Keynote & Valedictory Address



WINNER Dr Sugata Mitra is a Professor of Education Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, England. He is also Chief Scientist, Emeritus at the for-profit training company NIIT. A proponent of Minimally Invasive Education, he is best known for his Hole in the Wall experiment and the School in the Cloud. In 2013, he was awarded the $1 mn TED prize for his efforts. This grant aided his effort to build a School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to ask 'big questions', share knowledge, and benefit from guidance from online educators.


Geeta Dharmarajan is a writer, social entrepreneur, and educationist. Her deep interest in how children and communities learn led to her starting Katha in 1988.

Her sense of organisational design and pro-poor innovations are the driving force at Katha, and she has to her credit the creation of, inter alia, Katha's unique story pedagogy and earth-friendly curriculum that help make children families into leaders. She believes that translation is a counter-divisive force in India and has made Katha a respected name in literary translation.

She is honorary Chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru's dream institution for children in India, across social and economic divides.

She was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2012 for her contributions in the field of Literature and Education.