Final agenda for VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2014; register to grab a few seats left

The final agenda for India's largest education investment conference aims to cover all the thrust areas driving the Indian education sector. The conference will be a meeting ground for India's leading & emerging edupreneurs, startups, education enthusiasts, private investors and consultants watching the sector closely and helping drive the change. Register now to grab the last few seats left.

The summit is scheduled for November 27 at WelcomHotel Sheraton, Saket, New Delhi.

Take a look at the final agenda and speakers:

8:30am - 9:30am

Tea, Networking & Registration

9:30am - 9:45am

Introductory Note

9:45am - 10:30am

Panel I: Changing landscape of education delivery: What do we see next?

The current NDA government’s maiden Budget manifesto not failing to touch upon areas concerning elementary schools, business schools, e-learning, skills & training seemed to be a welcome change, but what about the incentives proposed to attract private investments in education? Can the improved sentiments drive ‘invest in education’ agenda? When can we see government granting infrastructure status for the education sector? What are the changing dynamics with regards to affordability, accessibility, delivery and job relevance impacting Indian education industry? What other significant reforms can we see in five years? With mixed sentiments from the private investors, what will be the catalyst driving changes in education delivery in the coming years?

Prasad Gadkari - Partner, IDFC Private Equity

Ravi Agarwal - Professor and Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs), O P Jindal Global University

Ryan Pinto - CEO, Ryan International Group of Institutions

Anand Sudarshan - Venture Advisor, TVS Capital (Moderator)

10:30am - 11:15am

Panel II: How technology-enabled learning is enhancing student experience across K-12 & higher education spectrum

Getting digitisation at the forefront to address various challenges is not a new concept to the industry. However, the larger question is how long it will take to make its presence felt across India in the primary & secondary education space. Is technology just helping bring students online or is it a true solution provider to bridge the online-offline gap in core education? With the mixing of technology in the core education space, the number of startups & entrepreneurs venturing into this space is increasing. But are they getting successful enough in ensuring teacher-student-parent connect or are they joining the already existing rat race, which is bringing out a lot of content online but are unable to deliver real educational value to the major offline system? How do they justify its existence? What are the few disruptions seen in the K- 12 & higher education space with the advent of technology?

Sanjay Purohit - Founder, Director & CEO, iProf Learning Solutions India Pvt. Ltd

Suku Bhaskaran - Director, GD Goenka World Institute

Vinay Sharma - Business Head – Digital and Services, S.Chand Group

Ram Gollamudi - Founder and CEO, Edutor Technologies India Pvt. Ltd

Sandeep Aneja - Founder and MD, Kaizen Private Equity (Moderator)

11:15am - 11:45am

Tea & Networking Break

11:45am -12:30pm

Panel III: Driving horizontal excellence in schools: People management, technology, quality, finance, marketing & student experience

Are the doors still wide open for passionate players in the K-12 market that demands huge capital, qualified man power, digitisation and deep technical know-how? K-12 being a regional play, how are individual brands and school chains driving excellence in people management, delivery, student experience, quality and technology adoption? How are players managing a trade-off between driving excellence and making profits, amid exorbitant real estate cost or the capital intensive nature of business? With global tie-ups and international school chains firming their presence in India, what lessons are learnt by Indian-origin schools in achieving excellence?

Raj Grover - The Chief Mentor, Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd

Amol Arora - Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Shemrock & Shemford Group of Schools

Y V Rajasekhar - Co-Founder and MD, People Combine Education Initiatives Ltd

Gene Eidelman - Co-Founder & President, Mosaica Education (Moderator)

12:30pm - 12:50pm

Entrepreneur Address

Satya Narayanan R - Chairman, Career Launcher Education Infrastructure & Services Ltd.

12:50pm - 2:00pm

Lunch & Networking

2:00am - 2:45pm

Panel IV: Future of higher education in India - Traditional vs. new age technology focused models

With the government opening doors for foreign universities to set up campuses and collaborate with established higher education institutes, will we see resolution of issues such as shortage of faculty, deficient physical infrastructure, run-of-the-mill curriculums, ill-equipped libraries/knowledge banks and quality research? How can the eco system evolve to address the prime concern ‘quality higher education vis-a-vis job prospects’? What is the role of for-profit institutes and private players in bringing in quality & transparency? What can be done to attract private investments into cash-starved higher education system? Barring a few institutes claiming to be of global delivery standards, what can private players do to tap the market opportunity and deliver world-class higher education locally, targeting students opting to choose foreign institutes over Indian counterparts?

Kaushik Bellani - Managing Director, Mcgraw-Hill Education India Pvt Ltd

Amit Kapur - Managing Promoter, Vedatya Institute

Mohan Lakhamraju - Vice Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management

Adam Davies - Chairman, Ledmac Ltd

Mukul - Partner, Saif Partner (Moderator)

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Panel V: Opportunities within the under-tapped vocational training market in India

Being one of the critical elements of skill development in India, vocational training & education market brings in a lot of opportunities to accelerate the industries by and large. How can emerging businesses within the vocational training vertical draw the attention of the youth? Limited relevance of vocational education courses in catering to job market needs, shortage of quality faculty, less private participation and shortage of funds are among the challenges confronting the sector. How can players draw a sustainable and viable business model keeping in mind the existing problems and the ever-changing needs of the industry? Can vocational training bring the next growth blocks for the education sector? How are entrepreneurs taping the niche opportunities & delivering scalable models?

Gayathri Vasudevan - CEO, LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd

Atul Bhatnagar -Chief Operating officer, NSDC

Ashutosh Phatak - Co-founder & Sr. MD, The True School of Music

Girish Singhania - Founder & CEO, Edubridge Learning Pvt. Ltd

Toby Linden - Lead Education Specialist, The World Bank Group (Moderator)

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Tea & Networking

4:00pm - 4:30pm

VCCircle Showcase

Here five exciting and innovative education focused companies will make presentations on their business, differentiation, traction, product market opportunity and how they will disrupt existing ecosystem to create value.


Prasad Gadkari - Partner, IDFC Private Equity

Srikrishna Ramamoorthy - Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

4:30pm - 5:15pm

Panel VI: Is the e-tutorials, test preparations market connecting the dots?

With internet and digitisation taking over the coaching institutes, how are players going to keep themselves ahead of the curve while working out of their own premises and facing stiff competition from e-tutorials? Do combined models of e-learning & classrooms have an edge over standalone e-learning courses yet? Are test preparation centres, which have been using pen & paper since inception, completely moving online? What are the important trends/ innovations observed in the changing Indian test prep & e-tutorials market? Is the industry meeting the expectations of parents and students? Are both the channels able to deliver quality education?  How are the ancillary businesses like e-commerce sites, e-books, stationery sellers and consultants generating revenues through test prep & e-tutorials?

Ashutosh Modi - Executive Director,

Aditi Avasthi - Founder and CEO,

Sameer Gautam - Founder & CEO, Rank Junction Pvt. Ltd

Vineet Gupta - MD, Jamboree Education Pvt. Ltd

Dilip Dusija, Partner, BDO India

Jayanta Banerjee, Managing Partner, ASK Pravi Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd (Moderator)

5:15pm onwards

VCCircle Unwind

This session will provide more networking time to entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.

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