Chairman, Franchise India Holdings Ltd.
Redesigning Education for the 21st Century
The 21st century calls for preparing the youth for a Knowledge-led economy. This calls for systemic reforms to improve teaching and learning in Indian schools to meet the needs of the millennial students who want to make a difference to their life and the prosperity of the country.
Our nation is becoming increasingly divided. There is an India of the well off, where well-educated families can Afford good education for their children and there is an India where families struggling in poverty or close to it, Have little access to even a modest education. At a time when, more than ever before, economic progress and Educational achievement have become inextricably linked, the scenario of a Knowledge-led economy calls For a serious need to evaluate the achievement gap in education and device ways to provide every child with An education that will enable them to make a difference. In one sense we live in exciting times. Given the Population and available resources, there will be a need for reinvention of everything. This will call for Change Thinking by the faculty, the institutions, the pedagogical practices, the partners and service providers who will Have to transform them to stay relevant and competitive in today??s global economy. Today leaders in education are exploring how they can intelligently redesign the systems they've inherited to meet this challenge, rather than merely manage them within the existing constraints. What can we do to help leaders in education draw on knowledge about teaching and learning as well as organizations and management practices that will build and sustain a new and responsive set of schools and colleges to meet the needs of 21st-century India? Accordingly the theme of Indian Education Congress 2013 is Rethinking Return on Education (ROE). The Indian Education Congress 2013 in its third edition has emerged as the foremost forum that integrates what is best in the field of education with what is rewarding in the world of business. The Indian Education Congress brings together a diverse set of education entrepreneurs, institutional leaders, investors and suppliers in an engaging setting to explore and Integrate principles of effective leadership, entrepreneurship, and management with the principles of imparting education that would produce both growth and equity. I look forward to welcoming you to the deliberations across the two days of the Congress on how we should redesign schools for the 21st century.