurti Foundation, Bangalore
- Dr. Rajeev Patke: Director of Humanities at Yale-NUS College, Singapore
- Dr. David Drew: Former Dean of Claremont Graduate Education School, renowned expert on science and math education
- Ms. Akshata Murty: Trustee and alumna of Claremont McKenna College, entrepreneur, and CEO.
- Dr. Bernard Bate: Yale anthropology professor; expert on education and oratory in Southern India
- Dr. Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University, Kolkata – involved in forming Tagore University, and prolific author
- Dr. K P Mohanan, IISER Pune – founder of center of Integrative Studies, who has worked on a number of issues related to liberal arts
- Dr. Cyrus Vakil: Deputy Head of College / Director of Studies, UWC, Pune
- Ms. Nivedita Narain: PRADAN (NGO), Program Director
- Dr. Anup Kumar Dhar: School of Human Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi
- Dr. Usha Rajaram, Director of Learning, UWC Mahindra College, Pune
- Ms. Seetha Ananthasivan: editor of the Bhoomi magazine, Founder of Bhoomi Network, Aastha Foundation and Prakriya Green Wisdom School, Bangalore
- Dr. Bryan Penprase: Pomona College, ACE Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Astrophysicist, author and educator.
Across India, new initiatives are adopting a liberal arts model and implementing new styles of teaching. Some exciting new institutions include the Ashoka University, http://ashoka.edu.in/ , the O.P. Jindal Global University,http://www.jgu.edu.in/ , the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore, http://www.iihs.co.in/ , Tagore University in Pune, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/pune-to-get-india-first-ever-liberal-arts-college/1/210936.html, the new Symbiosis School for liberal arts, http://www.ssla.edu.in. Other initiatives that help create new NGOs and train students in constructive techniques for changing society, such as the new program in Development Practice, developed by Ambedkar University of Delhi and PRADAN. Our meeting at the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore, will include leaders from some of these new initiatives in India and abroad, and a chance to share some of the results of these exciting new programs.