More than 120 education experts are expected to reflect on the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and its role in transforming education, at the International Conference of Academic Institutions (ICAI) to be held on January 5-6 at the Cité des sciences.

Pre-summit as part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2022, the two-day ICAI is organized by the Gujarat Department of Education in association with the Ministry of Education of the Government of India; Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India and Labor, Department of Skills Development and Employment of Gujarat and several national and international universities. The event has Australia, Canada, Norway, UK and France as partner countries.

International organizations including the British Council, the Australian-India Business Exchange, the International Institute of Education and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have confirmed their participation, Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said on Sunday during of a press conference.

Partner government agencies are NITI Aayog, Skill India, National Skills Development Corporation, University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, National Council for Educational Research and Training, and National Board for Accreditation, Vaghani said.

“It will effectively articulate the NEP-2020 roadmap and strategies for its implementation while strengthening relationships between industry, academia and students. This would create a strong link between national and international educational institutions. After the sessions, delegates will also visit the Statue of Unity, the City of Science, Pandit Deendayal Enegry University, the Indian Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (EDII) and the Ministry’s Command and Control Center. of Education, ”added the Minister.

Shwin Fernandes, Regional Director of QS Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Dr Bettina Von Stamm, London Business School, Germany; Rajendra Tripathi and Rashi Jain from the British Council; Koji Yoshida, Director and First Secretary, Embassy of Japan; Ashish Sharma, Director, Trade and Investment, South Asia, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australia; and Vivek Mansukhani, Institute of International Education, United States, are among the speakers. Professor Kannan Moudgalya of IIT-Bombay; Prof Errol D’Souza, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Dr KS Dasgupta, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies Dhirubhai Ambani; Ranjan Bose, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Noida; and Professor SK Jain of IIT-Gandhinagar are also among the Indian speakers.

Sessions of the event include multidisciplinary and holistic education, internationalization of education, skills improvement, employability, digital empowerment and inclusion: NEP 2020, Sustainable Development Goals in the education and way forward. The sessions on skills upgrading and entrepreneurship will allow vice-chancellors of Indian universities to share their experiences. Sessions will also be organized on the effects of Covid-19 on school education, challenges, solutions, the Indian knowledge system. A conclave of vice-chancellors for world-class universities and sessions on skills development and employability will also be organized, as well as a session on the Sanskrit language.