1. The Inaugural session was moderated by Mr. Anjan Das (Executive Director, CII). He welcomed all the dignitaries on the dais and the participants and discussed regarding the theme of the event and mentioned that technology plays a vital role in education today for imparting valuable practical knowledge and skills which are based around computing and communications devices, software that operates them, applications that run on them and systems that are built with them.
2. Mr. Rajiv Srivastava (Managing Director, HP, India) addressed the gathering and threw light on the steps and initiatives taken by HP in education sector. He mentioned that education in India can progress and reach global standards if industries and educational institutes work hand in hand. He also discussed the case studies for HP initiatives in education sector for the masses.
3. Ms. Debjani Ghosh (Vice President, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd.) discussed the approach and solutions needed for solving the existing problems in education sector. She introduced the winners of Intel “Innovate for Digital India Challenge”, the team 4S Learning who designed a portable solar powered learning system that has several features such as it can be used to create a Wi-fi zone, audio - visual classroom, etc. She also mentioned that there is a need for module on teacher training for making an ecosystem to bring makers of technology together. Technology in education can do wonders if accomplished by the active and thoughtful participation of each and every citizen of the country. She concluded by saying that the execution of such initiatives can bring fruitful results if implemented at all levels of education.
4. Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik (Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.) discussed the biggest challenge in education sector, i.e., teacher capacity. He then talked about the Project Shiksha and the SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform for online courses which will be accessible by school as well as college students and provide certification. He also discussed the importance of augmented reality in education and stated that it was encouraging that the Indian government is prioritizing technology as an enabler in education for the transformation and development of the country. He added that CII has initiated the conference as a platform for having transformative exchanges and deliberations to understand the nature of the opportunities being offered by the government programs like SWAYAM which would help in unifying the country and bringing development to the masses.
5. Mr. Richard Everitt (Director, Education - British Council India), thanked CII for organizing the conference and provide an opportunity to discuss several aspects of technology that will help in improving the overall standard of education in the country.