About the Summit

Riding on the success of ‘Global Education & Skill Conclave’ that was held between December 3-5, 2020, APAC News Network is organising the 2nd Global Education & Skill Conclave (GESC) between August 11-13, 2021.

This conclave comes at a time when the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is staring at India. The challenges that beset the education sector are even more. The aim of the conclave is to bring together the best thought leaders, state administrators, technology & industry leaders, innovators, NGOs and international experts to deliberate and discuss on the issues on hand and find ways to tackle problems.




11-13 Aug 2021

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Host Partners

Country Partner

Co-Presenting Partner

Co-Powered by Partner

Payment Partner

Education Partner

EdTech Partner

B-School Partner

University Partner

School Partner

Associate Partner

State Partners

Supporting Partner

Participation From

  • - Policy Makers and Regulators from Ministry of Education, Govt of India
  • - Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • - Ministry of Human Resource and Development
  • - All India Council for Technical Education
  • - National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog)
  • - State Education Ministers
  • - State Higher Education Departments
  • - State Technical Education Departments
  • - State Education Councils
  • - State School Education Departments
  • - Universities, Higher and Technical Education Institutions
  • - School Education Institutions
  • - Experts from Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Eco-System
  • - Foreign Embassies
  • - Global Leaders and Industry Experts in Education
  • - EduTech Companies
  • - Banks and Financial Organizations

Key Focus Areas

  • - Innovations and Technology in Education
  • - National Education Policy-2020 for desired results
  • - Global Curriculum Standards
  • - Trends in Education Eco-System
  • - International Competitiveness
  • - Digital Learning
  • - Role of IT and Emerging Technologies
  • - Education as an Industry and Investments
  • - Education in the COVID-19 Era
  • - Evolution and Trends in Skilling and Industry-Academia Collaborations
  • - Challenges, Opportunities and Way Ahead in Education
  • - Education Infrastructure
  • - Support Policy Agenda Setting to meet future challenges

Guest of Honour

Dr Dhan Singh Rawat

Hon'ble Minister for Higher Education and Medical Health & Family, Government of Uttarakhand

Programme Chair

Navin Mittal, IAS

Commissioner, Collegiate and Technical Education Department, Government of Telangana

Co-Programme Chair

M.Nagarajan, IAS

Director, Higher Education Department, Government of Gujarat


Key Speakers

Varnali Deka, IAS

Secretary, Skill Employment & Entrepreneurship Department, Government of Assam & MD, EGM

Kunal Silku, IAS

Mission Director, Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission, Government of Uttar Pradesh

Dr Akhilesh Gupta

Adviser & Head, STIP-2020, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India

Dr M P Poonia

Vice Chairman

Dr Mohit Gambhir

Innovation Director
MoE's Innovation Cell

Dr Biswajit Saha

Director (Training & Skill Education)

Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi

Senior Head – Digital Skills, Innovation, Partnerships & CSR at NSDC, MSDE, Government of India

Prof. K Rama Mohan Rao

Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education

Higher Education Leaders

Dr SS Mantha

Former Chairman AICTE, Currently Chancellor, KL University

Dr Niranajan Hiranandani

Provost, HSNC University, President, Nardeco, Co-Founder & MD, Hiranandani Group, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Prof. (Dr) Manikrao Salunkhe

Vice Chancellor
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University

Dr Sayalee Gankar

Vice Chancellor
DY Patil University

Prof. (Dr) P Kaliraj

Vice Chancellor
Bharathiar University

Kunwar Shekhar Vijendra

Co-Founder & Chancellor
Shobhit University

Dr Rupa Vasudevan

BEST Innovation University

Wendy Dsouza

Sr. Vice President
Enterprise Ireland & Education in Ireland

Prof. (Dr) Mangesh T Karad

Executive President
MIT – ADT University

Vineet Gupta

Founder and Trustee, Ashoka University, Founder and Trustee, Plaksha University, Co-Founder & MD, Jamboree Education

Dr Madhu Chitkara

Chitkara university

Dr Mahendra Sharma

Pro Chancellor
Ganpat University

Dr RS Bawa

Pro Chancellor
Chandigarh University

Rajita Kulkarni

Sri Sri University

Sudhanshu Varma

Chief Operating Officer
Bennett University

Prof. (Dr) Biswajeet Pattanayak

President, ASBM University

Prof. Shrihari Prakash Honwad

President, Sir Padampat Singhania University

Shasi Anand Sridharan

Vice President
Kalasalingam University

Dr Raj Singh

Vice chancellor
Jain University

Prof. (Dr) Navin Sheth

Vice chancellor
Gujarat Technological University

Prof. VN Rajasekharan Pillai

Vice Chancellor, Somaiya Vidyavihar University

Dr Anubha Singh

Vice Chancellor
Alliance University

Dr VK Rattan

Vice Chancellor
GNA University

Prof. (Dr) Ashok Mahapatra

Vice Chancellor, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (Deemed to be University)

