11th CII Education Summit 2021 ~ Programme

DAY 1 - Thursday, 21 October

09:00 – 10:00

Registration / Tea-Coffee

10:00 – 11:00 Hrs

Inaugural Session

11:00 – 12:00 Hrs

Plenary Session 1 – Implementation of NEP

12:00 – 13:00 Hrs

Plenary Session 2 – Lessons from COVID-19 pandemic & Tackling Mental Health Challenges of Teachers and Students

13:00 – 14:00 Hrs


14:00 – 14:45 Hrs

Plenary Session 3 - Connected Learning: Leveraging Pedagogy, Relationship, and Technology for Education

14:45 – 15:30 Hrs

Plenary Session 4 - Integration of Academic and Vocational Education

15:30 – 16:15

Plenary Session 5 - Outcome-based Education and Assessment Reforms

Tea / Coffee on the sides


Parallel Session

15:30 – 16:15

Parallel Session 5A - Role of Schools and Parents in Early Childhood Education

17:00 – 17:30 Hrs

Valedictory Session

Tea / Coffee at the end


Inaugural Session - 10:00 – 11:00 Hrs


Welcome Address

Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy
Chairman CII Education Council & Executive Chairman – Cyient


Mr. Ramachandra Rao Begur
Senior Education Specialist, UNICEF


Mr. Shailendra Sigdel Statistical Advisor for South Asia UNESCO

Release of CII – Deloitte School Report – Yearly Status of School Education (YeSSE) in States and Union Territories of India

Inaugural Address by the Chief Guest

Prof. Dinesh Prasad Saklani
Director, NCERT
Chairperson, National Council for Teacher Education

Closing Remarks

Ms. Radhika Bharat Ram
Co-Chair CII Education Council &
Jt. Vice Chairman – The Shri Ram Schools

Plenary 1

Panel Discussion 1 - Implementation of National Education Policy (NEP)

NEP 2020 aims at universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level. The policy reaffirms that bridging social gaps in access, participation, and learning outcomes in school education will continue to be one of the major goals of all education programmes.
This session will examine the pace of implementation of NEP across states and what steps can be taken for smooth rollout.

Plenary Session 1 -- 11:00 – 12:00 Hrs

Moderated By:

Ms. Lakshmi Sampath Goyal
Centre for Civil Society




Dr Hriday Kant Dewan
Azim Premj University


Mr. Subir Shukla
Educational Quality Improvement Facilitator Group Ignus


Mr. Antony Nellissery Chief School of Excellence, Bharti Foundation


Dr. Kamlesh Vyas
Partner, Education & Skill Development Deloitte

Plenary Session – 2

Panel Discussion 2 - Lessons from COVID-19 pandemic & Tackling Mental Health Challenges of Teachers and Students

The outbreak of the health pandemic disrupted education systems globally, affecting the most vulnerable learners the hardest. While addressing the impact of the pandemic and making the education system more resilient, we are constantly seeking ways to prepare students for the future. The pandemic was an unusual event that compelled educators around the world to innovate in order to continue teaching, while students faced a multitude of challenges in absorbing the lessons. This session will look at the challenges and innovations that emerged during the pandemic and the way forward for transformation.
Besides, two years of lock-down has resulted in increased levels of stress in the lives of both teachers and students. Even as the schools have reopened now, there are changes in behaviour, mood, and reflexes of both students and teachers who are finding it difficult to adjust to the new normal. This session will talk about mechanisms to integrate and create awareness on mental health issues and ways to improve social-emotional learning using technology.

Plenary Session 2 -- 12:00 – 13:00 Hrs



Ms. Mamta Saikia


CEO, Bharti Foundation

Keynote Address

Ms. Zoya Rizvi*


Deputy Commissioner


School Health Programme under Ayushman Bharat


Ministry of Health & Family Welfare


Mr. Murari Jha
Teacher, Delhi Government School


Mr. Vivek Kumar
Kshamtalaya Foundation

Ms. Richa Gupta Co-Founder Labhya Foundation

Dr. Jaishree Sethi
Cheshta Care Foundation

Plenary Session 3

Panel Discussion 3 - Connected Learning: Leveraging Pedagogy, Relationship, and Technology for Education

The pandemic forced a massive shift to online learning and technology became the saviour of education. But with resumption of face-to-face classes, we need to strike the right balance between use of digital tools and physical teaching. This session will examine how we can make hybrid learning work for everyone, support and empower teachers to lead on the design of learning and inclusive pedagogy.

