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School Choice National Conference  2020

About the programme

COVID-19 has wreaked unimaginable damage across the world. One sector, particularly hit hard, is school education. Schools all over have been shut for at least seven months. In India alone, the World Bank estimates a loss of $400 billion due to school closures. These closures have adversely affected nearly 320 million students. Long-term impact on learning outcomes is still undetermined. How do we make our regulatory framework accommodate and adapt to these changing realities?

We need to create a principles-based light-but-tight regulatory architecture. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recognizes the need for this. The Policy proposes to change the “overemphasis on inputs, and the mechanistic nature of their specifications” make requirements “more responsive to realities on the ground”. Given the overarching message of the Policy on achieving quality, innovation and equity and the challenges introduced by COVID-19, we need to focus on three aspects: envisaging regulations for new realities, exploring the future of schooling, and ensuring access and equity in education.

Through the 11th School Choice National Conference, we aim to address the question of how governments can build an effective institutional framework for private schools towards the goal of quality education for all. With three panels comprising state and Union government officials, educationists, and public administration experts, we propose to delve into each of the three aspects laid out above and assist government functionaries to develop an implementation blueprint for their respective states.

You can read more about our previous School Choice National Conferences here.

Conference Dates: 22 and 23 January 2021

Registration for the conference is free!

For more information, contact sneha@ccs.in


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Conference Schedule

 

Day 1 | 22nd January 2021

16:30 - 17:15 IST | Keynote Address on “Governance for Quality education”

Prof Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor, University College London


17:30 - 19:00 IST | Session 1: Envisaging regulations for new realities

Anirudh Khaitan, Vice Chairman, Khaitan Public School and Treasurer, FICCI ARISE

Dr E Prasad Rao, Quality Advisor NISA and Founder, Paramita Schools

Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society

Bhuvana Anand, Founder Director, Trayas Foundation>


Day 2 | 23rd January 2021

10:30 - 12:00 IST | Session 2: Moving towards 21st-century schooling

Vishnu Karthik, CEO, Xperiential Learning Systems (The Heritage Schools)

Vidhi Jain, Co-founder, Shikshantar

- Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, CATO Institute


13:00 - 14:30 IST | Session 3: Ensuring access and equity in education

Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School

Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, TeamLease Services Ltd

Ekta Sodha, Vice President, Quality Control, NISA

Tanaya Kilara, Head, Education Services at Varthana


15:00 - 16:00 IST | Closing Address on “Implementing NEP in Uttar Pradesh”

Vijay Kiran Anand, Director-General of School Education, Uttar Pradesh

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Speakers

 

  Panel 1 | Envisaging regulations for new realities | 22nd January, 2021 from 17:30 to 19:00 IST

  1. Anirudh Khaitan, Vice Chairman, Khaitan Public School

  2. Amit Kaushik, CEO, Australian Council for Educational Research

  3. Dr. E Prasad Rao, Quality Advisor NISA and Founder, Paramita Schools

  4. Moderator: Bhuvana Anand, Trayas Foundation


  Panel 2 | Moving towards 21st century schooling | 23rd January, 2021 from 10:30 to 12:00 IST

  1. Vishnu Karthik, CEO, Xperiential Learning Systems (The Heritage Schools)

  2. Vidhi Jain, Co-founder, Shikshantar

  3. Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute

  4. Moderator: Prashant Narang, CCS


  Panel 3 | Ensuring access and equity in education | 23rd January, 2021 from 13:00 to 14:30 IST

  1. Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School

  2. Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, Teamlease Services

  3. Ekta Sodha, Vice President, Quality Control, NISA

  4. Moderator: Rohan Joshi, Bolo English