Prof. (Dr) Tabrez Ahmad

Vice Chancellor
GD Goenka University

Dr Roshan Lal Raina

Vice Chancellor
JK Lakshmipat University

Dr R M Suresh

Pro Vice Chancellor, Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER)

Dr Rana Singh

Vice Chancellor & CEO - IIIE
Sanskriti University

Prof. (Dr) Prafulkumar Udani

Director General
CVM University

Dr KP Isaac

Director General
XIME Group of Institutions

Prof. (Dr) Martand T Telsang

Vice Chancellor
Sanjay Ghodawat University

Dr Vikas Singh

Vice chancellor
ITM University, Raipur

Prof. (Dr) SP Singh

Vice Chancellor
Royal Global University

Dr Balakrishna Shetty

Vice Chancellor
Sri Siddhartha University, Tumakuru

Dr Jatinder Sharma

Vice Chancellor, Baddi University of Emerging Sciences & Technology

Prof. S Salivahanan

Vice Chancellor, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology

Dr Harsh Sadawarti

Vice Chancellor
CT University

Pankaj Jain

Regional Director India Subcontinent, UTS (University of Technology Sydney) College, Australia

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury

Pro Vice Chancellor
Adamas University

Dr B Sendilkumar

Dean & Director – Health Sciences, Vinayakamissions Research Foundation – Deemed to be University

Prof. (Dr) Sanjiv Marwah

JK Business School

Dr Kartik Jain

Swarrnim Startup and Innovation University

Dr Parvinder Singh

Vice Chancellor
Rayat Bahra University

Devinder Narain

Director - Strategy
Shobhit University

Dr KK Mishra

Associate Director - Accreditation and Quality Assurance Cell, Chitkara University

Aditya Berlia

Joint Secretary
Apeejay Education Society

Dr R D Patidar

Vice Chancellor
OP Jindal University, Raigarh

Dr Abhay Kumar

Vice Chancellor
Pratap University

Dr Parag Sanghani

P. P. Savani University

Dr Shauli Mukherjee

Director School of Education and Dean Students Affairs, Adamas University

Dr S Prakash

Director Research
SNS Group of Institutions


School Education Leaders

Dr SK Rathor

Founder, Chairman & MD
Sanfort Group of School

Dr Mona Lisa Bal

KiiT International School

Chandrashekhar DP

Jain Group of Schools

Dr Manimekalai Mohan

Founder & Managing Trustee
SSVM Institutions

Amol Arora

Vice chairman & MD
Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools

Anirudh Gupta

DCM Group of Schools

Reekrit Serai

Managing Director
Satluj Group of Schools

Kanak Gupta

Seth M.R. Jaipuria Schools

Dr (Ms) Chandrakanta R Pathak

Principal & CEO, HVB Global Academy

Madhu Khanna

Principal, Global Indian International School, Tokyo

Surabhi Goel

Aditya Birla Education Academy

Mukesh Sharma

Chairman & Director
Prometheus School

Pratima Sinha

DSR Educational Society

Aditi Goradia

Managing Director
Billimoria High School

Dr Sarvesh Naidu

Executive Vice-President
TRINS Group of Schools, Kerala

K Prabhakaran

The Lawrence School

B. Anantha Krishnan

CEO - Operations
Kalorex Group

Dr Amrita Vohra

Director Education
GEMS International School

Ankit Agarwal

The Doon Global School

Dr Sunita Swaraj

The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj

Dr Kavita Bajpai

The International School of Thrissur

Malini Narayanan

Army Public School

Alpana Baveja

Principal, Manav Rachna International School, Gurugram Sec 51

Sakshi Sojatia

Neerja Modi School Udaipur

Dr Ritu Chauhan

Principal, Manipal International School Bangalore

Dr Vidhukesh Vimal

The Assam Valley School

Debika Chatterji

Director Principal
JBCN International School

Dr Manjula Raman

CEO, Royale Concorde International Group of Schools

Past Partners