December 6-8,2013
Hilton Americas, Houston, TX, USA

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Endeavors range from setting up a $1M center at IIT Kharagpur to start-up funds for new ventures to funding scholarships to new chapters and many more

Education, Breakout 1

Title: Future of Higher Education in India: Establishing world-class research universities

The IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and a few additional Indian institutions have established themselves as global brands. Their alumni are trailblazers and leaders in diverse fields and brand ambassadors in most walks of life.  However, none of the Indian institutions are currently in the top 200 in majority of world rankings on research universities.  Further, none of the Indian institutions are comprehensive by design.

Why are world-class research universities important to the society and India?  Could IITs and existing Indian universities transform themselves to become comprehensive world-class research universities? Are new universities better positioned to fill this gap?  What changes in the funding models, governance and policy could enable the transformation of higher education in India?

The panel consisting of a Provost, faculty members and administrators from world-class research universities, IIT Directors, and a co-founder of a newly established university in India will discuss these timely and important questions.


  • ·         Chitta Baral: Professor and past Department Chair of Computer Science at the Arizona State University
  • ·         Prabhat Hajela: Provost, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy
  • ·         Rakesh Jaggi: co-Founder, Ashoka University; Vice President, Sustaining, Schlumberger
  • ·         Sudhir Jain: Director, IIT Gandhinagar
  • ·         Devang Khakhar: Director, IIT Bombay
  • ·         Devesh Kapur: Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
  • ·         Shail Kumar: former senior administrator at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego (Moderator)


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