Government of Gujarat Hosts International Conclave on Higher Education

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 26 Oct 2016

This conclave brought together multiple stakeholders across government, academia, industry, thought leaders and student community.

International Conclave on Higher Education

An International Conclave on Higher Education was organized as part of the run-up to Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017 by the state government at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on 18th October 2016. With the objective of ‘Transforming Higher Education (Quality, Governance, Innovation)’, this conclave brought together multiple stakeholders across government, academia, industry, thought leaders and student community through comprehensive discussions to arrive at a way forward for higher education.

In addition to some of the industry experts from various part of the world, the conclave was attended by Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani; Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Nitin Patel; Hon. Minister of Education, Government of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama; Smt. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary Education Department, Government of Gujarat; Mr. Geoff Wain, Deputy High Commissioner, UK Deputy High Commission; Mr. Toni Huber, Consul General, Australian Consulate-General; H.E Mr. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to India.

Addressing the conclave, Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shi Vijay Rupani said “This conclave will play a key role in setting up Gujarat as a knowledge hub in India. Gujarat has always been a frontrunner in setting up specialized education institutions, with an aim to make traditional education more employment orientated. Through such Pre-Vibrant Gujarat events, we aim to establish Gujarat as a knowledge economy to cater to the world’s demand. We are committed to invest in the education sector and today five MoUs have been signed in the education sector and I am hopeful many more MoUs & partnership will be signed during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2017. The State Government is committed to support the youth in the area of innovation & technology and our policies are conducive to build up startup & innovation culture among the youth.”

Improving employability quotient in the current global context being the biggest challenge for Indian higher education system, the conclave aimed at identifying new ways and technology in which quality can be enhanced. The discussions during the conclave were also aimed at understanding the best practices of the governance system which may help every academia comprehend its full potential. Moreover, the Government of Gujarat is also aiming at identifying ways of developing an ecosystem to foster innovation to help turn student’s research into productive business model.

Smt. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Education, Government of Gujarat said, “The aim of this conclave is to develop better understanding of the best practices in higher education which will benefit all stakeholders. Government of Gujarat is committed to foster innovation in higher education besides enhancing governance and quality. I hope this day will serve as a landmark in the days to come ahead.”


About Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit:

The Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which started in 2003 to rekindle the pace of investments in the state, has since established itself as one of the most important international business events in the country. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is an example of the visionary approach of the Government of Gujarat towards inclusive and sustainable development by ensuring policy coherence and effective investment promotion. Far from the regional investment fair that characterized the first Summit in 2003, the biennial Summit has today become a unique forum for idea exchange, knowledge sharing, networking, explore business opportunities, sign cooperation agreements and partnerships, while setting the policy agenda to meet some of the current global challenges.

Having successfully organized seven constructive summits, Government of Gujarat, as part of its journey towards sustainable long-term growth and inclusive development is organizing the 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit from the 10th to 13th of January 2017 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar. The central focus of the 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is “Sustainable Economic and Social Development”. The Summit will bring together Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, leaders from the corporate world, senior policy makers, heads of international institutions and academia from around the world to further the cause of development and promote cooperation.

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