President Mukherjee to Inaugurate International Conference on “Universities of the Future” at Jindal University

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a three-day international conference on the theme of “Universities of the Future: Knowledge, Innovation and Responsibility“, at the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in Sonipat, Haryana on 18 March 2017.

Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana, Shri. Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Rambilas Sharma, Minister of Education, Government of Haryana, Smt. Kavita Jain, Minister of Women & Child Development, Government of Haryana and Shri Ramesh Chander Kaushik, Member of Parliament, Sonipat are amongst other dignitaries who will be present at the inauguration ceremony.

The international forum seeks to examine the future of the Indian universities in the twenty first century and will have thirteen thematic panels with engaging content and discourse. Thematic sessions at the international forum are devoted to important themes surrounding research, knowledge creation and publications, innovation, regulation, policymaking, financing of universities and internationalisation of higher education.

Subject specific sessions at the conference will also focus on areas of science and technology, medicine, law, management, social sciences and humanities, journalism, international affairs and public policy.

India’s aspirations of building world-class universities will depend on three critical paradigms, first, need for creating a vision for higher education that will focus on research and knowledge creation, institutional excellence and global benchmarking as the indicators for standard-setting; second, the need for pursuing substantial reforms relating to policy, regulation and governance of higher education; and third, is the need for investigating a paradigmatic shift for promoting interdisciplinary in higher education with a stronger and deeper focus on the pedagogy of teaching and learning in different fields of inquiry.

Through a series of perspectives from noted academics and scholars from around the world, the conference will attempt to discuss these three strings of thought across various sessions. The forum also aims to create higher education opportunities that will enable the future generations of students to pursue world-class education in world-class universities in India.

Distinguished educationists, presidents, vice chancellors, deans, academic leaders and institution builders from India and around the world are expected to participate in the international forum.

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