Plenary Session 3 – 14:00 – 14:45 Hrs


Mr. Narayanan Ramaswamy
Partner - Education, Skill Development, Future Workforce KPMG India




Dr. Vinnie Jauhari
Learning & Skills Lead, Microsoft India


Dr. Ashwani Sharma
Senior Program Manager
Google Research and Data Commons Google


Mr. Amit Goyal
Head – India & APAC edX

Parallel Session 4

Panel Discussion 4 - Integration of Academic and Vocational Education

NEP 2020 places great emphasis on vocational education. It highlights the integration of vocational education into mainstream educational institutions in a phased manner, beginning with vocational exposure at early ages in middle & secondary school, quality vocational education integrating smoothly into higher education. But are there enough teachers for vocational courses? Is there a plan for attracting students to vocational courses? How can vocational education be made aspirational for students and parents? How can the myth be broken once and for all that employment through mainstream education has more dignity of labour as compared to vocational system? This session will talk about how a curriculum can be designed which combines both academic and vocational education to enhance students’ career prospects.

Plenary Session 4 - 14:45 – 15:30 Hrs



Dr. CB Sharma
Professor of Education, IGNOU Former Chairman NIOS

Keynote Address

Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, IAS (Retd.)
National Council for Vocational Education & Training


Dr. Biswajit Saha
Director – Training & Skill Education, CBSE


Dr. Lakshya Chhabaria
President, Affordable Private Schools & Associations Director, SR Capital Group of Schools


Mr. Allan Rodrigues
CEO, Spring

Plenary Session 5

Plenary Discussion 5 – Outcome-Based Education and Assessment Reforms

The NEP 2020 calls for a ‘shift from [an assessment system] that is summative and primarily tests rote memorization skills to one that is more regular and formative, is more competency-based, promotes learning development for our students, and tests higher-order skills, such as analysis, critical thinking and conceptual clarity. To map progress throughout school years, the policy proposes an annual school examination for all students in Grades 3, 5, and 8. This assessment will focus on testing core concepts, application of knowledge, and higher-order thinking skills.
This panel will deliberate if this kind of assessment will be effective in improving the overall development of a child? How can the data collected through personalized and creative assessments be used to benefit students? How can it be implemented and integrated in the present formal education system?

Plenary Session 5 - 15:30 – 16:15 Hrs




Keynote Address

Dr. Joseph Emmanuel Director – Academics CBSE


Dr Indrani Bhaduri
Professor & Head, Educational Survey Division National Council of Educational Research and Training


Dr Priyanka Sharma
Director Research, ACER India

Parallel Session 5A

Parallel Discussion 5A – Role of Schools and Parents in Early Childhood Education

While NEP for the first time has brought early childhood education under the formal bracket of education, the Covid pandemic put a full stop for two years on any kind of state support for this segment of population. While online medium worked somewhat for virtually every segment of education, can early childhood education, i.e., for children between 0 and 3 years of age, be done in distance mode? This session will examine how can effective and high-quality early childhood care end education be ensured for each and every child in the country.

Plenary Session 5 - 15:30 – 16:15 Hrs



Dr. Renu Singh
Executive Director, Young Lives Research to Policy Centre
Country Director, Young Lives India


Dr Venita Kaul
Professor Emeritus, Ambedkar University


Mr. Krishnan S
Associate Project Director Partnerships & New Initiatives Central Square Foundation


Prof. Rekha Sharma Sen
Faculty of Child Development, IGNOU

Valedictory Session - 17:00 – 17:30 Hrs


Opening Remarks

Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy
Chairman, CII Education Council & Executive Chairman – Cyient

Valedictory Address

Dr. (Major General) Soumyesh N Bhaduri
Medical Director, Serensa Health

Closing Remarks


End of Summit